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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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


Well this man is really feeling guilty for what he have done with his first dog.he is 25-year-old Brooklyn was found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty for the deadly beating of his 5-month-old puppy, Junior.
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There square measure a lot of evil folks during this world than there square measure smart. That half-wit United Nations agency caused poor Junior to die deserves to die himself. in reality if I might kill him myself i'd. What the hell is wrong with the planet, do not folks understand they're purported to take care of animals NOT hurt them. I maintain that if you do not LOVE animals why have a pet!!!! i do not care what Junior did, I doubt it bonded a beating far more death. DUDLEY RAMSAY you're definitely aiming to hell for what you probably did.



Why are none of you bleeding hearts mouthing off at each death of an unborn child? One of the main problems in this society is the power of "political correctness", which is nothing more than glossing over an ugly issue that needs to be openly discussed. Killing an animal is bad enough, but killing a baby is "MURDER" and those doing it will certainly face GOD one day and pay for their sins.

Ray Pritchard

We do................when the subject is ABORTION!! The subject here is a little dog.


just very sad.... he actually thinks that beating his puppy til death was just punishment for misbehaving. I would hate to see him react if someone gave him a fender bender. logically, how do you NOT realize the severity of your behavior?

Ray Pritchard

It's cowards like these who wouldn't react at all to a fender bender because the other driver would probably be able to defend themselves. That's the mentality of these types. It's all about the sick and twisted feeling of being totally in control of another breathing being.

ron mchale

come on. get serious . we kill and eat millions of animals a day . he should have just made tacos .


you are so right. what is the difference in how we treat farmed for food animals and beating a dog to death? why is a dog more important than a rat? a dog is chattel and an owner can do with him what he will...we can hope the owner is kind but it is his dog.