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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Tonya Cather

Doesn't this tell us something? Look at all the comments on this subj.! I hope and pray that this perverted person and all the others out there like him get longer "jail times" and harder penalties as time goes by! We have to have faith in that. This is a good start! At least he is no longer out there torturing and killing these innocent dogs!


Glad he got time and I hope he ends up bending over for a lot of soap in prison. They might be criminals but a lot love animals. Hope is stay is really abusive for him.


Not nearly enough. There should be a mandatory minimum sentence and prohibition of EVER owning an animal again.


The punishment for this heinous crime against innocent animals will never balance the abuse.! The punishments need to be made stronger, even 3 yrs. of all charges is not enough for what these poor dogs must endure, all for the purpse of exploitation, ego, and of coursE MONEY !!! I hope there will be an end to such in my lifetime.


Those poor dogs had to depend on their abuser for food and water and were prisoned for no crime. How sad. The correct person will now be in prison, just not for long enough!!!
I hope there is a designated hell for child and animal abusers.


I am not big on prison, but sometimes a message has to go out.

Good for that judge!!! He did a good job giving him prison!

But what about rehabilitation a la Michael Vick? Is the man going to get that?



Franco Ferrua

Thank you all for supporting our animal friends.

And that's cominhg from a criminal defense attorney. But as sick as he is, don't worry, he"ll be forced into a gang in prison, at least beaten if not sodomized.

Mandatory minimums without early release are the answer. Please try to be a vegetarian or at least eat free range meat and donate to ASPCA and Peta.

Besr wishes to all uou kind people.0


I believe, dog fighters need to face more time for their crimes. All the animal abusers should face at least 5 years in a penitentiary in my opinion due to the severity of the crime. Hurting another life for their enjoyment is just not ok and morally wrong.

Bonnie Williams

I think his sentence should have included some kind of supervised work with dogs...not the easy stuff that "what's his name" football player received but something really demanding.