Dachshund Killer Gets Dealt Jail Time

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 2:45pm

On May 7, the trial of Dachshund killer Dudley Ramsay came to a close. The 25-year-old Brooklyn man was found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty for the deadly beating of his 5-month-old puppy, Junior. The incident occurred in 2006.

An ironworker by trade, Ramsay was convicted of punching and repeatedly smashing the pup against the side of the tub. In spite of the dog’s obvious injuries, Ramsay then waited several hours before taking Junior to a veterinary hospital—ultimately resulting in the dog’s death. A necropsy showed extensive internal injuries, including six fractured ribs and damage to the liver and lungs. The alarmed veterinarian contacted the ASPCA for assistance.

After a thorough investigation, Ramsay was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Richard Ryan. Upon questioning, Ramsay admitted that he was only trying to "discipline" Junior for misbehaving during a bath. Further inquiry resulted in Ramsay confessing to killing his first Dachshund puppy, Viola, and burying her body in the backyard. Viola’s remains were unearthed, and a necropsy performed at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Hospital revealed that the small dog’s skull had been crushed.

“I think I need help with anger management because I killed my first dog, too,” Ramsey stated several hours after his arrest, according to Special Agent Ryan’s testimony in court.

The brutality of Ramsay's acts impelled Deputy Assistant District Attorney Carol Moran to push for the maximum sentence allowed by law—two years in jail. Despite her efforts, Ramsay was acquitted of killing Viola, but found guilty of felony animal cruelty in the death of Junior. He was sentenced to four months incarceration by Judge Michael Gary. The ruling also places Ramsay on five years probation, mandates anger management training and psychological counseling, and he is banned from owning an animal for eight years.

"While the severity of the crime certainly would have justified a stiffer sentence, we are pleased that this senseless violence resulted in a felony conviction and a term of incarceration," says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement.

If you know of an animal who is being hurt, please report it. To report animal cruelty in New York City, call the ASPCA's tip line at (877) THE-ASPCA. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty elsewhere.

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People should treat animals as they do each other, the difference being that you use your intelligence to gague the animal's capacity to react, which, if you are a nutritive and protective person, as all animal owners MUST BE, usually results in a happy and productive relationship. Anger Management has become widespread today, with our stress-accumulative lifestyle and lack of respect for ourselves and each other. Maybe if the Catholics put Popeye for Pope things would improve. After all, as long as he has that can of spinach at his touch, anything goes!


In truth people should treat animals as they treat each other, but in reality, people are just as cruel to people!! Wife Beaters, Child Beaters, Husband Beaters! And there are many more categories, too many to list. So I think when people learn to treat Humans properly, maybe then they will also have compassion for Animals. But then again who knows if that will ever happen!!!


People should be treated as they treated their animals!!!!! An "eye for an eye" see how they like being beaten.


In this age of willful abortion on demand, human or animal life is no longer sacred. The results more abuse.

an animal lover

Somebody needs to smash his skull. What goes around comes around. Lock him away for life!

Animal luver

i agree he is a piece of trash- that is ovioulsy nuts! no need for a psych evaluation and he should NEVER be aloowed a pet sick jerk! trash!


There are more evil people in this world than there are good. That moron who caused poor Junior to die deserves to die himself. in fact if I could kill him myself I would. What the hell is wrong with the world, don't people KNOW they are supposed to care for animals NOT hurt them. I maintain that if you don't LOVE animals why have a pet!!!! I DON'T care what Junior did, I doubt it warranted a beating much more death. DUDLEY RAMSAY YOU ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO HELL FOR WHAT YOU DID.



would like to see trash like him beaten to a damn pulp low life


I hope this person is never allowed to own a pet again in his life, and he should stay away from all pets. If I had one, he'd never be allowed anywhere near it.