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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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Pit Bull Lover

Someone once told me that "God created the world; what we do with it is up to us"

Liam

Thanks you so much for saving those puppies.

Mike

"Raul Sanchez, the building’s superintendant, was taken into custody and charged with animal fighting, a felony." What a scumbag. They should have tied him to a chair in that basement and let the dogs rip him apart while we bet on how long it takes him to die.

Nic

The ASPCA "rescued" these dogs by dumping them at NYC Animal Care & Control, which is a slaughterhouse. The animals there are abused and neglected before being killed. In the meantime, the public thinks the ASPCA has "rescued" these dogs and donate money, which the ASPCA adds to the $120 million it is already hoarding in its bank account. These are some of the ID of the pups dumped at ACC by ASPCA. If no one adopts them, they will be killed. JO 93626, JACK 936271, BETTY 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

Nic

The ASPCA "rescued" these dogs by dumping them at NYC Animal Care & Control, which is a slaughterhouse. The animals there are abused and neglected before being killed. In the meantime, the public thinks the ASPCA has these dogs and people donate money, which the ASPCA adds to the $120 million it is already hoarding in its bank account. These are some of the ID of the pups dumped at ACC by ASPCA. If no one adopts them, they will be killed. JO 93626, JACK 936271, BETTY 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

Saige Elderbull

Why is the ASPCA using this to solicit donations?? The dogs have been dumped in the 3 NYC ACCs - all 3 are Kill Shelters which destroy 10-20 per day, 7 days a week, 364 days a year.

Stacey

same reason they make those really sad commercials using famous faces. to make money and look good.

Stacey

HEY ASPCA - WHERE ARE ALL THESE DOGS NOW?!?

Kyle

Great, now this scumbag owner will receive a $50 fine. That will teach him!

Why don't we do the cheaper, and better alternative, and bring him out back and let some of these dogs maul him to death. The dogs might get satisfaction out of it. Until there are rules in place to prevent these things, which it doesn't look like there will be in the near future, these awful things will continue to happen.

Kyle

I'm just reading all of these comments now about the dogs that were dropped off at a high kill shelter. I really hope that isn't the case. I thought of the ASPCA as a voice for animals. Can someone tell me how they know these dogs were dropped off to be killed? I used to donate through SECA to the ASPCA everytime I got paid, but I switched my donation to Dogs on Death Row. If all of these rumors about ASPCA rescuing dogs just to drop them off at high kill shelters is true, the ASPCA will never get another dime from me.

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