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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I love animals, and am abhored at how some people treat them. It makes my bloodboil. Ramsey should have more of a sentence than he got, that is for darn sure. If i could get to him, he would be sorry for the deaths of both of those pets. I have had a dachshund,and they are good pets. They are very loving, and loyal, and do not deserve to be smashed against anything. They look up to us for their survival, and and want, and deserve love like anyone else does.

cathy c

so sad
hope he dies in gaol before he is released to harm again.there is no cure for this.


Yes I think that it was definitely wrong what he did, but I think that you animal lovers go to far and are unforgiving more for animal than humans. You don't have a hell to put his man in so you should retract that last statement. This is the way I feel and I really don't care what people think about it.


Nut case


People need to grow up . DOG is GOD spelled backward.


There should be a Most Wanted List where U can post the faces of the people who abuse dogs, and prevent them from ever owning any animal ever again.


I wonder how many of you who claim to love animals are vegetarian? The only difference between the animals you deem loveable & the ones you deem edible are superficial at best. So go ahead & yell @ this guy for being "sick." But remember that bacon you eat did not have a good life or a painless death.


Dogs get special consideration... what about the Pigs, and Cows, and Deer people kill? Seems like a stupid law, while the crime against the dog is deplorable to me, so is the crimes against other animals. Expecially sport killing of them.

Dee Sund

This is the problem in society of people not being taught the laws of God. A poster mentioned abortion. I am amazed when people use the terms zygote and embryo, when talking about one of God's children. Often, it's gutter talk about so many other things. We were all in several stages of development at one time and were never complete until we were grown. Babies are surviving at ever earlier stages of development. Females are the incubators of all mammals, no matter how they may want to dispute it. If a person doesn't abort, they incubate their offspring until they can survive outside the womb. Even then they are totally dependent on a caregiver. There are many facets to the inhumane treatment of both people and animals. Among the worst is the lies that the clergy keeps promoting, telling things that make people stay away from learning about the 'real' God. He is a loving Father to all of us and He wants us to be happy. A poster said that this man is surely going to hell. This is one of the lies taught by the clergy of nearly all the churches. Would our Father send his children to a place of eternal torment and no matter how repentant they might become, their fate is sealed? I'm sure many are aware of all the chances He gave the Israelites to change their ways, but to no avail.He finally disowned them, as is told in several scriptures. Would He not give us another chance? Jesus came to teach a few simple rules, yet few people care enough to read about them. Many people go to a church, but few care to check to see if what they are being told is correct. Jesus warned about ravenous wolves coming to mislead many.If people were to live as God wants them to, the abuse of both people and animals would be very few. As for the person who is obviously a vegetarian,God said that everything that creeps across the ground is good for food. We are to treat animals with kindness while alive and they are to be killed humanely. The next time someone knocks on your door and offers to teach you what God really wants you to know, you might be surprised at 'What the Bible really teaches'


I am an animal rescuer, I have 3 beautiful dogs, which were previously abused by sick jerks like the ahole mentioned in this heartbreaking story. The difference was that none of my dogs abusers were caught or prosecuted. He was given in my opinion a slap on the wrist. When does it end, these beautiful creatures count on us to love them care for them and protect them and then an aborration of god comes and does this, he wasn't the 1st and he won't be that last. I will continue doing all I can to protect mine and the ones that nees help, kitties also. I have 3 rescued kitties to. Love coming home to them