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Breaking News: Bronx Resident Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Dog Fighting Operation

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 6:00pm
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Bronx resident Raul Sanchez has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a major dog fighting operation.

Sanchez, who harbored 50 dogs in a Bronx apartment building basement, was arrested in June and indicted in July on multiple charges related to animal fighting, aggravated cruelty to animals, and possession of a weapon. He faces one to three years in prison. If granted parole, Sanchez would be prohibited from owning animals during the length of his parole. He could also face deportation to his native Cuba after his sentence is served.

In 2012, ASPCA responders assisted the NYPD in the investigation and rescue of the dogs, who were suffering in cramped cages in a dark and dingy basement. The room included a makeshift fighting arena with capacity for dozens of spectators. The dogs were transferred to a temporary shelter, where they received care from ASPCA’s veterinary staff and were evaluated by the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team.

We’re working nonstop to combat the cruel practice of animal fighting nationwide, and we’re making progress. Earlier this week, legislators reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing a minor to an animal fight.

Please join us in our efforts by asking your own House representative to support this important humane legislation.

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Cindy

Put him in prison, in a cell with the meanest, nastiest inmates possibly!

Sp

Please support this bill. These people must be punished!

Tina Trude

Make dogfighting a felony with mandatory jail time .. And life long ban of EVER having an animal again mandatory counciing investigate their families .... Aw hell I know we don't have $$ For what I'm suggesting but ...something's gotta give they are SICK PEOPLE that can do somthing like this ...OR WATCH IT .. There is somthing wrong in their brain they are SICK!!!!

Tina Trude

Make dogfighting a felony with mandatory jail time .. And life long ban of EVER having an animal again mandatory counciing investigate their families .... Aw hell I know we don't have $$ For what I'm suggesting but ...something's gotta give they are SICK PEOPLE that can do somthing like this ...OR WATCH IT .. There is somthing wrong in their brain they are SICK!!!!

NIna

These people must be punished!

michelle adkins

Put him in a cage and let him be attacked by someone, if he likes fighting so much. Makes me sick how these dogs are treated.

Erin

Send him to prison and lock him up like he did those dogs!!!!!

Wissam el masri

What kind of humans are there these days. Honestly im lucky i didnt find this person myself!

Aylene Lazar

just three years? He majorly abused and broke the law. 15 plus would be more like it.

Brandy Rogers

Tit for tat, quid pro quo, seriously. Dark Cell, damp, cold, alone, bad quality kibble, toilet water only. No parole, and NEVER own a pet, EVER. ....and this is me being "nice".....every once in a while someone should come by and bite him, our hit him with a bat. Just for fun.

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