Director, Animal Cruelty Prosecutions
Sherry Ramsey, Esq., is The HSUS's Director of Animal Cruelty Prosecutions. She worked in The HSUS's Animal Protection Litigation department before she began focusing exclusively on animal cruelty prosecutions in 2009. Ramsey began working for The HSUS in 2005.
A former assistant district attorney and a current adjunct professor of animal law at New York Law School, Ramsey specializes in helping prosecutors build effective animal cruelty cases. Her prosecutor and judicial training seminars provide lawyers with tools to charge, prosecute, and properly adjudicate animal cruelty cases.
In early 2009, Ramsey expanded her legal training seminars to include Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) attorneys and prosecutors on military bases. The seminars launched at Fort Bliss,and ultimately included several invitations to speak at the Army JAG school in Charlottesville, Va. As a result of this attention to the issue of animal cruelty, the Joint Service Committee on Military Justice proposed including a paragraph on animal cruelty and abandonment in the Uniform Code of Military Justice to provide stronger penalties and more consistent enforcement of animal cruelty within the military. (That provision is still pending.)
In 2012, Ramsey began working with federal agencies to provide input and training on federal animal cruelty crimes. This included presentations at a day-long training seminar at the FBI offices in Newark, N.J., as well as a presentation at a seminar hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
As a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey, Ramsey runs an online group for prosecutors and attorneys general to exchange ideas and information on animal cruelty cases.
Ramsey co-authored two articles in Juvenile and Family Justice Today called "Protecting Domestic Violence Victims by Protecting Their Pets" and "Cause for Concern: Juveniles and Crimes of Animal Cruelty." Ramsey has also published several articles on prosecuting animal cruelty cases for the quarterly newsletter of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
Since 2009, Ramsey has conducted dozens of seminars or spoken on animal cruelty issues (including domestic violence and juvenile crime) across the country.
Legal professionals can email Sherry Ramsey with questions on animal work.