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

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.


The dogs were dumped at a highkill ny shelter! They were not "saved by the ASPCA". !!!! Manhattan kills daily! Before you praise ASPCA - think about it. How many of the dogs in the Manhattan AC/C were already overflow? How many had to be killed to make room for these dogs, who will most likely also be killed? AC/C of NY has one of the WORST reps shelter wise in the country!! ASPCA removed the dogs from one type of hell into another...


Shame on you for using the lives of these poor dogs to grab a headline and toot your horn to grab at the heart-strings and purse-strings of the general public. But, how much money are you taking of out the ASPCA budget to make sure these dogs and puppies are well cared for until they can be rescued by no-kill shelters or adopted into a loving home? Yes, that would mean less that goes into administration but aren't the hearts, souls and lives of these dogs worth it?

I would love for just one journalist to follow-thru to see the reality of what is going to happen to these dogs now that you have "rescued" them.

Tammy fox

The sad part is that most of the well pit bulls will end up being euthanized due to overcrowded shelters. We need to help find these babies loving homes & this P.O.S. should be thrown in a ring w/ dog fighting pits

Deborah Robertson

After what PETA and ASPCA did to Craig Grant and Caboodle Ranch, I don't believe the ASPCA's mission is for anything except making money, making headlines and putting animals down.

Shenayah Hersch...

It's extremely disappointing to see the ASPCA make such an unethical statement. At least 15 of the dogs they "rescued" were dumped at the Manhattan ACC, which is a kill shelter, and notorious for their disorganization, brutality and incompetence. Shame on you, ASPCA!

Dana Barton

It gives me hope when I see these stories. To know that people and agencies are really working together to rid the barbaric abuse and torture of dogfighting. Thank you God. Prayers are being answered!

Alex de Campi

I commented yesterday listing the ID numbers of at least 15 dogs and puppies the ASPCA shipped straight to Manhattan Animal Care & Control from the raid... and the ASPCA has deleted it. So they lie, cover up, and kill. If you want to save these dogs, donate to a local rescue, NOT the ASPCA... they just ship the dogs off to be euthanised because they can't be asked to actually rehome animals.

Alex de Campi

These are the ones on First Alerts from two days ago. Most will be on the "to be destroyed" list tomorrow: 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

There are more. Google "New York Animal Care & Control" (I can't put links in comments) and look these dogs up in their Mahattan branch (106th b/w 1st & 2nd). THESE are the dogs the ASPCA "saved", at the KILL SHELTER right now!

Ellzabeth Champ

So the ASPCA has "saved them" from a terrible life, only to lead them to almost certain death at the Manhattan Animal Care and Control. I'm sorry but with all the resources of the ASPCA there was no better solution? Is that really a "rescue"?