Bronx Dog Fighter Sentenced to Hard Time

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 4:30pm
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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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When I saw the headline I was expecting to see 10 or 15 years, especially with the weapon charge thrown in. For a person who lives in a criminal lifestyle and is used to these risks the small amount of time this guy got is nothing. He probably feels lucky because he got off so easily and will be out in no time. I keep hearing about the hard time in New York for guns but the judge let him run the weapons and all the abuuse charges together?? I can't help but think the judge did that because in the judge's mind it was "only dogs." He probably would have gotten more time if he had been caught with a deck of cards and a gun or a crack pipe than a whole bunch of abused animals. Only the good people who have not been in prison or who can't imagine going think this is hard time, for bad bad people like this it is just a game. We have to change that somehow, because the way our society respects itself starts with the way we respect and care for those who rely on us in nature.


"...will serve these sentences concurrently..." That is just wrong..... The judge did not think this was wrong at all.
So for dog fighting, animal cruelty AND criminal possession of a weapon , he got 1-3 years. He will be out in a year or less. I'm starting to see just how crime pays in America.


An earlier article mentioned he may get deported back to Cuba once he's served his sentence. Not great for Cuba, but at least there seems to be a little more riding on his parole/release. Sadly, the threat of deportation is probably all this guy cares about.....

This is a start, but no where near the punishment he should get.
This needs to stop. Like all violence. The punishment is not harsh enough to deter dirtbags from committing there crimes again.

Tami Brody

We have a rescue that was used as a bait dog. We spoil him, love him, hug him and kiss him daily. He's been with us for 11 years now and still has trouble with certain aspects of life. I believe that it should be an eye for an eye, whatever the crime is if people had to endure what they dish out I believe there would be a whole lot less of that crap going on.

Linda Szymoniak

Another slap on the wrist. Two one-year sentences, but served concurrently, he'll be in jail a maximum of one year, and more likely out in 8-9 months. Maybe less. Once he's out, he'll likely just start fighting dogs again. He should be in jail for at least five years for the dogfighting charge, and have multiple one-year sentences - one for each case of animal abuse they can prove and they should NOT be served concurrently!


Dip him in blood with his hands and feet tied. Then let the animals give him a taste of his own medicine. But animals make better humans than people do. They have such amazing forgiving hearts. I, on the other hand, am just a human. So I ask why are we wasting our time and recourses on such filth. He doesn't deserve to live. If you can't see that animals have a soul then maybe it's because you don't have one.

John Lambert

CONSECUTIVE, not concurrent sentencing is a much better deterrant

Sarah Auclair

Someone may have already said it, but I think he should have been charged with 50 counts of animal cruelty, and received at least 50 years - 1 year for every animal they took out of the living hell!

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