Thursday, October 20, 2011

Greyhound Trainer Receives Five Year Prison Sentence in Ebro Cruelty Case

According to news reports, former greyhound trainer Ronnie Williams plead guilty this morning to 39 counts of animal cruelty. He was arrested last year when dozens of dead greyhounds were discovered in his kennel at Ebro Greyhound Park. According to state officials, the dogs died from starvation, dehydration, or asphyxia.

Williams was sentenced to five years in prison for each charge. However the sentences will run concurrently. He has already spent a year in jail while waiting trial, and will not receive credit for that time served.

There is no doubt that Williams should have received a stiffer penalty for his heinous acts. Sadly, it is common for animal abusers to receive relatively light sentences.

Today's plea is the end of a sad story in which dozens of greyhounds suffered and died. Today, my thoughts are with those dogs.


  1. These acts are so heartless. There is never a good reason for treatment of this nature. I am sure that greyhound rescue groups would have come forward and found homes for these dogs. That is what they do and they do a magnificent job at saving them!

  2. Another Anonymous:
    It's about time someone in the entire industry of abuse got something out of it! :) May he have a wonderful time of reflection, and hopefully this
    will be a warning to those of this kind who do the
    same thing without a conscience.

  3. This blood sport must end....