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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Monica B-R

Not nearly time enough. And he gets to have animals after parole?! What?!


1. Why is he serving a concurrent sentence instead of all of them back to back?
2. Why will he be allowed to have animals when his probation is up? What possible use could he have for a pet, especially a dog?
3. How will he learn his lesson if our tax dollars are just paying for him to eat, crap, and sleep in a concrete room?
4. Was anyone able to get information out of him about people who attended his dogfights and other people who fight dogs?
5. If not, why not? If yes, what will be done with that information? Will more people be brought to justice?
6. What is REALLY going to happen to the dogs? What about the puppies in particular, since they are too young to be as traumatized (and therefore are easier to place)?
7. What does this man look like, so people (especially shelters) can pick him out and make better-informed decisions about whether or not to let him adopt/foster/interact with a dog?


Not only should the punishment fit the crime, but they should do a few years of community service at a local animal shelter. Also they should be publicly exposed for the POS they are. And of course never ever to own any animal.


Yes, it's a start, but we need to never give up on this cruel so-called sport!! It makes me sick to my stomch that these thugs have no more respect for these beautiful animals!! They are precious creatures place on this earth to care for, love & enjoy as part of our family. Humans can choose whether to fight or not - these poor things have no choices...therefore we have to be their voice and their protectors. Bless their precious souls.


The sentence imposed to the Bronx man for his role in dog fighting is not nearly enough! We need stricter laws and punishments in order to really deter other people from committing these types of crimes. Animal cruelty is a serious problem and needs to be stopped.


NOT ENOUGH PUNISHMENT at all, we need to make bigger changes to get this horror to stop, after all Vick only got a slap on the wrist for the brutal murder of innocent dogs!

Lesley Harrison

He should be shot, hung and set on fire for what he had done to those beautiful creatures.

Donna Hanneken

Not nearly enough time, was too passive, should have been 5-10 years. Animals still don't get their fair deal.


Sentence was far to lenient. I hope he is going to the worst prison they can find to put him.

Gina Bessetti-Reyes

But what happens to the dogs? Are they all going to be put down because they have been trained to fight?