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Maximum Sentence for Greyhound Killer

Written by PETA | November 1, 2011

Ronnie Williams starved 34 greyhounds to death and will spend five years behind bars—the maximum allowed—after pleading guilty to 39 felony counts of cruelty to animals. Five other dogs in Williams’ “care” at Florida’s Ebro Greyhound Park were found barely alive. PETA had pushed for the most stringent penalty for Williams.

Racing greyhounds typically spend their entire lives in cramped cages and are kept muzzled at all times. These gentle dogs rarely know the comfort of a kind word or a gentle touch. When too old, injured, or tired to continue racing, the dogs are often discarded like garbage.

If you live in Arizona, Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, or Iowa—the last seven states where greyhounds are still forced to race—click here to contact our Action Team to find out what you can do to fight this cruel “sport.”


Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • garth phillips says:

    another reason why we should stay united and fight this human trash. one way is to support peta as much as we can!!!!

  • Barbara Hegedus says:

    Thanks to those in PETA and the state government who jailed this piece of (you know what!); it’s unfortunate that it’s only five years. The more stories I read like this, the more I lean toward and “eye for an eye” punishment.

  • Suzie says:

    Common sense would dictate she should have gotten a year for each dog that died in her care! Then there is Kathy Bauck, who lost her USDA puppy mill breeder license and gets to keep 6 dogs, three unaltered. Her daughter can have puppies up to 12 wks. old, on the same property. The LAWS and our CONGRESS have to make the changes! A dog goes from a “farm animal” in a puppy mill and when they are posed for sale on the internet or in a pet store they become companion animals. What??? Are they sprinkled with fairy dust. So this allows cruelty! For the love of GOD, our country has lost our moral compass. Happy PETA is around…

  • Christine says:

    I don’t feel sorry for this man; he should have received at least one year for each dog he tortured!

  • kristen says:

    its disgusting that he kills 34 greyhounds and only gets 5 years

  • Jean says:

    This is a travesty, I have a saluki cross and being a lurcher breed, the same as greyhounds, she is the sweetest dog you could ever meet. This breed is so sweet and docile, I just don’t understand how anyone could sit back and let these precious dogs starve to death. He deserves every minute he spends in jail and should not get any remission. Dog racing should be banned it is cruel and callous and certainly not a sport, again it’s the exploit of animals for profit. Disgraceful.