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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Kristine Pistininzi

Need tougher penalties. Put this guy in prison for life.


They should get the name of all the people that attended this hedious cruel despicable acts and prosecute the. With high penalties, jail time in a tiny cell and maker them as unfit abusive animals subject never allow to own a pet for life!,,,

Ginger Bowman

If he is here illegally, why not just send him back to Cuba? Why are we going to spend our tax money feeding, clothing, housing and guarding him for the next one to three years and then let him out to do it again? Prisons do not change people. He will be just as cruel and heartless when he gets out as he is now, and he will still be here on our soil breaking the law and causing pain and suffering to innocent animals. Send him home to be a criminal in Cuba. I hear their prisons are not nearly as comfy as ours are.

breanna fonseca

Man...we can't do nothing about these stupid people in this world...but the animals we can save.........lets step up forreal!!

Amy Lu

HIP HIP HOOOORAY!!! Thank you, ASPCA, for your tireless efforts on behalf of animals.

Cindy Jansen

How many of these dogs were euthanized??? I would hope none. Please let us know.


This sadden me about this breed.I own a Pit Bull and he is the most loving Pit Bull not what most people think or feel about this breed. People make them out to be monsters. Its not their fault.The monster is the human their owner who gets a thrill to see their dog fighting. Who get a thrill to see blood. these people need to be put behind bars. Their low lives no education no compassion no brain.What is going to happen to these dogs the 50 of them. I understand some of them can't be adopted because they must be aggessive. Their monster owner made them that way. At least the young dogs should have a chance to be adopted please.


YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!!!!!! I agree if he's Cuban he should go back to Cuba let Fidel take care of him .Let him go back there and starve.


YEP,,, shoot him!!!!!! I will be happy to and also people who abus children, and any other person who abuses animals.

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