Ebro Dog Controversy – Greyhounds Killed

wmbb.com – UPDATE: Ebro Dog Controversy.

Ebro, Fla:
There are new details about the animal cruelty investigation at the Ebro Greyhound Park.

News came Friday that 37 greyhounds were found inside one of the kennels at the park, dozens of them dead.

Sunday, Ebro district general manager Mark Hess says five dogs survived, and not just four like the Washington County Sheriff’s Office originally reported.  Hess says four of the dogs are being housed at the Ebro adoption facility.  The fifth dog is in the custody of a licensed vet.

The sheriff’s office has not confirmed that information, but they did say the surviving animals had duct tape around their necks and could barely breathe when they found them.

Officials are blaming 36 year old Ronald Williams.  He was arrested Friday night on 37 counts of felony cruelty to animals.

Ebro officials say Williams was licensed to rent a kennel to house his greyhounds at the faculty.

Authorities still don’t know what killed the dogs.  Williams is in jail and is being held on 54 thousand dollars bond.

Read more: http://www.panhandleparade.com/index.php/mbb/article/ebro_dogs_vindicated/mbb7726482/#ixzz1436lOYEj

New Orleans Pets In Need of Rescue and or assistance

There have been so many articles written recently about dogs and cats in New Orleans being surrendered to shelters because of the economic impact to the community from the oil spill.The piece aired on Anderson Cooper last night was particularly upsetting. To help this effort you can lean more here

I cannot imagine being in a financial situation where i have to give up my pets, i think we would all live in my car first, unless i could not afford my car.

Who let the dogs in?

Ginnie R. Maurer

Regardless of when and where our relationship with dogs began, it’s been going on for centuries. At some point humans and canines decided life together seemed like a good idea. And so, the dog became our “best” friend. Yet, if we treated a human best friend the way we treat some dogs, we wouldn’t have any friends at all.

While some people look upon the bond between themselves and their dogs with respect, care, and yes, love; others think of “that thing” in the house as repugnant. So, the dog gets left outside, tied to a tree, a rusted out car or a rain barrel.

I have never understood why anyone would have a dog they never play with, take for walks or commune with. Why have a dog? Even those who have working dogs, on farms especially, care for and spend time with their dogs in other than a work relationship. They have built a bond with their dogs. I’m talking about people who get a dog, tie him or her to a tree and then ignore the dog. Why have a dog?

I have two dogs in my home who came from the outdoors. One was attached to a metal chain weighing twice what she did and another was in a fenced yard. Neither had human contact, except at feeding time when a hand would stretch out from a door and put a bowl of something on the ground.

One lived that way for two years; the other for at least four years, maybe longer. When they became part of my household, the one on the chain was totally uncontrollable for about 24 hours; and then when she realized she was safe, she settled down, played with my other dogs and became the happiest dog I’ve ever known. The other was quite docile when he joined my pack. He wanted nothing more than to drape himself over any warm body who would let him.

Contact your commissioners; sign petitions; show up at the hearing; call your friends, neighbors, relatives, colleagues, civic groups, etc. Visit http://www.unchainberkeleycounty.info. Speak up for the chained and penned dogs of Berkeley County. Be their voice in what is ultimately a political process. They don’t vote. You do.

With apologies to Mahatma Gandhi, I end this plea with a simple thought: The greatness of Berkeley County and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Let’s make Berkeley County great. Support the tethering ordinance. Then, the answer to “Who let the dogs in?” will be, “Berkeley County did.”

– Ginnie R. Maurer lives in Falling Waters and can be reached at ginnie.maurer@juno.com or unchainberkeleycounty@comcast.net.

The full article can be found here