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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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.


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.