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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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from Sofie an e...

Thank you all involved in reporting it, investigating this, following in up, documeting, and finally rescuing these poor defenseless victims of horrible abuse and miseryl. I hope the punishment is severe and the judge uses this sorry POS as an example of what will happen if use dog fighting as your business...

PupperMom

OK, y'all. How about, "Thank doG"? Luv you, luv those pittie puppies. ASPCA is the best!

ASPCA

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.

BGIRL24

ASPCA ARE SCUMBAGS! THREW AWAY ALL THOSE DOGS & PUPPIES TO KILL SHELTERS LIKE YESTERDAYS TRASH.

THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. THEN TRY TO BENEFIT OFF THEM AFTER THEY ALREADY DUMPED THE DOGS INTO CERTAIN DEATH.

WHAT A WASTE OF LIFE! THEY WILL NEVER ESCAPE THEIR DESTINED KARMA.

Brenda

People who abuse dogs by dog fighting disgust me. For their punishment, they should be treated the same for as long as the oldest dog is.

Jodi

These operations take time and dedication. Thankyou so, so very much for your steadfast work. I hope you know those of us who love four leggeds, snd all creatures, appreciate what you do. I volunteer at our shelter and have fostered many rescues (kept several through many years. Thankyou,thankyou. People, can you not fight about what people believe or don'tbelieve for the sake of being civil and accepting? I thought this would be one board that wouldn't makeitanissue. concentrate on the innocent being cared for and rescued. Be thankful for it whatever you believe or don't believe. (sorry for the run on words as the spacing is messed up)

April Allison

I am ashamed of the human race that which allows or parttakes in dog fighting or any form of crulity towards animals. I am a lifetime lover of pitbulls, and they have been given a bad enough name by ignorant people, but somehow they are still the most lovable animals I have ever seen. I just want to say thank you to the people helping to protect and rescue these animals, hopefully one day we will live in a world where animals are respected and loved as they desrve to be.

moesgirl

Amen to that,.,,,,,,

moesgirl

Dog Bless you rescuers!

Jamilec Sanchez

This is so sad.I have two pit bulls (boys) and wow!! I cannot imagine this. They are such sweet dogs. I don't understand why people abuse them. They should get charged with a FELONY!! and serve time in prison!!

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