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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Pama Walker

Don't put him in prison put him under it!!!! Maybe some good citizen and dog lover will make him wish he had been in a dog fight. Don't let him out alive!!!!!!!!!!!!


Either deport him or kill him, or kill him and then deport his body.
There is no room for people like this in society.

M Gaffney

Send him back to Cuba with never a chance at returning, people like him need longer jail time and never ever able to own a pet. not the kind of person who would be a good roll model for children either. Makes me sick to my stomach at the thought!!!!!


VERY thankful for those that LOVE animals and work hard to save them and also get JUSTICE for them. PLEASE PLEASE to the court system, make this evil person pay for what he did to these innocent animals..


Deport Him!!!

Anthony Ventra

Deport this heap of shit,,after her serves a minimum 3 year shot in rykers island...


Jail him and ban him from either owning or minding any animal for life.He should be made an example of. Also, if he is deported,make an agreement with the other government in banning him from owning or minding an animal for the length of his life. Otherwise he will just start up another dog fighting ring in that country.

Isabel martin

This is a crime. He should be in prison for the rest of his life.


I think he should get 1-3 per dog, not just 1-3 total. If these were people he kept locked up and forced to fight/beat/kill each other he would be getting the death penalty.

Sharry porter

Why are we allowing people who do not even belong here to live here and be suck sick pieces of crap!! They are killing and abusing our animals who DO belong here and who are defenseless to take care of themselves!! They just want to be loved and fed and instead they have to fight for their lives!!! This guy needs to pay!!!