Skip to comments.Mom, Daughter Who Trained Dogs to Kill Pig get 60 Days Each in Indian River Jail
Posted on 03/27/2012 12:15:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A mother and daughter who used their dogs to kill a farm-raised pig in their backyard in 2011 are being punished with two months in the county jail and 30 months of probation, Circuit Judge Robert Pegg ruled Monday.
Janice and Ashley Ramirez, also must each pay $1,000 to the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.
Pegg withheld ruling the women guilty of charges of torturing the 40-pound pig and enticing their two dogs to attack it.
Neither woman commented during the sentencing that was part of a plea deal reached in January in a case that gained social media attention and strong public reaction.
That included the women getting two anonymous letters that their attorney, Andy Metcalf, called death threats.
A person in Ohio sent the women a letter saying they should be tied to a pickup truck and dragged through the streets, Metcalf said after the court hearing.
A second threatening letter, which was less specific, was postmarked in Indian River County, he said. Because the letters were unsigned, law enforcement officials werent able to investigate the authors.
Sheriffs investigators first learned of the pig killing through a five-minute video of it that Ashley Ramirez, 21, posted on her Facebook page on March 3, 2011. It showed dogs attacking a pig that had its mouth taped shut.
The video showed Janice Ramirez, 56, telling the dogs to Get him! Bite him! as the pig squealed.
The women contended they were training their dogs for pig hunting, Metcalf said. Afterward, the women cooked and ate the pig.
Before the plea deal, the women each could have faced 10 years in jail, court records show.
Metcalf said it was the womens reflections on the killing that led to their entering no contest pleas to charges in January.
They apologize for the method they used in training their dog, Metcalf said. They feel bad.
No members of the public spoke before Pegg ruled in the case Monday.
When asked how the two women erred legally, Metcalf said it was their setting the dogs on the pig in their enclosed backyard in a residential area in the 2300 block of 84th Court.
The public, he said, should realize there is a hunting culture in the county. People hunt and dogs are used in hunting.
After their arrest, the county took the two womens mixed-breed dogs that were used in the attack. Investigators also found at the home 10 pit bull dogs and one Chihuahua, all of which were turned over to Janice Ramirezs ex-husband.
One very nervous chihuahua, I’ll bet.
What is it with the Hispanic culture, that delights in the torture and death of animals being forced to fight to the death? It’s sick and depraved, but that doesn’t stop them from sharing the ‘sport’ with children.... Dog fights, Bull Fights and even Cock fights ... Masochistic sick bastards.
Oh, yes ... and all cultures are equal < /sarcasm>
That was in response to the lawyer being asked how the women had legally erred....hmmmm
Private property. They broke no laws. People pay good money in Florida to ‘hog’ hunt with dogs. If they chose to use a common pig as use, so be it.
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