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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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.


you are probably as bad as him


2 Years?! The laws need to be changed