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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Brenda Young

Stop dog fighting....cruelty...baiting


I would love for these people to get some of their same medicine... what if I locked this fellow 5 minutes with my 80 kg doggy in a room so he can tell him what he thinks about animal cruelty!

Way to go ASPCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now let's put this so called person behind bars for a least ten years and be required to pay a hefty fine to help other stupid idots that abuse GOD'S CREATURES. Thank you for all you do for the love of the animals.


i feel that we should put them in a small cell with as many people as possible and do to them what they do to the animals


Put his ass in a dark basement ..


I think that there should be much strict laws for people who do things like this to animals. I dont understand he needs to be sent back to cuba and when people abuse animals they should NEVER BE ALLOWED TO OWN ANOTHER ANIMAL AGAIN.


The system is really screwed when "MULTIPLE charges related to animal fighting, aggravated cruelty to animals, and possession of a weapon" only get you one-to-three years in jail. I would be favor of deporting this guy, but I doubt Cuban animal abuse laws are any better than ours.

Constantine Mav...

Deport his ass, this is a no brainer.


Yes I agree put him in prison and then ship him back to Cuba, he is a menace to society. You have to wonder how they treat their children. I think they she be tied up and let the dogs chew them up for a while and see how it feels!!

Barbara Smolinski

I think to help rid society of these debased so called human's, he should receive a shot of a disease which will kill him and then deport him to what ever slime he crawled out of with no hope of ever returning.