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Susan Netboy, president of the California-based Greyhound Protection League, is offering a $5,000 reward for the identity, prosecution and conviction of the abuser. Netboy added, “We are offering the reward money in hope of getting some answers and some justice for Spirit of Texas, but also because we are very concerned that there may be other greyhounds in peril. That’s why public awareness is so critical.”
Ebro, Florida Update October 20, 2011
Ronald Williams pleaded no contest to 39 counts of felony animal abuse and was sentenced to five years in state prison by Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson. "It is the sentence of this court that you are to serve five years in the Florida Department of Corrections on each and every count, those to be served concurrent to one another." Williams has spent one year in jail while awaiting trial and will not receive credit for the time served.
Source: WJHG-TV (NBC Affiliate)
Ronald John Williams, 36, a
greyhound trainer who had a racing kennel at
Necropsy results on the 32 dead dogs confirmed they died of starvation and dehydration. Haddock said it was obvious that some of the greyhounds had been dead for weeks, possibly never fed again after the racing season ended September 25. Williams is being held in the Washington County Jail on $74,000 bail.
Suspicion about Williams’ kennel was
raised in late October when he brought eight dogs to
Walton Sun: Felicia Kitzmiller; The
FBI agents armed with arrest warrants for legislators, lobbyists and the owners of the state’s largest electronic bingo casinos, were all indicted in a scheme to buy and sell votes that prosecutors called “astonishing in scope.” The indictments came six months after prosecutors and the FBI stunned legislative leaders by informing them that an investigation was under way into vote buying related to an effort in the Alabama Senate to pass electronic bingo legislation.
At a press conference in Washington, Lanny A. Breuer, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, said, “Today, charges were unsealed against 11 legislators, businessmen, lobbyists and associates who, together, are alleged to have formed a corrupt network whose aim was to buy and sell votes in the Alabama Legislature in order to directly benefit the business interests of two defendants, Milton McGregor and Ronald Gilley.”
McGregor, owner of two greyhound tracks, the Birmingham Race Course and Victoryland, was arrested at his home. McGregor has spent millions over the years trying to influence pro-gambling legislation.
The Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack closed for two weeks beginning September 7 to complete more than $450,000 worth of renovations. The renovations were prompted by a spike in the injury rate. According to greyhound injury reports kept by the West Virginia Racing Commission, 62 greyhounds died or had to be euthanized at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack between January 2008 and September 2009, while more than 700 were injured. The records were obtained by Grey2K USA and brought to the attention of the media in January.
Operators of 75-year-old
Gov. John Lynch signed a bill
banning greyhound racing in the state on Thursday, July 8. The signing of House Bill 630, known as the
Greyhound Protection Act, was announced in a prepared statement by the Humane
Society of the
Source: Foster’s Democrat: Editorial
The Kansas Racing and Gaming
Commission revoked the licenses of The Woodlands in
The owners of the North Shore Kennel
Gov. Donald Carcieri signed
legislation that allows
racing in order to offer simulcasting. The track had been required to pay the Rhode Island Greyhound Breeders Association more than $10 million a year.
There are 12 kennels at Dairyland; each kennel holds 60 to 72 greyhounds. According to a spokeswoman for Midwest Greyhound Adoption, the closure will affect approximately 400-600 greyhounds.
The state Division of Gaming launched an active investigation in late October into the deaths of six greyhounds that occurred in August. Four of the dogs bled to death and two more died on the weekend of October 17. Donna Gilson, a spokeswoman for the agriculture department, said her agency took samples of the food the dogs were eating to determine if the food was contaminated. There were no follow-up reports on the investigation.