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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Michael Corder

I completely agree with "Blown Away"... The sentence is not nearly long enough and he should be forced to do Community Service at an animal shelter - UNDER SUPERVISION - for another number of years. He's a coward and the lowest scum of the earth.

don hughes

Jail time for these reprobates/infidels is not at all adequate. Our justice system, especially the judges on the bench, are not requiring longer mandatory sentences. Therefore the perpetrator does not take the matter seriously enough. Evil is growing exponentially in our world, unfortunate for animals because they are the first victims. Then the matter escalates to children and so on. Until we the people who have a conscience and actively lobby all legislatures, state and federal, to strengthen animal welfare laws nothing will improve. Evil seems to be one step ahead of the good in this world, this is the challenge we who have faith must endure and must defeat. Just think of all the abuse that goes on that is never reported.


He should get 1 to 3 year per dog...per count... then I would be impressed!! Get with it judge. That's a joke.

I should have said stupid, criminal system to allow people who
harm innocent animals to live. Euthanize these horrible criminals,
so we can clean this planet, one matter at a time. What a phoney
President Obama is to not stop all animal cruelty..punishment
being hard labour, or euthanization. By the way did you retrieve
all his money from his bank and forward it on to help animals
in shelters, Mr.President Obama, and the USHS.

Lynn Smith

The S.O.B should have got life. Hell put him in a cage with two lion's and let's see who wins that fight!!


Still not harsh enough......we want blood !!! But, still an improvement to some idiot judges that slap people on the wrist and give them 50 hours of community service.

Rosemary Lachance

All wonderful comments were made! The punishment should fit the crime!!! "The time will come when people will consider the murder of animals to be just as much of a crime as the murder of people". Leonardo da Vinci

The heavens see all things and not act goes unoticed!


I hope he rots in jail!


That asshole SANCHES should be put to death

Jayne Robinson

They need to put these people in jail and throw away the key for fighting these precious animals!! This is terrible!! GET a dadgum job if you want to make money instead of inflecting pain and suffering on animals!! God will remember what you have done here on earth and you will pay BIG TIME later!!! AWFUL TERRIBLE People!!!