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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he deserves that and more...human garbage!!!


It is great that he got time in jail, but for them taking 50 helpless, innocent dogs from him...just NOT ENOUGH TIME! These type of scum must receive more punishment for what they have done and put these animals through! These dogs are scarred for life and he got nothing compared to what they suffered and will continue to suffer in fear. Please lets be the voice for those who can't. These dogs did not ask for this life!!!


This sentence was not hard time, he will be out doing it again in about 18 months, what should have been given was a year for every animal cruelty, which was 50 animals, equals 50 years, no time out for good behavior in jail.


This piece of crap, so-called human being should fry & should get way more time than 1 year in jail...

Elaine Cummings

The sentence is pitiful! Are you kidding me? People who run brutal schemes like this are not easily deterred. You have only to recall Michael Vick and Co. to understand how sorry he is (not)! In an apartment basement? Where are the Bronx authorities, the residents, c'mon! Who knew and did not say? The sentence is too short, and he should NEVER be permitted to have a dog or any defenseless pet again.

Beth Mirsky

Not enough time for his crimes..


This punk deserved much more than that for putting innocent and defenseless animals through the brutality and cruelty he did. What a heartless person.

cj kronen

Not nearly enough... and serving concurrently. It should be consecutive !!!!!

Audrey Barberi

Not enough!!! Why is it, with all of the mail I get from the "Humane Society Legislative Fund" that we cannot get better laws to protect these innocent canines?? Wayne Purcel gets a lot of money but I do not see any solid, protective and preventive laws for the canines and felines they are supposed to be protecting.


not enought time for this creep to serve but its a small start....,we need to do more to protect innocent animals...I am sick of these bad people