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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john michel

Sanchez and people like him who do such heinous activities with animals of any kind should serve long sentences in prison. Will this send a message to other monsters?


If the justice system wants to make a positive difference for those who participate in dog fighting then they need to apply more than just a slap on the hand - how about 20 - 30 years prison time or LIFE!


I too agree that more time was deserved,BUT we must remember that the judge must work within the confines of the law and the applicable sentencing guidelines.I believe(someone correct me if any of you know otherwise) that in most states,if not every state,dogs are considered "property",and as such cannot be treated as other than that. That constrains punishment for certain animal crimes,unfortunately.People who foster and sponsor(read Michael Vick) did NOT make a "mistake",but a conscious decision to make money via animal suffering,and that my animal-loving friends is what I call a major character flaw,because greed trumps humanity. And that's what dogfighting is all about.... money. It is totally abhorrent and repugnant. There should be felony laws in EVERY state

Janet Cooper

One more example of why we need STRONG, TOUGH National Laws to deal with predatory behavior like dog fighting, puppy mills, sale of puppies, dogs, and cats across state lines, known animals abusers, and anyone with a history of abuse, torture, abandonment, and killing of domesticated or wild animals. We MUST hold people like Michael Vick (who seems to have been able to finesse his way out of his conviction for dog fighting and killing and abusing multiple animals)accountable. Being held accountable means that they cannot bargain their way out of punishments for crimes they committed. It looks to me like the sentence for the NYC dog fighting and dog abuser is not even a slap on the wrist. Boo Hoo, he can't have dogs when he is in prison or on parole. Well, he is obviously going to serve about 1 year (if that much) because his sentences are concurrent. What a jerk the judge is! This is no serious punishment. And don't even begin to tell me that he will be "rehabilitated". He is obviously a sociopath-by definition sociopaths are incapable of being rehabilitated.
This piece of human scum needs to have his crime branded onto his face so that anyone seeing him knows what he did. He should be publicly castrated to keep him from breeding more sociopaths. When will we stop turning a blind eye to the horrors inflicted by our 'fellow' men? Time to re-instate some of the punishments from the Middle Ages.


I hope he doesn't get out early, but it's not enough time for such a horrible crime! These people are LOSERS.


one to three is not enough time for these criminals! They should be made to pay all fees for rescue, vaccinations, medical, etc PLUS hard time. This is worse than some sentences given for minor misdemeanor crimes. The law needs to be stricter including never to own a dog or be within 500 feet of any place that houses a dog. Lets keep him away from schools and day cares too. What's next for these scums????


It wasn't but 100 years ago that we used to hang horse thieves. A good horse was worth more than its weight in gold. This was when people VALUED animals and took care of them. With our growth, we now appreciate a good cell signal more than the dog that barks and scares away intruders. We don't punish these abusers now because the majority of society no longer values animals. At best, a small percentage of value their companionship and usefulness for rescue and therapy work. There just isn't enough empathy to get that old justice back. Perhaps we need to start raising the awareness of how these animals benefit our lives......find a way to work them into everyday life of the everyday Joe again. Only then (I believe) will change come about to punish those who commit such atrocities.

Lenny Schmidt

Dogfighters need to be locked up for 10-15 years fully served and NO TIME OFF FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR!


He should have gotten 50 years!

It's been proven, anyone who can harm an animal will harm a human. Look what just happened to little Nathan because of the nut case in Alabama.

Put these animal abusers away forever so they can't harm any more animals or children!

Margot Shaw

The laws aren't strong enough. When you have sports celebrities like Vick doing vile things like this then.... We need to get the laws strengthend and the judges to be harder on sentences!