ASPCA Rescues 50 Dogs in Bronx Dog Fighting Case

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 12:30pm

Nearly 50 dogs, ranging in age from 12 weeks to five years, were found yesterday living in the windowless basement of a six-story apartment building in the Bronx. The space, which served as a makeshift dog fighting arena, was littered with crude wooden cages and had the capacity for roughly 100 spectators. Raul Sanchez, the building’s superintendant, was taken into custody and charged with animal fighting, a felony.

Working closely with the NYPD Vice Enforcement Division and the Bronx District Attorney's Office, our team played a critical role in the rescue of the dogs, forensic evidence collection and on-scene documentation.

Also discovered on scene were a loaded .25-caliber handgun, U.S. currency, and other equipment associated with dog fighting—including dog treadmills, harnesses, muzzles, syringes and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts.

"Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture," says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. "The dogs we saw today exhibited scarring and injuries consistent with fighting dogs. We’re determined to protect New York City's animals from this form of cruelty."

The dogs, many of whom showed scars from fighting, were transported to a temporary shelter for further evaluation by our emergency response medical team. The ASPCA will continue to provide legal support to the Bronx District Attorney's Office to help prosecute the case.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Alex de Campi

For shame, ASPCA. You took these dogs and dumped some of them -- including 4 week old puppies -- at the kill shelter 10 blocks down the road from your shiny office building. You haven't saved them, you've CONDEMNED them to sickness and then, within three days, being killed without sedative at the ACC. Go back to doing what you do best, selling pet insurance, because you sure as hell aren't SAVING these dogs. You're just transporting them from one bad situation to another.

Anyone who doesn't believe me, go to and inquire about these dogs, all on the First Alerts yesterday: JO 93626, JACK 936271, GETTY 936272, BLUE 936276, RONNIE 936276, LEO 936282, BETTY 936283, LISA 936284, JOHN 936286, GABY 936287, SWEETIE 936288, ELSA 936289, KATTY 936290, DORA 936291, TARA 936293


please tell me this is not true! are you really taking them to a kill shelter? Oh my God, Lord please don't tell me the people we all thought we could trust in to help those in need, the one who advertise's "we are their voice", those whoe have commercials on tv and take donations from people like me who LOVE animals and pray for someone like you (who we thought was doing awesome work)to save them is taking them to a kill shelter, your not any better, what has happened to this world, lord please do not let this continue....I am so sadden to hear this, I trusted in you, believed in you, looked up to your for the work I thought you were doing, what a disappointment, om my Lord, what a disappointment........

Julia Ferris

People should know the ASPCA, (an organization that collects millions in donations) COULD have rescued all of these poor, abused pups, but instead, they chose to already start dumping them on an overburdened high-kill shelter-- the NYC ACC. Once at the NYC ACC, they will most likely succumb to an illness and then be put on a euthanasia (KiLL) list, and be killed.


I sure hope that all the dogs and puppies are properly evaluated and able to live normal lives. I would hate to see them in shelters like other pit bulls who get put down every single day.

Chanel & Family

These dogs are not yet safe! They were taken from one hell hole and then dumped into another. This illusion of safety is ridiculous. The public has been duped by the ASPCA into thinking that these dogs are safe when many of them have actually been taken to a kill shelter riddled with sickness and filth. There they will be assessed while terrified and then either offered up for rescue or adoption as the clock ticks. Some will ultimately be placed on the euthanasia list. I am sorry, but I do not believe that this is saving dogs. I am not as gullible and naive as the general public. I have been there and seen the truth. Why can they not tell the truth? Ask questions people!!!


Killing is not rescue. You people are not rescuing 50 dogs. You are taking them from a bad situation to a sure death. My family and friends are NEVER making any donations to your shit organization until it is a NO KILL organization with a plan to use some of your millions of dollars to save every animal you get your hands on.

Jeff Sikora

Rescuing these puppies is not turning them over to NYC's ACC high kill facilities. If you want to truly rescue these dogs bring them over to your mulimillion dollar facility. Save them the cruel and agonizing death from filth and disease - or the needle which ever gets them first. Shame on you - sorry to have been a supporter.


NO FINES. NO JAIL TIME. NO PENALTIES. Enough is enough. As an animal rescue volunteer, I see horrific situations like this constantly, things that would make the strongest person weep. I have grown disgusted with some of the human race and with that said, the only way we will stop this abuse is to exterminate the sociopaths involved with animal abuse, dog fighting and exploitation. Behind evil and greed, you will find unscrupulous humans lurking. The human race decided to domesticate animals; we are now responsible for their well being. The world will fare better if we euthansize these idiots and spare the innocent animals.


I feel so sorry for those babies. Thank the lord that ASPCA rescued them. I couldn't ever think of watching dogs fight to the death. Thank you ASPCA!

Jeniffer kozlowski

Before you thank the ASPCA for "saving" these dogs why don't you ask them what they did with the dogs? At least 15 dogs so far have bbeen dumped by the ASPCA in a filthy germ infested high kill shelter in New York City, Manhattan Animal Care and Control. This morning MACC killed 32 dogs to make space for the dogs dumped by the ASPCA. These dogs will now lanuish in a filthy cage ALONE without human care or love or contact for WEEKS on DOH hold before being euthanized. THIS IS NOT A RESCUE, THIS IS NOT SAVING DOGS. The dogs have led a horrible life and now the ASPCA punishes the dogs not the owners. SICKENING