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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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kathy

Please, please, please keep up the good work and I hope this will help with the conviction rate for these apalling animal abusers.
I hope there is a designated hell for animal abusers !!!!

charles pfeffer

until these A-holes get major jail time and big time forfitures of personal belongings and huge fines,this unhuman act will continue

Michelle

ASPCA does God's work... Protecting those who can't protect themselves. They saved 50 dogs who now have a chance for a better life.

Bonnie Welch

THANK YOU!!!! SOOOOO MUCH FOR SAVING THESE DOGS!!!! PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. NOW ALL WE NEED IS CONVICTION. THESE JUDGES NOW A DAYS DONT DO JACK SQUAT TO THESE SCUM BAG CRIMINALS!! ITS TIME TO SEND A MESSAGE OUT TO AMERICA!!! NO MORE DOG FIGHTING!! PUT THEM IN PRISON FOR 10+ YEARS, NO GETTING OUT EARLY OR NO PLEA BARGAINS!! ITS TIME! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THIS MUST STOP AND IT MUST STOP NOW!!! JUDGES PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM AND KEEP DOING IT UNTIL THEY ARE ALL CAUGHT!!

Heather

How did we get from the highlight discussion of this amazing dog to rescue to god and the president?! Neither one has anything to do with this!! You wanna thank god, go to church, you wanna ridicule the president, take it up with someone who cares. THANK YOU ASPCA for the wonderful kindness and compassion you show to these dogs and all animals. THAT'S what this is all about.

Heather

How did we get from the highlight discussion of this amazing dog to rescue to god and the president?! Neither one has anything to do with this!! You wanna thank god, go to church, you wanna ridicule the president, take it up with someone who cares. THANK YOU ASPCA for the wonderful kindness and compassion you show to these dogs and all animals. THAT'S what this is all about.

james vincent

What is such a big deal about passing a law for this?Its a no brainer.Ihese are sick people.I'm sure their bloodlust dosn't stop with dogs.JAIL time should be MANDATORY.NO plee bargains.

marilyn nusbaum

Thank you ASPCA for your unending work in saving precious lives and exposing the contemptable miscreants who profit from the abomination called "dog fighting".

Sania

Dogfighting should stop, it is like making people fight, physically, that is illegal.
So shouldn't dogfighting be illegal? Animals can not be kept like this, espiecally dogs.
Dogs are soppoused to be a man's best friend, they want to actually just be a dog,
Dogs are friends. They are companions. We really need to stop this, can't we just make a list
Where people can sign to stop dogfighting, dogfighting, horse slaughter, factory farmed animals,
Seal hunting, illegal wildlife trade, puppy mills. If you really think about it it is all really done for money, right?
It is sort of like.... People, killing other people, for money, that is illegal right? Just because animals can' t talk and they have a different body shape, make a different sound, dosent mean they don't have feelings or feel pain. If people wanted to this could all be stopped. This is a huge issue. So people should think about it more. It really is important, and I think it should be illegal.

mathew putnam

that is so sad

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