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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It's a beginning but we still need much stricter laws (and enforce them) for these scum of the earth.


Good job ASPCA!
He deserves a harder sentance, but if a good start, it sends a message.


I am glad to see that this low life is not getting away with yes. Hopefully, it will send a message to others who paricipate in this barbaric crime, but what about the dogs. Will they be saved and reabilitated? That too an important piece of this.


Lifetime ban on owning any animals. He shouldn't be allowed to have a pet rock.


Is everyone deaf? Six stories of residents and this goes on! I don't get it.


Really only 2 years for the abuse of 50 dogs!!!!!

Brooklyn Grant

I still wish these so called people got stiffer sentences and they should NEVER be allowed to own animals for the duration of their lives. I hope one of the first things he faces is a fight that his life depends on. Love my Pittie girl and cant even think about some scum like him fighting her.


They rescued 50 dogs from him. Why isn't that 50 counts of animal cruetly?


Think ill get myself locked up at the same time as this guy, I'll dress in a dog uniform and fuck him every day till he kills himself, I ain't gay but will do this for the justice of the dogs he's harmed.

Deborah Stephenson

Like pretty much everyone else here who loves dogs, I feel this "sentence" is a joke. After serving his few months (because you KNOW he won't do the entire time inside prison, and will be on the streets on parole in no time flat) this guy won't think twice about doing this again. I can't believe he was ot given a lifetime ban against having any animals in his "care"! That is the unkindest cut of all. The only hope that he will get anything close to what he deserves is if the animal lovers inside the prison (and there are probably more of them in there than you might think) give him a taste of his own medicine. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some genuine justice.