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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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John

You sent a petition to the HNIC? I mean the President? He could care less about whats going on. That dimwit is to busy trying to fool his people into voting him in again. If there is a God, I hope he wakes the people of america up to this phony. How has his "CHANGE" worked out for you that voted for him????

Peg

Thank you very much for setting the issue of "free will" for everyone to understand and that God has no control over how we use our free will ( that is why it is "free will") Yes we decide how to chose how to use or will, eventhough it goes against what we have been taught, And yes God is present and he will deal with these people in his own way and possible treat the abusers in the same way they abused God's creatures. Another thing I wanted to add is that if it was not for the love of animals and continued legal work to increase the the finds and jail terms for abusers too many people would get away with hurting and killing Gods creatures. Abuse to animals is no less sever than the sever injuries and abuse that is committed against children and adults in the community. When Animal Planet first previewed on TV the perps would get EITHER a fine OR jail time and the crime was a mindeminor. Now some offenses are FELONIES AND IT IS JAIL AND MONEY FINE. I thank God (or any other Diety) for the great work the ASPCA does to bring to justice the abusers of anmals.

maribel

god is everywhere we human are the one the keep pushing him away

rbh

Perfectly said..

Carlon

Good point ..people thank quote "God" when men & women do all the dirty work here on this Earth trying to do "GOOD"..and keep Evil at bay....Quote "God" just sits back and lets the chips fall where they may...

Sissy

God doesn't meddle with what the Devil chooses to do. That's what we are here for. Stop blaming God for not being there. That's what he created us to be judge and jury for. Wake up!
God put us here to be His angels of grace. That's why the other post says "Thank God for the ASPCA and their work." Duh.

Annette

Yes we Thank God for the good people that rescued this innoccent babies, they dd not ask for this and yes God was there just like he is always looking over us, everyone blames God when bad things happen he doesn't cause these things to happen and he is with all of us all of the time, how many people thank God when good things happen not many.

Heather

This is a site dedicated to the protection of animals, not a place to slander another's religious beliefs. Do that elsewhere no one who comes to this site is looking for a debate about religion. Regardless if the comment was thank God, Buddah, or the universe. Get over your pretensions.

Lisa

I would have to agree. I lost faith in a god a long time ago. I have faith in dogs..and some people.

Annette

You can find God's goodness in the people of the ASPCA who rescued these dogs. Thank God for them.

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