Dead Greyhounds

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A former racetrack security guard who admitted to killing thousands of aging greyhounds over a 40-year span has died two months before he was to stand trial on animal cruelty charges.

Robert Rhodes, who died at his home Monday at age 69, had said he executed the animals with a .22-caliber shot to the head, sometimes taking a $10 fee from the owners.

Investigators believed the remains of as many as 2,000 greyhounds might be buried on his property and that the dogs were shipped from tracks across Florida to Pensacola for Rhodes to pick up.

Rhodes' attorney had argued that the shootings were not inhumane treatment.

The case helped prompt the Alabama House to pass a bill to prevent greyhound race dogs from being destroyed by any means other than lethal injection, but the legislation died in the Senate.