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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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Phyllis L. Smith

One to 3 years is not enough punishment for this crime if a person gets early parole.

Bob

Without knowing the details of this specific case, but knowing that dog-fighting is a cruel business, I agree with those who feel that the penalty should be greater. Why isn't the prison time served consecutively instead of concurrently? Why isn't his prohibition against keeping animals for his lifetime? While public service and rehabilitation are important aspects to the reduction of animal cruelty, certainly more severe penalties are in order to set the "tone" of the seriousness of these crimes.

Kirsten Mentley

3 years is not nearly enough time for someone who inflicts that kind of pain and suffering on helpless animals. Ridiculous!

stef pulitzer

DESPICABLE PIECE OF CRAP. HEARTLESS, SOULLESS, LOW-LIFE COWARD. HOW CAN ANY SENTIENT BEING WITH A BRAIN ACTUALLY ENJOY SEEING TORTURED ANIMALS BRUTALLY FIGHT TO THE DEATH??? SICKENS ME TO THE CORE. I WON'T MINCE WORDS- IF THERE IS A HELL, I HOPE SANCHEZ & ANY OTHERS INVOLVED IN THIS MIND-BOGGLING CRUELTY ROT IN HELL. SLOWLY...

Tammy

This to me is still not enough time for the pain he caused those dogs. I am grateful the Judge had enough heart to follow through and put him in prison. It is time all states step up, put them behind bars. They are criminals if they are fighting dogs.

Tess

This person should never be allowed to own an animal. Even with his prison sentence, the damage has already been done to the dogs. How many of them will actually be able to be adopted?

Mina

This crime needs to carry some felony time, - 10 years, fines, possession of property since property was probably purchased with monies gained by crime. Proceeds go to the ASPCA! Probation? What about probation and community service! Time to clean up the streets, literally. Community Services means clean up debris from the streets and parks in all weather conditions. Feed the homeless, no working at animal shelters!

Wil

dog owners should go through the same process as one when adopting children. In addition what ever happen
To dog tags inspections and enforcement?

Ben Kirkwood

NOT ENOUGH TIME!!!!!! HE SHOULD ROT IN JAIL!!

THOMAS

I hope this D-bag get abused every single that he is in jail. It is a shame that people who abuse animals cannot get more time. The laws need to change. Anyhow, Adios Raul Sanchez! Don't drop the soap.

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