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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I come in here to find facts and see people's comments. To see it turn into a theological debate really bothered me. Most of the comments had to do with that vs. the animals being rescued, etc. People are getting way too thin-skinned. I have my own beliefs and try to never bring them into a public forum unless forced to. Everyone has their own facets to life and "being" and we need to allow them that. It hurts no one in the case of "thanking God" or NOT thanking's an individuals preference and right. So just let it go - stop looking for a fight.

Ji min

Our tax dollars fund some shelters and animal ctl officers. Why can't lawmakers get rid of the cruel and inhumane treatment of puppymills and backyard breeders everywhere? Are we third world? We need to stop the insanity band focus our attention on rebuilding america but how can we when we have to police animal abuse? Get laws in place to get rid of these facilities at puppymills


Just because someone did something terrible and cruel like abuse an animal, it doesn't mean that they don't deserve a second chance to be forgiven. Hey, I hate it too when an animal is abused in any way, but God forgives everyone who asks for forgiveness. No one on this planet deserves to be shot for anything they have done, just put in their place and punished. God gave everyone free will, and should not be responsible for the mistakes that humans make. But hey, let's just forget about this whole thing and focus on the animals!:)


Do you know what totally makes me want to cry? Cruel cat breeders! Cats are my favorite animals and I totally hate it when I hear stories about cruel cat breeders. There was this one who kept the Siberian kittens enclosed in a corner with couch cushions, walking around in their own litter. So terrible! This is one of the main reasons why I am trying so hard to adopt a Siberian kitten from a breeder that Iv'e looked in to.


PEOPLE get off the "GOD" comment, and stick to the topic at hand! Let's focus on what we need to do to be proactive when it comes to neglect and abuse of animals. Thank-you!


i would like to know the outcome of this case,what happens to these fighters now, and will happen to the pups? i will donating
to help............


Will the be adopted?

Tammy Laub

Can you give us an update on the status of the dogs that were seized.

Stephanie Davis

Too many times have I heard of these kinds of things happening. First and foremost I'm hoping that they can rehabilitate and save these dogs so that they can go to good homes and finally feel LOVE. Second, I hope those responsible will pay for what they've done. Those 2 things are what's really important, questioning life is irrelevant.

Detroit Rapper Shows Off His Dog Fighting Operation
Detroit rapper Calicoe recently offered a video tour of his pad, and provided a look at his prized dog fighting operation in the process. PLEASE INVESTIGATE AND REMOVE THESE ANIMALS. The Pit Bulls are neglected and kept in horrible conditions. They are underweight and starved for affection. Roosters kept in dark cages as well. Abominable!!! PLEASE HELP!!!