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Puppy Killer Gets Shocking Sentence

Puppy Killer Gets Shocking Sentence

A Fort Greene, N.Y. man convicted of aggravated animal cruelty received only four months in prison — a sentence that shocked animal lovers, as well as the District Attorney.

Dudley Ramsey, a 25 year old, 270-pound iron worker, became angry with his Dachshund puppy, Junior, while trying to give him a bath. He slammed Junior against the side of the tub, breaking six of the puppy’s ribs and damaging his lungs and liver. When he took the tiny Dachshund to a vet (six hours later), he died.

And this wasn’t the first time a dog has died under Ramsey’s care. After he was convicted, Ramsey reportedly shrugged off the measely four month sentence and admitted to killing another Dachshund. That dog, Viola, was later found buried in his girlfriend’s back yard; there was not enough evidence to go to trial.

The “slap on the wrist” sentence was a shock to almost everyone involved with the case. The DA, Carol Moran, allegedly received over 100 emails pleading that Ramsey be given the maximum two year sentence for aggravated animal abuse. She, herself, was pushing for that outcome. Alas, for whatever reason, judge Michael Gary did convict Ramsey of aggravated abuse, a felony, but gave only a minimal sentence.

Ramsey’s lawyer argued that “If he intended to kill or seriously injure [the dog] he would not be bathing it, or giving it medicine, discipline it or take it to the vet.” 

Whether killing the puppy was intentional or not, it’s probably safe to say Ramsey has issues with rage, violence and abuse. His behavior certainly illicits a conversation about the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence.

Different states have different laws when it comes to animal cruelty. In fact, only 46 states have felony sentences for animal abuse — meaning that in four states, Ramsey could have abused the puppy in any way and only have been charged with a misdemeanor. 

Animal abuse is a serious, dangerous crime. Other animals are protected from mistreatment under the Animal Welfare Act, but this law doesn’t include an individual’s abuse of domestic animals.


Tell the U.S. Congress to add on to the Animal Welfare Act by signing this petitionMake animal abuse a felony crime in all 50 states, set a minimum sentence for animal cruelty convictions, and prevent those convicted of animal cruelty from owning another pet.

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7:43AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:56AM PDT on Sep 19, 2010


4:26PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

Sick individual.Even locking up is too easy for him.
He needs to be matched with someone his own size.

2:38PM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

ALllt he best like him need to be in jail for all the life or he needs to exit when is sane.

5:20AM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

This man is a sick person, he needs to go to jail for a long time, anyone who could do this to an innocent animal is a very sick man. How can someone hurt an animal who loves and trusts you to care for them ? Put the man away, and the Judge needs to think about his sentence,s.

6:36PM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

This is why animal cruelty should be made a FELONY - because of little bastards like this that pick on animals that can't defend themselves - he's probably a woman beater too.

3:42PM PDT on Jun 20, 2010


9:54AM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

Dudley is a DUD! So is the judge who applied the joke sentence. I would love to get my hands on both of them. Such a sad thing and both men are idiots!!!

7:24AM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

Patricia P- "Their sentences should send them to the harshest prisons where they will be beaten up and raped by his or her prison inmates"

Patricia wouldn't YOU like to KNOW what RELIGION he BELONGED to so that YOU can BLAME, INSULT and CONDEMN the RELIGION of this MAN from AMERICA who COMMITTED such a VILE, BARBARIC and DEMENTED Act. How could anyone from such a Civilized Country as America do his to a poor little puppy. What a SICK SICK Act against the creature of GOD dont you think Patricia.???

Hope this shows you THERE ARE EVIL AND BARBARIC PEOPLE in ALL COUNTRIES( Yes even in Civilized America).

12:20AM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

Rita L. I think your comment was the greatest!!! You said it as it should be said. Too much hand slapping when it concerns animal abuse. Those judges should be thrown off their benches. Their sentences should send them to the harshest prisons where they will be beaten up and raped by his or her prison inmates. And they should be put there for a very long time.

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