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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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Jennifer

Is there a fund set up to help with the care of these pitbulls? or somewhere we can donate to a legal fund to prosecute this dog abuser?
I rescued a pitbull that was abused by her prior owner. She is the best dog I have ever had and anyone who meets her just loves her.

loves dogs

Do your homework, folks. These dogs are being placed in a facility that kills healthy, adoptable dogs, puppies, cats and kittens on a daily basis. On top of that, the "care" they receive is pitiful and many of the animals end up sick, untreated and put on the kill list of illness that could have been prevented.
The ASPCA is only "no kill" because they dump the animals to be killed on other facilities.
God help these poor dogs and puppies.

Ann McCarthy

Is it true that the dogs were sent to a kill shelter? I know you saved them from barbaric fighting and being torn to shreds for the enjoyment of some sick bastards, I am sorry for swearing but these people just make my blood boil. You are doing great work. but I would love to hear that it was possible to then give those poor babies a chance at a loving forever home instead of dumping them at a high kill shelter.

Alex de Campi

The majority of the dogs were immediately shipped to Manhattan Animal Care & Control, yearly budget $12m (vs the ASPCA's $120m), yearly kill rate 50%. Now independent rescues (yearly budgets circa $50,000 or less) are scrambling to find homes for these dogs before they are killed without sedative. Thanks, ASPCA! Way to shuffle off the hard work of actually saving the dogs to organisations that have 0.01% of your budget!

Alex de Campi

The majority of the dogs were immediately shipped to Manhattan Animal Care & Control, yearly budget $12m (vs the ASPCA's $120m), yearly kill rate 50%. Now independent rescues (yearly budgets circa $50,000 or less) are scrambling to find homes for these dogs before they are killed without sedative. Thanks, ASPCA! Way to shuffle off the hard work of actually saving the dogs to organisations that have 0.01% of your budget!

Jennifer

Rescue is taking them in and rehabilitating them, not moving them to a kill shelter. The only thing the ASPCA is doing is providing legal support and I doubt that is monetary. Research the finances of the ASPCA and you will be in for a shock! Quit donating to these groups (also PETA) until you research their finances and their death rates for animals. Donate to your local rescues who actually rescue animals from the kill shelters!

cynthia

More power to NYPD & to ASPCA......God bless u people!

cynthia

More power to NYPD & to ASPCA......God bless u people!

Craig Feger

While the rescue is admirable, lets see what the punishment will be for the offenders. I hope the ASPCA stays with the story and prints that information. After watching Animal Cops for years, I will be surprised if the offender does more than a month behind bars. More than likely a small fine and told that he cannot own a dog for the next three years. These cases are not taken seriously by the courts.

Alex de Campi

The ASPCA has sent most of these dogs to NYC Animal Control, where they will be killed without sedative in the next 3 days. They have NOT been saved. They WILL die.

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