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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A Thurston

To the ASPCA administrators that are deleting our comments:

We have the right to give our opinions and state FACTS on this case, and have them seen by other readers, even if by doing so exposes your corrupt system. If you don't want TRUE FEEDBACK from your readers, then don't publish the articles! Your dishonesty and greed will eventually be known by all, despite your pathetic actions of deleting comments that shed light onthe true details of your rescue(NOT!) missions.

jan ayres

"The dogs are NOT safe and will be killed. The ASPCA sent them to a high kill shelter.
At least 15 are already on First Alerts at Manhattan Animal Care and Control and will likely be killed within the next 48 hours without sedative... including young puppies The ASPCA takes $$ millions of your money anddoes not rehome animals, just sends them to the germ ridden kill shelter, where they'll die frompnuemonia or the needle. They put out news releases that the dogs are saved and people think the dogs are ok. Check out Urgent Part 2 fb page for these dogs from the raid. 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. Adopt of foster if you can help these unfortunata dogs who, without you, are doomed

do you know the fate of the 50 pits? what about these particular ones you listed? were they saved by local rescues?


This will continue until you realize that the only way to save the pits is to support BSL. You've made your own bed and the beds of innocent pits by taking a stand against the only way to stop pits from falling into the hands of such people. You are the ones to blame for this.

Thanks everyone for all of your comments! Many of the dogs, which range in age from 12 weeks to five years, exhibit injuries indicative of fighting and may have other conditions. This is an ongoing criminal investigation and the ASPCA is managing the dogs’ care in a temporary shelter. These dogs have NOT been transferred to Animal Care & Control of NYC.

Thanks everyone for all of your comments! Many of the dogs, which range in age from 12 weeks to five years, exhibit injuries indicative of fighting and may have other conditions. This is an ongoing criminal investigation and the ASPCA is managing the dogs’ care in a temporary shelter. These dogs have NOT been transferred to Animal Care & Control of NYC.

Regina Nash

Is it true that the dogs that were rescued from the fighting ring have been dropped off at the Manhattan NYC ACC, which is a KILL SHELTER? I heard some rumors regarding this, saw some posts on Facebook regarding this, and saw in an article posted by ABC news ( that after the welfare of the dogs) that after checking on the animals' welfare the dogs were dropped off at a local shelter by the ASPCA. I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE ASPCA, AN ANIMAL WELFARE AND ADVOCACY GROUP, KNOW THE HORRORS OF THE NYC ACC AND WOULD NOT DO SOMETHING AS LOW AS THIS. I would appreciate a DETAILED answer, including the name of the shelter and a contact name and number, where the dogs that were "rescued" are. I hope that these dogs will not have to be rescues all over again.


The ASPCA always drops cats and dogs off at ACC to be killed. They say they are not but they are lying. Right now a bunch of dogs from that bust are at ACC and will be killed. For the truth on ASPCA see ASPCA is a killing machine. They protect killers everywhere. They pass legislation that means MORE animals will be killed and block legislation that would save animals. Killers

alice hecht-soliman

Fabulous, you guys are fabulous. Thanks for taking care of such criminals as these. And thank you for taking the dogs out of danger.

Robin Healy

Hi Everyone-
I know this story about the Bronx bust is a little old but I just kept looking at that big puppy face that the cop was holding...with his silly eye patch and his huge big floppy ears...and what I want to do with that puppy is rub his tummy&play with his ears and take pictures&give him great big kisses and in general all of these things are done by me talking baby talk to the puppy in this very high pitched voice. My son does it the same way, minus the hi pitched voice. To me these seem like the actions of "animal lovers". I am trying to grow & changethru my experiences with all the new things I am learning by reading the ASPCA. Hating these people (like the screenwriter that punched his toy poodle in the face & killed little Lola)is so satisfying...and I am being very honest about my feelingsbecause I know that many other people feel the same as me. But in terms of criminal activity & cruelty, just outright depraved, filthy, degenerate cruelty & torture of animals:when do these people start changing from having a "normal" response to dogs & cats....or do they ever feel affection for animals?
Is there a single precipitating event that changes their behavior or is it developmental across the span of years up until age 18 ?
Mind you, I am NOT trying to find excuses for anyone who is an abuser and I don't think that the perp in these situations should be allowed a lesser sentence in these situations when they turn up with stories of being abused by their parents.And
I also believe that a lot of these crimes do not involve a single individual, but are another sordid chapter in organized crime's book.
Gotta go. Just found out the address of street where I saw kitty in window of closed diner restaurant on 10th Ave. Will blog back or somehow let all the people that care about animals like us, kno what happened. Thanks for listening or rather, reading this!
Robin Burke Healy