Ebro, other Florida tracks see lower revenue, attendance

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

But Theil made no bones about the fact that he thinks dog racing is dying — and believes that’s a “humane change.”

“This is greyhound racing going the way of eight tracks,” he said.

Hess disagrees with the notion greyhounds are mistreated in the industry. After a 2010 incident in which 32 greyhounds died of starvation and dehydration at the hands of owner and trainer Ronald “Ronnie” Williams, track officials said they were investigating policies for off-season kennel inspections to prevent neglect.

The Washington County man was later sentenced to five years in prison for his crimes.

“I think most people understand these dogs are well taken care of, and they’re the owners’ bread and butter,” Hess said las week. “They treat them … as good as they can.”


‘Treading water’

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