Greyhound Breeder Gets 30-Day Jail Term For Dumping Dogs
PHOENIX (AP) _ A dog breeder was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25,000 Tuesday for criminal littering in the dumping of dead greyhound dogs in a citrus orchard.
Glen Eugene McGaughey, 64, also was ordered to complete 400 hours of community service at the Arizona Humane Society, said Judge Ronald Reinstein of Maricopa County Superior Court.
McGaughey, the top greyhound racer in the state, pleaded no contest Feb. 27 to a felony charge of dumping four dogs and ordering the same fate for 18 others.
McGaughey also will have his license to race dogs revoked for five years, said Gary Fitzsimmons, spokesman for the state Department of Racing.
″I have no future,″ McGaughey said after sentencing. ″It’s been a nightmare. I have been stripped of everything.″
He is to report to jail May 8 but is eligible for a work furlough program, under which he can be credited two days for every day served, said his attorney, William Stine.
McGaughey, who lives in the Chandler area south of Phoenix, was forced to close his greyhound operation after the discovery of 143 dog carcasses in a Chandler Heights citrus grove in January.
Steve Lump, an investigator for the racing department, testified Monday he believed McGaughey was responsible for all 143 of the dogs dumped in the orchard. He based his conclusion on the fact that all the dogs found with registration tattoos were traced back to McGaughey.
The discovery prompted a public outcry from animal rights groups who called on the greyhound racing industry to stop killing dogs.
Joan Eidenger, an advocate for greyhound racing reform, said she thought the sentence was fair.