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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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Annette Ruhmann

HOORAY....Who ever ratted them out deserves a reward.....Then maybe more people will speak up.

Sabrina

Hi, I live in the Bronx and I heard about this story after speaking with sister about a heart wrenching experience I had this morning. I was walking home from work and saw this man walking the cutest little pit bull, the little pup looked happy as can be taking a stroll, (he was the same colors as the ones from these pics) so I stopped and said, "what a cute dog!" in which the man rudely replied, "I don't want anyone approaching him" and aggressively pulled the dog and walked away.

I was so upset and knew something was terribly wrong. I should have called the cops but was in shock so I called me sister who told me about this story.

What can I do for this dog if I see this man again?!!!

Sabrina

Hi, I live in the Bronx and I heard about this story after speaking with sister about a heart wrenching experience I had this morning. I was walking home from work and saw this man walking the cutest little pit bull, the little pup looked happy as can be taking a stroll, (he was the same colors as the ones from these pics) so I stopped and said, "what a cute dog!" in which the man rudely replied, "I don't want anyone approaching him" and aggressively pulled the dog and walked away.

I was so upset and knew something was terribly wrong. I should have called the cops but was in shock so I called me sister who told me about this story.

What can I do for this dog if I see this man again?!!!

Dorothy

most of my family loves dogs to the point that we will do what it takes to keep them safe and if that means telling some on that the have to watch there dog when he or she vists becuse or dog dose not like thier dog of vis a versa

John

A big thank you to the boys in blue for doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work fellas!!!!

Maria

This is amaxeing how much the ASPCA helps put these abandoned or miss treated animals i admire all of the Workers.

Alexis

This dogs are ruined for life. They can never be trusted around other pets, children, strangers. They can't go to "dog town", they will kill the other dogs. I wouldn't have an ex-fighting dog in my house. Or take it to the dog park or dog beach. There is nothing to do with them. They are the casualties the war we fight against sociopaths. It's heartbreaking, but true. These dogs are now evidence in a felony investigation. They can't be saved. But no more puppies will be bred. And a dog fighting ring was shut down.

The ASPCA does good work. I don't agree with everything they do, just as I don't Peta and Greenpeace, but at least they facilitate change. Millions of animals and ppl die un-natural deaths everyday. No welfare oranization can be 100% perfect 100% of the time.

LucyRicardo

I counted 76 felony charges/counts. So why would this guy get only four years as a maximum sentence? This is not nearly enough.

Beth McBride

I hope these people who allowed and promoted such activities get exactly what they deserve....they need to lock them in a windowless basement with other monsters whio make them fight to the death! Thank goodness for organizations like ASPCA who follow through and find such monsters!!!!

Cindy

The punishment should fit the crime!!!

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