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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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Doina Dracopol

Hi. I thank to the ASPCA and other organization for they great work. I am a sponsor and I love animals. But I do not understand people who are doing so criminal things to these animal. They were raised like that, what they saw in childhood-perhaps from parents- they do now. I do not understand this words: If is found guilty, he will be convicted???? Police has so much prove and they still think if he is guilty???? If I that the power. I will treat him exactly how he treat the dogs. He deserve this. Thanks again to all people who are doing a great job.. Lola(my dog's name)

Andrew

Good job! Thanks for helping save them! :)

Esther

I hope people like him rot horribly

Mr pearson

Raul Sanchez of Bronx should be imprisoned for a his life time. He is evil and will have to pay for what he has done to these helpless animals.

Nayda Cruz Harris

Thank you for your continued work in this field. Michael Vick not withstanding, this illustrate how this horrendous practice continues everywhere, crossing all socio-economic stata. We forget, that "all creatures, great and small" are also God's creation. I wish the individual apprehended would get a harsher sentence, at least four years for each dog that was found in his clutches. Reprehensible, immoral, horrific behavior.

Nayda Cruz Harris

Thank you for your continued work in this field. Michael Vick not withstanding, this illustrate how this horrendous practice continues everywhere, crossing all socio-economic stata. We forget, that "all creatures, great and small" are also God's creation. I wish the individual apprehended would get a harsher sentence, at least four years for each dog that was found in his clutches. Reprehensible, immoral, horrific behavior.

Rose

I am so thankful for people like this being put in prison

Shasha

I am shocked to read that many dogs were placed at the high kill shelter.
I will not support nor donate to ASPCA anymore. I will set aside those funds for our own local animal shelter.
This was very upsetting to read.

Soni

I just read that that many of the dogs rescued were dumped in a high kill shelter.
That is not fair on the animal and certainly not saving the animal.
I am not happy with what I have read and will not support ASPCA anymore. I will use my monthly donation for our own local animal shelters instead.
Thank you for those who wrote this as this was not mentioned in the article.

Jersey

I can't say what the practices are of the ASPCA but I can say I have proof that at least some were adopted, becuase I am now the proud owner of one of these bullies! He and a few others were given to a local animal welfare league finally this month, per the rescue league they came directly from the ASPCA, not a third party rescuer. I had to sign papers that the NY ASPCA can check on his welfare at any time, and that I am not giving him back to his original owner.

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