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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Not too long ago, I read on Cesar Milan's website his insights about the US issue with far too many dogs and not enough good homes, after going on his international tour. He made a comment about how Germany does not have the same problems we have. After researching why, he found it was because they have extremely strick laws on the Breeders, and thus do not have to focus on owners actions after the fact. Control of how we bring animals into this world. This made complete sense to me and would love to see a movement in this country to put the focus on controling animal breeders of all kinds. Laws in this area could also prevent, allow punishment and shut down of those breeding for dog fighting. I think we need to change our focus in this country to prevention rather than trying to bandage an out of control situation, with so few resources. Thank you for hearing my view.

lucille caldera

yes! the I think it was an act of God!!! that those pups were saved by the Aspca team...Im praying that they all get adopted to good loving homes....Amen


I think the Humane Law Enforcement of the ASPCA is one terrific, outstanding group. Thank God for them. Keep on saving those innocent lives. May God Bless all your endeavors.

Regina Tague

Thank you to the ASPCA for all you do. i am retired and give all that i can to help. You are wonderful people to give of your time for all the unfortunate animals that are mistreated and are in catrastropies. I commend you!


Thank you to the ASPCA for all work they do on behalf of animals. When you call for humans to be forced to fight each other or be exiled to an island or shot, then you are displaying the same character as the people who force dogs to fight. The dogs can be rehabilitated & so can the humans. Vick did his time & regrets his past actions. People & animals who are victimized, in turn victimize others. It is society's job to rehabilitate & break the cycle of abuse. Please show the compassion you wish for the animals to your fellow humans. It is the humane thing to do. Love heals. - searay


Thank you for busting this dog fighting and saving the dogs. But will ASPCA work to place these fought dogs or buy into the belief you can't rehabilitate these types of dogs? I hope they do place them because there are too many people that believe they can't be integrated into a normal life.

Marci Kilgore

Best news I've heard today! Those savages that find entertainment in watching animals in battle and bloodied are sick, sick, sick!

Dave and sRita Cross

The penalties better be severe or this barbarism will continue!

I am appalled by what I have just read. These Devilish Beasts don't deserve anything better than to be placed in the same ring where the dogs were watched fighting, and to fight themseleves against each other for their lives like gladiators during ancient Roman Empire times. I guarrantee that in a matter of weeks, not months, the Dog Fighting would be history


If that were true, then people would have stopped murdering one another when execution was the only punishment for it. Murder never stopped murder so why would forced fighting of humans stop forced fighting of dogs?