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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Deborah Sosbey

Dudley Ramsay deserves the same treatment he gave to Junior and Viola. I have no sympathy for anyone who hurts or abuses animals. He will pay on judgement day for sure!


Fact, people that abuse animals are sociopaths that are becoming psychopaths. This guy needs incarceration for a minimal 10 years with mental and emotional testing throughout the entire jail time sentence and should be re-evaluated as a condition prior to leaving Jail. He's not addicted to alcohol, he's a malicious killer with severe anger issues and psychotic episodes.


I don't often share my opinion, mostly I feel it's a waste of time but this is an exception. All I can think of is what the Hell!!! I own a Dachshund among five dogs and he's absolutely wonderful. No Anger Management sessions can erase what he did or make it right, someone should beat the shit out of him and see how he likes being treated that way he did to that helpless animal.


Crimes like this are getting rampant nowadays.. That's why we have to be very careful at all times.. So, prevent it by being observant and alert.. But for me?? I feel so lucky!!, because I found a safety management named Safekidzone.. This is easy to download through smartphones and android phones and this app. has a lot to offer.. Here's a link for your own knowledge and for your Safety as well and your family..


Why does the ASPCA need to have agents with arrest powers. Can't the county sheriff's office handle arrests in the usual fashion following issue of a warrant? But in any event, glad this bloke got his jail time.


Oh wow, what a deterring sentence. i am sure his two years in jail will ensure he doesn't harm another innocent defenseless animal. Perhaps next time it will be a defenseless small child and we can give him three years instead. Ahhhh, justice in America. Where is your hand so I can slap it? Bad human. I am disgusted at best.


just so sad; this person should not be allowed anymore to have another pet.


we as people should punish crimes against animals a lot harder than we do. This is where serial killers get their start. this guy beat a five month old puppy to death plus admitted he killed his first dog. Whats wrong with people.

proud american

The ironic thing is that most of these comments come from people who support the killing of unborn children but rush to the aid of an innocent animal. Double standards are the problem with this country!