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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Bally Chohan

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It is horrible that a society would put a human being in prison for something that he did to an animal. The dog is his property and the man should be able to do whatever he wants to his property. Plus, human life is sacred, while dog life is trivial at best. To put the man in prison is horrible.


I hope you remember this comment you are making today- as most people in our normal society knows that most seriral killers start by taking pleasure out of hurting, maimimg, torturing and killing small animals and then they progress to killing humans. This is his second little dog he killed in a terrible manner - in one respect you are right no prison sentence - Send him to have a psych evaluation, which I have no doubt will defintely prove he is a very dangerous person and should be detained in a secure facility until he is deemed fit to be released into normal society.- LOCK HIM UP and you buddy - get yourself checked out - in the meatime stay away from lall animals


What is happening to this world we live in???? This is probably not the first animal he has murdered, whats next a human?????? So 4 months in jail 5 years probabtion and 8 years until he can legally own another pet!? Where do these numbers come from? How about NEVER allowed to own another pet or allowed to live and work amongst normal people in society. How about a Psych Ward for life....


I understand that everything that has breath has a right to life, but this man got jail rime for killing some dogs and people kill other people everyday and get away with it. they rape and rob people and get away with it. I just dont understand this justice system...