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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We should force the individuals who get convicted of this type of crime to fight each other on a dailt basis for the sport so they can experience what they put these poor dogs through.

Kathy Gordon

Sentenced to hard time???Misleading and not hard time.He'll do less than 18 months,if that.Read what it states his sentences are to run the same time.So he will get out fast enough to go right back into business,forget the ban on owning animals,he knows not much will be done to stop him. A slap on the wrist for this despicable felon.Someone smoking a joint will get more time than him.

Bridget McCombe

Not long enough & this monster should never be allowed to have animals again, never. Best also to keep him away from children.

Gina Bessetti-Reyes

But what happens to the dogs? Are they going to be put down?

Nureen Murphy

Recent research (last 3 years or so) has shown that people who abuse animals are showing the bases for being perpetrators of abuse against children, domestic violence, torture and murder.
Sentencing for animal abuse perpetrators should take into consideration the proven potential of the person(people) for committing crimes against human beings and should be sentenced accordingly. I am aware that you cannot sentence someone for a crime that has not yet been committed, but it seems to me that
an obvious probability(based on recent research) should be at least considered in the sentencing.


Wish he'd gotten a LOT longer sentence! The cruelty these people force on these animals is just the beginning of a sick mind and heart. He will hurt people too, probably already has, because that's who he is.


The sentence should have been per count for each dog. Since his sentence was one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and there were 50 dogs, he should have received a year per dog for animal fighting and one yr per dog for cruelty. Let the punishment fit the crime. What a creep!


He should of had more years in prison, however this is making progress where before this was overlooked. In my opinion this should carry the same sentence as kidnapping and torture as if this was done on a human, because the only thing that separates us from them is communication, they bark we talk ( well, they also know no hate and love people uncoditionally) so we could learn alot from them

Ann M

People who fight dogs are cowards. They have to feel big, bad, and powerful. Too bad they are small, wimpy, and weak. Back responsible breeders and lets ban stupid people!


Whoever the judge on this case was, he/she ought to be retired... This guy could have been given a maximum sentence, WITHOUT the benefits of concurrent sentences. In other words, he could have been put away for 3-6 years, instead of what will likely amount to just one. And the idea that he's banned from having dogs for the duration of his parole -- is pathetically inadequate. Animal abuse should be tantament to child abuse. Clear and simple. Nothing is going to significantly change until we demand that animals are treated the same way we treat children... Right now, they have the same legal rights that a piece of furniture does.