Bronx Dog Fighter Sentenced to Hard Time

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 4:30pm
FIR team member with dog rescued from raid

The dogs rescued from a Bronx dog fighter’s basement last year are finally getting justice. Raul Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to dog fighting a few weeks ago, is now heading to prison.

Last week a judge sentenced Sanchez to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon. (Sanchez will serve these sentences concurrently.)

He’s also been slapped with a ban on keeping animals for the duration of his parole. Sanchez waived his right to appeal.

We hope Sanchez’s sentence serves as a reminder to dog fighters that their crimes against innocent animals carry serious consequences.

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Therese Camillone

It's a start but not nearly enough time; he'll be out in 18 months, probably less.

Amanda Porter

I am so glad that he is going to jail however I can't believe he isn't getting more time! I think he should get more like 20 years.

Rob Whitford

They Have no voice, We are their only hope, Justice has been served.


I don't understand how they're even allowed to have animals after this! They should be banned from owning or being within the same vicinity of any animals. It's like child molesters, rapist! Do they think they're going to stop their behavior just because they went to jail?

Harriet Kaufman

I know you don't care.

Harriet Kaufman

I don't know what to say to want you make you want to care about dogs and cats.


What I don't understand is why will he be allowed to have an animal after he is finished with parole? You don't commit such a sick act and then change just like that. It makes me nervous to know that a dog fighter is allowed to posses a creature of Gods to victimize once again.


Yeah 1 - 3 years is really going to scare people that watch dogs tear each other apart!! They deserve MUCH, MUCH more time than that if they want these low lifes to take this serious!! These poor Pits are at risk of being banned THE WHOLE BREED b/c of pepole like this & he only gets 1-3 years for taking how many dogs lives??? Does't seem fair to me at all!!!!!


He should be made to help train dogs in that prisoner/ dog program. If he messes up more jail time.. He will learn to appreciate animals after that.


Now the SOB will find out what he put those dogs through