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 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.

In my point of view, successful dog training is not only about getting your dog to understand you—it’s about how much you understanding your dog. Dog training will improve the relationship and interaction between you and the dog, once your dog was well trained, you will have fun with the dog.

felicia hernandez

i cant help but ask one question.. what the hell?!! poor babies! i cant believe people get a kick out of animals being used for their own fun.. and then they say some dogs are too agressive, well look at what these babies have been put through its their way of responding because some people do not know how to treat a animal! i hate it! there is a black gorgeous pitbull down my street that is loving and playful,, but is covered in scars from fighting.. it sadens me that a animal that just wants love and be accepted can be treated soo horribly! poor babies i hope they find good loving homes for them!

felicia hernandez

i dont think putting them in a killer shelter will help them anymore then them fighting. have you ever thought of how they think? maybe they think we dont love them.. maybe they think "im just going to be killed for something that was not my fault and just finding a way to stay alive" poor animals it breaks my heart that those babies could have been killed without a second glance...


Why isn't there more said and published on these perpetrators? These pieces of S _ _ _ don't deserve any protection or privacy. Their faces should be put out there for everyone to see. These are crimes against the most vulnerable of our society - animals - and their torturers shouldn't be protected.

J. Everman

And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the foul of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth". Animals are one of God's greatest gifts to us and it is my hope that one day we all understand this responsibility.

Nancy MacGarva ...

Those eyes speak of the tender innocence that survive the complexities and cruelty of man. Animals are true champions who are faced with horrific challenges yet their unconditional love never leaves their heart and in the end they always forgive. THANK YOU ASPCA!!!!


What does it say about us as a nation if we continue to allow the deplorable act of dog fighting to continue? Contact your representations. Those that find entertainment in this savagery need to be prosecuted to the full extent of th law. This makes me sick. Thank God for rescue organizations


So happy the dogs were rescued!
Keep up the good work! There are plenty more waiting to be rescued!

Marissa Cesareo

I can't believe what some people will do to get money.If the people who participate their PIT BULLS and their other dogs in dog fighting could be in their dogs shoes for one day.Then see how they feel right after a dog fight.They probably will keep making their dogs suffer in SO SO MUCH pain from dog fighting because the dog owners don't have a heart for dogs and other animals.