Dachshund killer Dudley Ramsay was sentenced to just four months in prison on Friday despite a massive “all paws bulletin” demanding that the wiener-dog abuser receive the full two years for the murder.
Judge Michael Gary levied the feeble sentence, even though he received dozens of e-mails from dog lovers begging him to send the Fort Greene resident away as long as legally possible.
“This is a tragedy,” said Mike Szymanski of the Dachshund Examiner, whose coverage of the case sparked the e-mail blitz. “[The four months] is a fraction of what Ramsay certainly deserves. It was a slap on the wrist and showed that the judge didn’t care.”
Ramsay was convicted in March on aggravated animal cruelty stemming from his decision to “discipline” the 5-month-old dog by smashing him against a bathtub, causing six fractured ribs and damage to the pup’s lungs and liver.
Ramsay then waited several hours before taking Junior to a veterinary hospital, where he died.
After the conviction, Szymanski, a Greenwood Heights native who owns three Dachshunds, wrote about how the 25-year-old shrugged off the verdict and freely admitted to killing another dachshund.
Szymanski then asked readers to e-mail their outrage to Gary and District Attorney Charles Hynes.
“[Ramsay’s crime] was just so brutal and he seemed so callous and cavalier about the whole thing, I thought his case would outrage other people and dog lovers,” he said.
His instincts were right on.
Hynes’s spokesman Jerry Schmetterer said that the district attorney’s office received over 100 e-mails from pet owners across the country, demanding that Ramsay gets the maximum sentence.
“I’m sick to my stomach and my blood’s boiling from anger,” wrote one of the district attorney’s virtual correspondents, who identified himself as “a human and animal lover.” “[Ramsay] is one sick, cruel, and dark human being!”
Yet dog lovers contacting the DA’s office were barking up the wrong tree, so to speak.
Deputy District Attorney Carol Moran pushed for the maximum, Schmetterer said, but the sentencing decision rested with Gary, who made an untold number of two- and four-legged enemies, in his leniency towards Ramsay.
“People have to realize that Dachshund lovers can be way more radical than the Tea Party if we find out than an injustice has been done,” Szymanski said. “This is something that could cost this judge his office.”
Gary could not be reached for comment by our yapping online deadline. Ramsay’s attorney Douglas Rankin also didn’t return our calls in time.
In previous interviews, Rankin said Ramsay never intended to kill Junior.
“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,” he told reporters.