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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"There's a special place in Hell for those who abuse Animals and Children. Timothy 4:4 "May the Lord repay him according to his works."


I think this is a good start, however, I agree that the punishment should fit the crime. I know it is mean, but maybe he can be put in a room and be used as training for Police dogs (padding optional). That would teach him a lesson....


Should put him in the same basement let all the dogs get him... an eye for an eye. That's what I believe.
But if we have to do it legally, the judge sentence him too much more time and 1 dog bite on his body per dog he made fight. I also think he should be fine 250,000 dollars.

Noreen Farrell

Finally!! Bless all who helped bring justice to this low life...I wish there was real rehab for these people but, unfortunately, most don't really think they're doing anything wrong...No sensitivity for others, human or animal.


These animal predator's must be stopped. More jail time! Heavy monetary fines! Publish their names and faces on an internet web site. Do not allow them to adopt or buy an animal again.
Expose them for what they are!

penny perillo

I glad finally some justices for these animals but it is still not
enough. This dispicable excuses for a human beam should also have to do community service when he gets out, and pay a fine. I also hope he get in jail what he reaily deserves.


Absolutely.... I am fed up with slaps on the wrists for these cruel idiots who get caught doing their
Cruelty. Frankly, yes, they should be given the same treatment that they gave their dogs. Every bit of it.
Animal cruelty punishment in this country is pathetically puny and weak . The only thing that might stop
This behavior is fear of harsh punishment.p

connie krout

I wonder which NFL team will give him a million dollar contract after he serves his 3 years!

Roz Gregor

Why so little time?

All he will do in prison is set up new contacts and start over when he gets out with new clients. What is to prevent this from happening?

This is good -- but it is a slap on the wrist.

alma beckwith

leave him in shark-infested waters he got off too light