Vero Beach, FL — A mother and daughter were sentenced to 60 days in jail after they trained their dogs to kill a 40-pound farm-raised pig in their back yard.
Back in March of last year, 21-year-old Ashley Ramirez posted a five minute video of dogs attacking a pig that appeared to have it’s mouth taped shut. In the video her mother, 56-year-old Janice Ramirez, can be seen telling the dogs to “Get him! Bite him!” as the pig squealed.
Investigators say the women told them they were training their dogs to pig hunt and that they cooked and ate the pig after the dogs killed it.
“It doesn’t even remotely begin to meet any type of criteria for sportsman-like behavior. This is not a practice that’s condoned. It’s not acceptable training methods for animals used in this type of sport, which would be hog hunting,” said Ilka Daniel of the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.
Aside from their stint in jail, Janice and Ashley will also serve 30 months of probation and are expected to pay $1, 000 to the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. This was part of a plea deal reached last January that kept the women from serving a possible 10 years behind bars.
The county seized the mixed-breed dogs used to attack the pig while the ten pit bulls and Chihuahua investigators found in the home where given to the Janice’s ex husband.
Both women have apologized for the method they used in training their dog, according to their lawyer who wants to remind the public that there is a hunting culture in their county and dogs are often used. Even so, the pair are receiving death threats while behind bars.Tags: Animal Cruelty, Ashley Ramirez, Crime, dog, Florida, Janice Ramirez, pig