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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Mary Wells

I agree with the various comments on here.
1. He didn't get enough time.
2. Why are the sentences conqurent? Don't combine the crimes and make it a package deal. He should serve seperate time for every crime he committed. He would be in prison longer.

3.These evil people should get treated like they treated these poor animals, or worse. You don't see animals doing such things to humans.
4. The convict should not be allowed to own any more animals, for the rest of his life.

I hate to hear stuff like this. It infuriates me. When an individual is sentenced like this, it should be widley publized so that the message gets out there. Hurt an animal go to jail.

Also, just as sex offenders are listed, why aren't animal abusers listed as well? Whatever can be done as a deterint to help these animals would be so great.

You can just imagine how many animals are being abused right this moment. Many loosing their lives, and no one will ever know. I think if the lawmakers are tired and serious about stopping the violence against animals, they should listen to the suggestions all the animal lovers provide.

Doing nothing isn't stopping the violence. Extreme or not, punish these people. Don't wait for laws to be passed to fit the crime.

Why give these crimnals a chance or break to keep then from going to jail. They are definitely not givng the animals any consideration to their well being. No breaks, just lock up!

Just one law should apply, hurt an animal, go to jail!


He should be banned for life, would anyone let a child preditor have conact with kids? Why would we let an animal abuser have animals again? I am pretty sure we have laws that give lifetime bans on owning pets. No?


I think the judge should have sentenced him to one year - for EACH dog he abused. I think 50 years in prison should be about right. He'll be too old to do any damage by then.


Why are there still people who like to see animals torn apart? Where did they grow up?

Linda L

I totally agree - MORE jail time for the pain, suffering & death of these poor helpless animals. How about a least 1 year per dog? that's 30 yrs for the dogs that they found there, not to even mention the poor dogs that suffered a horrible death being put in a fighting ring that were not saved.............

kristy kyle

concurently is bullshit. meaning all sentences are served and if he stays a yr it will be a miracle. maybe someone will kill the bastard so the animals get real justice. our justice sucks it is a mockery.

Bonnie Bradshaw

He did not get nearly enough time...he should be shipped to an island with no food..water or anything else ..far as I am concerned...


So he got time in jail - it is NOT enough. By the time he gets out, it will probably be only 10 mos. We need to enforce LONGER jail times for animals. This is sick disgusting behavior. One year for animal cruelty = 6 mos. One to Three years for dog fighting = 12 do we enforce more strict laws regarding animals and stop them from being "property" verses LIVING AMAZING CREATURES????????

kristy kyle

no animal while on parole. wtf this judge is a idiot. and this is one more reason why america is falling apart


First, this guy needs a little beating. On a serious note, his punishment is was too lenient. He will probably do 9 months at the outside. I think a term of five years should be imposed and the person does all 5 years and not at some country club facility. Jail him right along with other hardcore inmates. If he does get whipped, I guess he will have a sense of what dogfighting entails.