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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Thank you for everything you guys do.


Please do not kill them! as for the organizer of these horrible dog fight seriously lock him up.


You know what else is "a brutal form of animal abuse "? Dumping these dogs at MACC where they are likely to get sick and where other dogs will be killed for space because of all these extra dogs. WIth your millions in funds, you can't put aside a better spot for confiscated animals to wait for evaluation? Not that you won't probably kill them anyway, but why take MACC dogs out, too?


That's right! they will be KILLED in this facility! Happy...they were saved...? Read--"...they will be held temporarily..."
Yes, until they get the needle.


These dogs that were "rescued" are already starting to be dumped at a high kill shelter, where they will kill a bunch of other dogs to make space. When the legal hold is up, those not pulled by rescues will be sick from the horrible conditions at the ACC. This will serve as justification for killing them too. Stop acting like heroes, when you are just dumping them and compounding the issues at the ACC.

Misty Harms

They should throw everyone in jail. The super, the owner of the building, the tenants of the building, the cowards that went to see the beautiful pups fight for their own life, and the neighbors of the building for being suck morons and not saying anything as 100 ppl came in and out of a basement! Rot in hell all of you!


Thank you ASPCA for all that you do! Please tell me these DOGS are NOT IN KILL SHELTERS!!! The MONSTERS that abuse and fight these amazing creatures need to pay for what they've done. Thank you NYPD for helping these babies :)God Bless you All


‎"Dear ASPCA,
At least 15 of these dogs are currently at the Manhattan KILL shelter, NOT in the custody of ASPCA. I guess that's what they mean by "temporary shelter?" Manhattan Animal Care & Control is just a few blocks from the ASPCA but it is a world apart. The cages are tiny and filthy, with upper respiratory infections running rampant. It is so bad there, that dogs often die in their cages due to pneumonia (caused by kennel cough/URI caught at the very same facility). It is not only misleading but also unethical for ASPCA to be proclaiming that they "saved" these dogs, when all they did was pick them up and drop them off at a KILL shelter that routinely euthanizes about 35% of all dogs who come in. While these dogs are stuck there on legal hold, other dogs will die in their place. This is disgusting. Please stop lying about your "rescue efforts" here in NYC and stop misleading people about where their money goes."


How is dumping many of these dogs at high-kill NYC ACC considered "rescuing" them? From one hell hole to another? I hear many dogs had to be moved from MACC to already-full BACC to make room for these poor souls. Last night, there were 29 dogs on the euth list. How many of them did you save? Zero? Now you added 15+ more? I guess we should be expecting long euth lists again.
When are you going to stop lying?!

Alex de Campi

For shame, ASPCA. You took these dogs and dumped some of them -- including 4 week old puppies -- at the kill shelter 10 blocks down the road from your shiny office building. You haven't saved them, you've CONDEMNED them to sickness and then, within three days, being killed without sedative at the ACC. Go back to doing what you do best, selling pet insurance, because you sure as hell aren't SAVING these dogs. You're just transporting them from one bad situation to another.

Anyone who doesn't believe me, go to and inquire about these dogs, all on the First Alerts yesterday: JO 93626, JACK 936271, GETTY 936272, BLUE 936276, RONNIE 936276, LEO 936282, BETTY 936283, LISA 936284, JOHN 936286, GABY 936287, SWEETIE 936288, ELSA 936289, KATTY 936290, DORA 936291, TARA 936293