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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let's just hope he dies in jail, get's beaten to death in a prison yard fight so he knows how those animals felt.

and animals are not at all lower than humans. they are our equals or higher. but humans say they are so that is how they are treated. and it's people who think and say they are that are part of the problem. if we treat them like equals and value them as we value human life, only then will things start to really change.


1 to 3 yrs is not even close to being justice. Those poor babies suffered more pain than this stupid jackass could ever feel. He should've fried for this.

Lisa Hall

Nice, it's about time; should get justice more!!


I do think that they should have to register and not be allowed to ever have animals again


I feel the sentence is too light and do not understand why he should ever be allowed to have animals again.


Not nearly enough time in prison, I hope he rots. Post his stupid face so he can be shamed even more. F*** you.

Christine Heidt

Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. ~Mark Twain



Beatrice Eldrup...

Animals are a blessing from God especially our companion animals. God also commands us to take of them. It is no coincidence that they effect our health and blood pressure in a good way, visit the elderly in nursing homes, horses that carry the handicapped, seeing eye dogs and dogs that assist the handicapped.. I could go on and on. Do people do even half of what some of these animals do? Our justice system is screwed up but there is someone much larger and more important watching and judging. I would not want to have to answer to him on that day regarding his creatures if I were this person.

Joyce Scarborough

1-3 yrs - that's all?? No fine either?? and a ban on having animals while on parole?? Unbelievable. This guy should have been given 1 to 3 yrs for EACH dog that they found in the basement plus a fine of at least $1000.00 per dog, too. And he's not to have any animals while on parole? How about NO Animals FOR LIFE!! This is NOT going to discourage any other dog fighters I'm afraid. More SEVERE laws & sentences need to be made & enforced! The innocent dogs voices need to be heard!