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 don't know what the precedents are for sentences. Is this better or worse?
Don't alot of people get into this for money? What about financial penalty? He probably made money doing it. Can money made from illegal activity be recouped to care for the rescued dogs or support dog rehab?


SCUM like this should NEVER EVER be allowed to own ANY animal for the REST OF THEIR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!! They should not even be allowed to live in the same property where an animal lives.

Darlene Pavek

We need to get a partition going and have everyone sign it for longer jail time for these idiots. They should have the same punishment as others that kill. To me, my dog is my child, and if someone hurt my child, I'm affraid I would have to hurt them.

nick graziano

Now this pile of human waist will get to spend some quality time with his father and brothers...prison has a way of bringing degenerate families closer together.

Flo Thompson

I agree with most of the comments, especially the ones that the guilty person should NEVER be allowed to have another animal. I adopted a former bait dog and she is the love of my life, but after nine years of TLC still has a few issues with fear. She loves every human being on this earth, fortuanately, me the most!


I am so thrilled to see that people who are cruel to animals are beginning to do more time for these horrific crimes!!!! I am also happy to see that they can never own animals again. They certainly doesn't deserve the honor of housing a furr face!!!! I can't imagine my life without my 4 legged family members...♥



Lynne Jones

This, as always, is still too light a sentence. What is this world coming to when we see so many abusing these beautiful animals that are our companions - dogs, cats, and horses. There are too many people abusing animals for their own gain and it's too bad we can't take them and drop them off in the middle of Dealth Valley and see how they would fare. A drop from a hugh helicopter would be perfect. Our animals would be much safer and probably society as a whole. Thank you ASPCA for saving these dogs. If the picture you show is one of the dogs, he is beautiful. May he find a new loving home that will shower him with kisses and more kisses. There are so many of these animals that I would love to save but like others, I wasn't given the means to do it. God Bless all who work to save and give these animals the love, compassion, and good homes they so deserve.

Andrew Tarr

That's basically a sentence of 1 to 3 WEEKS per victim. Anything less than 15 years with no chance of early release for this evil monster is a sickening miscarriage of justice.

When are we as a society going to get serious about putting a stop to the horror we allow defenseless creatures to endure at the hands of scumbags like Raul Sanchez? I totally agree with the commenter who suggested Sanchez's photo be posted so that he can be dealt with correctly by a vigilante with a crowbar.


Why is it so damned hard to have laws that can actually STOP THIS ENTIRELY??? Strong penalties for animal cruelty would end it would it not????? Why not start there?? It's simply a "no-brainer"!