Men charged with cruelty after two greyhounds die

19 dogs survive ride from Fla., to be adopted

June 10, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

Nineteen surviving greyhounds from a Florida racetrack and two men who said they tried to save them parted ways from Howard County late Tuesday.

An attorney posted bail for Robert C. Reeves, 30, and Franz J. Scheider, 45 -- both of Bonita Springs, Fla., and charged with animal cruelty -- who then headed home. The director of the National Greyhound Adoption Program, David G. Wolf, took the dogs to Philadelphia, where they arrived safely and will be adopted.

Reeves and Scheider left the Howard County Detention Center a day after they stopped at a Laurel-area rest stop with 21 greyhounds in an aluminum trailer. When motorists noticed the dogs looked stressed from the record heat, they called state police. Officials discovered that two had died and one was in grave condition.

Reeves and Scheider told officials they had the best intentions: They were trying to take the retired race dogs to the Philadelphia adoption agency when they got stuck in gridlock around Washington.

Wolf says he believes the men. He hired their attorney and drove from Philadelphia to pick up the greyhounds from Howard County Animal Control in Columbia. They were transported in a dog trailer slightly larger than the original and with improved ventilation, Wolf said.

"They are all doing fine," he said. The greyhound that was in grave condition "just crawled into the back and slept all the way to Philly."

Wolf said the dogs could be ready for adoption in the next 10 days, as soon as they receive necessary medical attention and have "a sufficient amount of time to recuperate from the trip."

Pub Date: 6/10/99

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