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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lonna richard

I am sooo happy that they are finally doing something about the awful dog fighting. Its horrific for these poor dogs to have to go through this. Thank GOD, they are giving these awful people prison time. Now, if we could just have more people tell when and where these awful places are so that all dogs can be free from this horrific suffering.


I am very pleased to learn that one of these low lifes is being sent to prison, even though I don't think the sentence is long enough.
However, our Judiciary in the UK is probably even more lenient than yours in the US, as we appear to just give criminals a slap on the wrist, and tell them not to do it again!!!!


He should also not be allowed to get any kind of dog again, and he should be on lifetime parole. People who fight dogs should be put in a ring and see if 2 dogs like these can just kick the hell out of him, and let him be the witness to what they can do to another dog, because that is what he is just another ANIMAL. Like I say when it comes to any dog, its never the dog its always the asshole that has that dog who can make him vicious.


Should have been 1 year per dog


People are FOOLS if they think they will not be judged for their cruelty. There will be standing room only in hell, good riddens.

debbie bukovan

1-3 yrs is too small amt of time for this person. He'll get time knocked off his sentence for time-served while going through court case and in all liklihood will never serve the entire sentence.When are the penalties for animal abuse goiing to be higher?


Sentence is entirely too short & not fitting the crime. Should NEVER be allowed to have animals again!!

Tracy Anderson

The sentences should be longer- people need to take these crimes more seriously-


This was WAY too light. Give me a break. If these sentences are served concurrently, that's effectively 1 year. They should be served consecutively and they should be longer. Additionally, anyone that's been found guilty of animal cruelty should be prohibited from ever owning an animal.

Let's be real.


it great that he was caught and sentenced for the cruel things he did to those dogs but i think they need longer prison time. they have people thining that these are dangerous animals and they are not, so they need to be put away a lot longer then just 3 years .