20 Greyhounds Found Dead At Ebro

Ebro - Washington county sheriff's deputies arrested one man tonight in connection with the deaths of 20-greyhound racing dogs at the Ebro Greyhound Park. But he's not yet charged with the animals' deaths.

State inspectors discovered 20 of the dogs inside one kennel at the Ebro facility. They belonged to a man named Ronny Williams. Ebro officials say they contracted with Williams to race greyhounds during the season, which ended about a month ago.

Under the agreement, Williams and the other owners at the park were supposed to find adoptive homes for their dogs or move them to another track still running races. They say Williams had yet to make any arrangements for any of his animals.

A representative from the local chapter of a national greyhound adoption program says she became suspicious of the condition of Williams' dogs, and called a state inspector. The state inspector found 20 of Williams' dog were dead, and 5 still alive.

Ebro officials made it clear Friday night that under their agreement the dog owners are solely responsible for the health and safety of their animals. At this point, authorities are trying to determine what killed the animals. It's possible they may have gotten some bad food or contracted some type of disease. But witnesses on the scene told us Friday night it appeared they'd been starved to death.

Ebro owners say they are devastated by the situation and want to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.

Williams, the owner of the dogs involved, was arrested Friday night for driving with a suspended license. But he could face far more serious charges if authorities determine he was responsible for the deaths of the 20-dogs.


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  • by Rup Location: UK on Nov 9, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    @ "dogs have no souls" - Neither do you
  • by Kris Location: Florida on Nov 5, 2010 at 09:38 PM
    If you can't treat animals with respect,obviously you have a screw loose!
  • by Lisbeth Mønsted Larsen Location: Farum Denmark on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    There is no such things as "just dogs" How do you know that they do not have a soul? They are Gods creations just as humans are there is no such thing as just a dog they are sentient beings with emotions and the abillity to show love,compassion,loyalty and sadness ,fear and devotion can you honestly say the same? With the comment you have so carelesly made above be prepared for people to react with disdain. Most people realy love their dogs and regard them as familymembers and you are offending a lot of good people with your thoughtless comment. " The one who has never known a dogs love still has part of his soul fast asleep. I for one love my greyhounds and whippet with all my heart and soul are you saying I am a soulless creature because I have devoted my life to sighthounds as well as humans??????????.
  • by Lisbeth Mønsted Larsen Location: Farum Denmark on Nov 5, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    In refrence to your comment.Quote "You guys act as if 30 babies were killed" Well greyhounds are as innocent as newborn babies. Life is sacred regardless of species. Some of us have greyhounds that love as much as you do your babies nothing wrong with that as long as we respect them as a species and treat them with care compassion and love respect for what they are namely regal sighthounds that deserve to be treated better than some cheap comodity. Sadly that is how many greyhounds within racing are being treated is it any wonder that we think this wrong and that they deserve to be familymembers rather than treated with such contempt and disrespect as these poor greyhounds have been. Starved to death is that fair on dogs locked in tiny cages and defenceless depandent on their carer who disregarded them? So if we question the racing industry and The Ebro Greyhound park is that so wrong seen in the light of what has been allowed to happen?
  • by dogs have no souls Location: P.C. on Nov 5, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    you guys act like this guy killed 30 babies. They are just dogs. Reality check time people
  • by daniel Location: NY on Nov 4, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    reader from DC you are completly wrong that there is no reason for greyhounds to be born, i myself have owned and raised many greyhounds and have even had 2 litters of pups from them, they would exist for their beauty reguardless of racing. you are always going to have your bad apples for anything including greyhound racing. do you frown upon horse racing because of the bad that goes on with that? what about human sports?
  • by Reader Location: D.C. on Nov 2, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    Also, to B: The soft diet they are fed on the track does affect their teeth. Some kennels probably are better than others, but I suspect the truth is much bleaker than the way you describe it--racing dogs is a business and humane care and handling of "useless" dogs costs money. As a society we still have a long way to go to treat all our animals with respect, but I think that continuing to allow exploitation of animals by racing them or failing to curb fighting leads to the types of neglectful attitudes towards pets that you've described.
  • by Reader Location: D.C. on Nov 2, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    Joseph, you are the shallow thinker. There is no reason for greyhounds to be born in the first place except that greedy people want to make money off of them, so it makes no sense that we should be grateful to racing for continuing to churn them out. I'm not affiliated with any organization, but I am a greyhound adopter. I love my dog the and RESPECT the many wonderful qualities of the breed, but I'm sure I'm not alone saying that I would be happy to rescue one of the other millions of dogs our society casts away each year because of people like you who will treat another one of God's creatures like a worthless object for man to create and destroy at his will.
  • by Phillip Location: Panama City Beach on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Some dogs do get treated well while they are working and some trainers work with the Greyhound Pets of America (they need donations)to help with the seasonal dump of dogs that don't make the cut. If it weren't for these organizations the trainers would have no choice but to destroy them. And to say that we are lucky to have greyhound racing so we could own their discarded dogs is unbeleiveable. And lastly, this is more common than you would think. Just a few years ago they found a farm in Alabama with around 3000 dead greyhounds that came from the Pensacola track. They had been shot in the head. The land owner was paid $10 a dog to get rid of them. Those dogs don't think that dog racing is the "best thing that ever happened to the greyhound breed".
  • by B Location: USA on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    @Hayley, I have 3 retired racers that I adopted. You dogs scars are not from abuse, they are just from either growing up or racing. I have one girl who's only scars are from my three running around the yard and one catching the other with a toenail or something. You can't blame the scars on abuse. Sighthounds have more gum disease problems because of the structure of their jaws, tightness of lips, and dryness of mouth. Pitted enamel is another reason that sighthounds are more prone to gum disease. Do you even know what they are fed growing up and at the track? Stop buying into all the sensationalist rhetoric about greyhound racing. Go to a kennel. Go to a farm. See it for yourself. Most kennels have heat & A/C. Vets see the dogs regularly. Most leave the track in great condition. The worst looking greyhounds I have ever seen were dogs neglected by adoptive owners, not those coming from the track. Some people do bad things, but you can't punish everyone for the few people who are bad.
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