Maximum Sentence for Greyhound Killer

Published by PETA.

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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