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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All we ever have to say is Michael Vick... Michael Vick...Michael Vick...that is all we ever need to know about the laws protecting our innocents. That piece of crap is making millions, is idolized by children whose parents are too stupid to tell them the truth and its as if it never happened.... there is never enough that can be done to this bottom dwellers and just an FYI these people can not rehabilitated - they are born without a moral compass and should probably be put out of OUR misery.... but yes at least he got something


Maybe 1 yr prison per dog would be a better sentence as this is a joke what he got!

mary vavrik

Though it's a punishment, it is a light one, indeed. When Michael Vick serves a short sentence, THEN gets to return as an NFL quarterback, that shows how very very far we need to go in this regard. The guy should get the same punishment he inflicted on this poor animals. He should be tortured beyond tolerable. But, again, it's a start. WE have a long, long way to go for justice to be served in these regards.


Really, a ban on keeping dogs while on parole? Is that really the best we can do? How about a LIFETIME BAN, as already suggested?! How about 10 years in prison, how about we throw him into a ring with a guy with a baseball bet and let him have at it? I'm grateful for the punishment he got but it's not even close to being what he should get.

Louise Glogau

He'd probably get more time for stealing a TV. I'm all for the let him live as his animals lived. Plus look at Michael Vick-just signed a $10 million ONE YEAR contract. there is no sports in professional sports.

Eve Demian

What bulls**t. The A.S.P.C.A. never tires of patting itself on the back, when in fact they have been INSTRUMENTAL in keeping the C.A.C.C. from becoming a no-kill shelter, by consistantly voting down those referrendums that would change that. Now they're crowing about a stinking ONE YEAR *CONCURRENT* sentencing of some scumbag who will probably be *paroled* before his year is up, and will be, essentially, a good time with his friends, many of whom I'm sure he'll meet in jail. If anything, this shameful, piddling, *CONCURRENT* "sentence" is an encouragement to dog-fighters to keep up the "good work". That so-called "year" is a reasonable risk compared to the money dog-fighters make. If that's the best that the system can manage for a dog-fighter, the message is loud and clear: "COME ON!".


It's good to see that there are some judges who aren't paid off. I say , kudos to the judge who sentenced him. It's a start - let us not forget this.

Why on earth are you keeping this scum bag, useless individual
alive. We have enough humans suffocating and doing damage on this
planet. He is not forgiven, so euthanize this scum bag.What a
stupid system.


The judge should hve made his sentence "to be served consecutively" on each charge. Did he give up the names of his co horts in the operation? What about the contacts lists of spectators, who in some states are sought to be charged? I agree that his tax records should be gone over by the IRS, if they have not been interested already. Maybe it's not too late. He may have information on other illegal dog-fighting operators. Lastly, he should be banned from owning any dogs for at least five years and that after taking a course and being approved. With public pressure the Governor who can make a difference in this area may be moved to take stronger action against animal cruelty and those who seek to profit by it. Puppy mills, dog-fighting operators and animal abusers all need to have penalties strengthened.
It is up to us... .


He needs to serve these sentences consecutively, not concurrently, and he needs to serve every last minute of every sentence.