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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I think he should get 3 years or whatever for each dog that was taken from him and more if dead bodies were found.


If that sick F$#k get's off with innocent dogs fighting, why does'nt he step it up and fight himself, don't tell me that getting his throat ripped out wouldn't be a rush for him!!

Debbie Mitsakos

A lifetime ban from owning any animals would be TOO MUCH to ask? I really don't understand that one

Seonna Lennon

Nice to see that all Governments are starting to take this seriously and hit the perpetrators hard. Dog fighting is the most horrible thing in the world. These guys usually use pit bulls, which gives the breed a bad name, they are the sweetest most loving dogs you could find. Keep up the good work of getting these guys behind bars!!!!

Perry Boero

I don't believe his punishment was enough. Dog fighters should be given life in prison, period. If were up to me they'd be given the death penalty, but I understand those who do not support the death penality, so I'll argue for life in prison. Yes, dog fighting is that serious. To say a 2 to five sentence in prison is justice for such a crime is a gross understatement. Dogs are like us, they get one chance at life. Just one. The dogs are tortured brutally by these scum bags. It's only fair that the punishment should fit the crime. 5 years is not enough.


I know many would like to see this man serve the entire three years, as would I. However, lets not forget that it wasn't too long ago that the punishment was merely having animals taken away, not being allowed to have anymore and a hefty fine. Thank the powers that be that disturbed individuals like this man actually DO get jail time now.


Thank you for the update. I'm glad he got at least a few years. He won't do it again imo. : ).


Good start, but I think he deserves more punishment. I hope that these terms includes turning in the other known dog fighters!


It's about time the courts are taking animal cruelty seriously. People who have no respect for an animals life have none for a human life. Thanks to whoever that judge was.


I agree with everyone who had there mind set straight. I don't think this man should even have ANY animals after jail and probation. You go to jail... Nothing will change! It should have been a little log like 10-20 years give or take. Just because animals may be a little lower then humans DOESN'T mean they shouldn't get the right amount of justice! But I am glad he got caught. If you see animal abuse or human abuse take stand and stop it. You will change lives