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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Pit Bulls are very good with children. It's not the breed it's the idiots torturing these poor dogs so they will fight. Punishment should be a year for each dog rescued!!! Each dog started out with unconditional love to give and Sanchez destroyed their world. Monsters like him should be tortured for what they do. Fines and sitting in a cell getting 3 meals a day is not punishment. Something needs to be done for all the poor abused animals. The only way to stop it is to make the punishment real harsh. Sanchez makes my blood boil!

Michael A Marino

We need to start with the law makers and the judges. Three years is a slap on the wrist. This problem will start to get better when these psychopaths start to get real punishment for the brutal crimes them commit. If they can do something like that to a helpless animal they do not belong in a normal society.


Great news but the laws need to change. 18 months for this type of violence will not stop them for doing it again. There is too much power and money that comes from it that 18 months will not deter.


Be nice if we could see how tough these guys are it if we put them in a fight with a few dog lovers yielding baseball bats.


The time should be served CONSECUTIVELY. As it is, he will be out way too early. And the ban on keeping animals should be for life, not just the length of his parole. I see this, considering the number of animals involved, more as a slap on the wrist than a deterrent to future law-breakers.

Elisa Orozco-O'Neil

Not NEARLY enough time!!!!! A mere slap on the wrist!!!


The punishment is not nearly enough. Why was he not given a life ban on owning pets. The 1 year sentence is laughable that will never deter criminals. They can carry on their networking while in jail and a year goes by pretty quickly. Its time the justice system got serious about animal cruelty and the perps with their guns and violence.


There should be a website with the names and addresses of people who have been convicted of animal cruelty so neighbors can be on the lookout for these low lifes.


Not enough time. Punishments need to be way worse then they are. He should never be allowed to ever have another animal.


This just goes on and on, The police just arrested two jerks and rescued 80 dogs in Elizabeth City, NC