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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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Elizabeth Shafiroff

the aspca are liarssssssss! What a joke!

Jodi

Glad to see most everyone is feeling the same way I am about this supposed "help" the ASPCA gave these dogs. I'm sure many of them will be on the "To Be Destroyed" List from the NYCACC and at urgentdeathrowdogs.org in minimal time. Hopefully a rescue or someone in that area truly helps these poor dogs from further harm.

Alexandra

Millions in funding and the ASPCA still has a giant building with only room for a few dogs to be adopted. How can you claim to be rehabilitating these dogs when you dumped them in NYCs most notorious pound? Where even a yellow lab has a day or two to live. This is the final straw for me. Despite all your good work with the carriage horses and rescuing I cannot in good faith continue to support you with my monthly payments. On top of it all I am sick of getting letters every week that are clearly a waste of precious money, since I am on automatic donations. Heartbreaking that you let these guys down after rescuing them so gallantly. Sincerely, a very Disappointed Guardian.

Gloria Hong

People reading this thanking the ASPCA for being saviors need to wake up. This was a long ongoing investigation, where they knew in advance the size and scope of this ring, and most importantly: HOW MANY DOGS WERE INVOLVED in this seizure. Rather than use their vast resources, wealth, and power to make an effort to place every dog in a safe environment they dump about 20 of these dogs at ACC - a high kill, underfunded, DISEASE INFESTED, shelter where dogs had to be killed to make room for these dogs the ASPCA "saved".

I'm glad to know you took the time and care to orchestrate a rather elaborate press conference so you can soak up the attention as being saviors, but you didn't take the same care/time/attention to place these dogs in a better environment. There were approx 30 dogs on the euthanasia list last night at the ACC, a higher than normal amount to accommodate the dogs you dumped. This is just disgraceful.

Thank God you saved them!! Now if we could just keep them from going to the ACC!! I cross post for animals on death row 7 days a week and most of them are in NY.

John

The boys in blue actually doing something to show real justice! Thank you guys !
Let's do anything we can people to keep all of these dogs alive and
Blessed with good homes .. Fighting dogs or not we can all aid
To make them house pets again ... Poor pits don't even know their own power
Or size until trained to...

lisa voos

grey hounds are bred to race and are adopted all the time..these dogs have a chance also if the high end animal leagues, especially on the north shore of Long Island, would take in local abandanded animals before importing in out-of-state dogs for homes and pray on suburban people to adopt them? Re-home
at home first

lisa voos

grey hounds are bred to race and are adopted all the time..these dogs have a chance also if the high end animal leagues, especially on the north shore of Long Island, would take in local abandanded animals before importing in out-of-state dogs for homes and pray on suburban people to adopt them? Re-home
at home first

Kendra

Thank god for you ASPCA

lisa

its a wrong statement when you say 35 per cent, more than 35 per cent are put to sleep. sp why cheer for the ASPCA all they did was make the dogs lifes end sooner, known fact Animal Care and control hold the dogs for only a fews days, they get put down quicker there then any shelter. and that is a known fact, shame on you folks wanting this public, just to ruin your rep again. when everyone knows about the ASPCA and animal care and control, that place its the number 1 death sentance for dogs. they were better off where they were.

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