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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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!!


This is the first time I've read this blog, and I am so turned off by the pettiness in the comments. I am here because I love animals and I love the ASPCA for helping animals, but I would hate to be associated with half the people involved in this discussion. You people make me sick. It has nothing to do with god, and if you don't believe in any sort of deity, shut your bigoted mouth. Way to make this horrible story about yourself.


Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Run out of coffee, or are you just a jerk? How can you say for sure God didn't have something to do with the police finding out about this place and rescuing those dogs. Do you know that for a FACT? I don't think so, and the people that talk about God are not talking about themselves. You have a real problem. Suggest you take a few deep ones and get over it. Those people are basically just glad the dogs were rescued--period. And you call them bigoted? Do you know the meaning of that word? Don't think so. Go take something to calm yourself. You need professional help.


ABSOLUTELY, thank God it was exposed. He gave us humans, even inhumane ones, the ability to make choices. Some don't make the right ones. Simple as that. Let Go & Let God ... he will handle it in his time.


Hoping that these dogs can find loving homes. Sadly many people think these dogs who have faught are incapable of living a normal life. They can make wonderful pets, but can be aggressive towards other dogs. I know I had a dog that I took from a person I knew who would fight pits. Best dog I ever had.


Ojala puedan ayudar a los cachorros de 12 semanas y puedan educar ayuar a los que mas puedan con clases de obediencia...


Im the owner and operator of best paw forward. We are a dog training company in new York. But, I specialize in physiological rehabilitation for extreme aggresions, fears and phobias. If there is anything I can do to help with the placement or rehab of the dogs please let me know!. My direct line is 516-320-5330. I also recued fighting and bait Pitts for almost 7 years. We do the rehabilitation in my home.

Mark Antonette

I love dogs and hate anyone who would abuse them. Good job ASPCA and NYPD. It is no accidnet that God spelled backwards is Dog.

Karen Beitler

God Bless all of the people that were involved to stop these animals from any further cruelty to these innocent creatures. Pit Bulls are wonderful, loyal, and loving dogs. Seeing that beautiful puppy's face that the NYPD officer is holding brought me to tears-so adorable and sweet, I just do not understand how anyone could be as heartless and cruel. THEY are the animals, not the dogs. Thank you again for saving all that could be rescued!

jon doe

I have a nice little tip for you guys....STOP WITH THE HOUR LONG COMMERCIALS...want to make things better...Throw them all in the damn river!!!Give them to the Chinese and let them cook them up for dinner!!! Leave our air time on the TV to something worth watching..Not some fucking animal loving millon dollar commercial..