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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diane brant

not enough..where's the fines and community service requirement. cleaning shelters, mucking horse manure and more dirty work. sentence does not send a 'fear of God' messgae to others..we lack that in every aspect of our justice system...


Sanchez is just banned from having animals for the duration of his parole. Should be a lifetime ban!


Why do they always make the sentences concurrent, allowing these scumbags to be out in a year or less? The sentences for multiple offenses should be CONSECUTIVE with NO consideration for parole until within a year of the final sentence. And they darned sure shouldn't be allowed to go to a minimum security installation - hard time would make a great impression on these animals.


I agree not enough jail time, as who is to check that he does not do it again. They kind of people get away easy and the dogs are the ones to end up dead from fighting and mal nourished - even the judge can't do much since the law only allow little time, no fines, no probation, no mandatory community service - these poor animals ARE the VICTUMS - SO SAD THAT THE LAW WONT PROTECT THEM



Scott Adams

It is a start but still a long way to go


3 years?? Is that some kinda joke??? 1000´s of dogs have suffered for nearly a lifetime! This man deserves at least 10 years of prison and a penalty fine upto 20.000$ .. THIS maybe would be the best way to STOP dog fighting FOREVER!

Chris Jametski

I agree the prison term is way to short, however it's a step up. I pray more judges look at this case and prosecute anyone who does harm to animals to a long term, someone needs to set an example for others to follow. Abuse/fight an animal go to prison for a very long time!

Christine Dwora...

Serving sentences concurrently rather than consecutively makes this a veritable slap on the wrist.

Katie LaRoche

I am thoroughly excited that this guy was caught and sent to prison! A celebration is in order! However, I completely agree that this guy will probably get off more easily than 3 years. Three years in itself is not enough time, and still, he will likely get less than that. Animal abuse is FAR TOO tolerated in this world.