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Community Stunned After Florida Man Charged With Starving 32 Greyhounds

By Sarah Netter for abcnews.go.com

The discovery of dozens of greyhound racing dogs tormented and left to starve to death after this fall’s racing season had ended has angered and appalled law enforcement and humane officials.

Thirty-two grossly emaciated dogs have been found dead at a kennel owned by Ebro dog trainer Ronald John Williams. Another five were found alive, three of them severely malnourished, and are being nursed back to health.

Food for the dogs was found rotting in a broken freezer and several of the animals were found with duct tape tightly wound around their jaws and necks, said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock.

“We don’t know if it’s a combination of trying to speed up the process or to keep them from barking,” he said.

The sheriff was shocked at what his officers discovered.

“Thirty-two years I’ve been in law enforcement here locally and with the prosecutor’s office also … I’ve never seen animal cruelty cases like this one,” Haddock said.

“We hope he rots in prison,” said Mark Hess, the assistant manager at the Ebro Greyhound Park in Florida, where the dogs raced this year.

Williams was charged with 37 counts of felony animal cruelty and is suspected in an animal cruelty investigation in a neighboring county in which the remains of eight more dogs, believed to be greyhounds, were found dumped under a bridge a half-mile from his Ponce de Leon, Fla., home.

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Houseofjax
Houseofjax
11 years ago

Such a horrible semi-human.

Sundaesmiles
Sundaesmiles
11 years ago

I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW NOONE IN THE AREA DIDNT NOTICE ANY OF THESE K9s EMACIATED~~NOONE KNEW??? BULL!!!

Kenn Bell
11 years ago
Reply to  Sundaesmiles

Please don’t use All Caps. It’s very hard to read. Thanks!

K9S4ME
K9S4ME
10 years ago

DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING!!!  I am apalled as well by the lack of respect he has shown these animals.  Rot in Jail!

Uralosergetalife
Uralosergetalife
10 years ago

Look at that Poor Baby. Ronald John Williams may they duct tape your mouth & Neck And starve you to death. There are Places that would have taken your Greyhounds to be Adopted to good loving homes. As they ended Racing in Mass.Thank God. The Greyhounds were all sent to places waiting to be adopted. I have a Greyhound & Lab. Have had Numerous Greyhounds over the Years, They are the Most Loyal, Loving, Affectionate dogs you could have. May You Rot you piece of Crap. You will get whats coming to you.

Uralosergetalife
Uralosergetalife
10 years ago

Look at that Poor Baby. Ronald John Williams may they duct tape your mouth & Neck And starve you to death. There are Places that would have taken your Greyhounds to be Adopted to good loving homes. As they ended Racing in Mass.Thank God. The Greyhounds were all sent to places waiting to be adopted. I have a Greyhound & Lab. Have had Numerous Greyhounds over the Years, They are the Most Loyal, Loving, Affectionate dogs you could have. May You Rot you piece of Crap. You will get whats coming to you.

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