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GREY2K USA Action Alert


Action Alert: Calls & E-mails Needed!


A few days ago, a greyhound trainer named Ursula O'Donnell was asked to leave Naples-Ft. Myers Greyhound Park after track ownership learned that she had been arrested in 2002 for felony animal cruelty and criminal conspiracy.

While we are grateful for this turn of events, the story is not yet over. We remain concerned that O'Donnell was given an occupational license by the State of Florida and allowed to work in the dog racing industry. That is why we asked the State of Florida today to open an investigation, and permanently revoke her license to work with greyhounds.

Ursula was arrested in 2002 after an alleged co-conspirator named Robert Rhodes admitted to killing thousands of greyhounds by gunshot for a $10 fee. The state of Florida conducted a thorough investigation, which uncovered a check from Ursula O'Donnell to Robert Rhodes that was apparently provided to him shortly before his arrest. However, the charges against her were dropped when Rhodes died and other witnesses refused to testify.

Even though Ms. O'Donnell escaped trial, the state has strong evidence that she participated in a conspiracy that led to the deaths of a large number of greyhounds by gunshot.

Please call and e-mail the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering today, and politely ask the Director to open an investigation, and consider revoking her license. You can reach the Division at:

Milton Champion, Director
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Please send your e-mail today. The greyhounds can’t speak for themselves and depend on us to be their voice.

For the greyhounds,

Christine Dorchak and Carey Theil

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Dogs Found Buried on Rhodes Farm, 2002

Dogs Found Buried
on Rhodes Farm, 2002






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