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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Donna Trumbower

I must say that I think when a person is convicted of something like this they should be banned from owning an animal for life.

In Australia all animals have to be registered, yearly. You registration fee is less if your animal is neutered and you have to have a permit if you plan to keep more than 2 dogs in your household...

Something to consider... we could then track animal homes, link to criminial charges and have one central repository that could be checked before any person took home a pet. Your ID has to be shown, your details are looked up and the animal registered against your name.

The US lacks particular ones that are enforced. They seem to focus on murders and guns and thats where minds are focused. There needs to be more, a proactive approach to preventing it from happening in the first place, a deterent.

Without a doubt there needs to be something because there appears to be a considerable amount of people in this country that dont have the skillset to work out right from wrong themselves.


I hope he had to give up other dog fighters to get such a low sentence!! He will be out in no time and start all over again these type of people do not change!!


The jail time is okay but they need to be hit hard in the pocketbook. I believe heavy fines would hurt more than a few months in jail

This is just a slap on the wrist... It will up his street cred... and get him more dog fighting business once he gets out of jail. This is messed up.

Veronica Goddard

this is great news; now for the rest of the lowlife perpetrators of cruelty.


I think he should be forced to fight his fellow prisoners to the death using only razor blades.


Why should he be left sit in jail and then our tax dollars pay for him to be there! He should be put in the ring with professional boxers and used as their practice dummy day after day and not get paid for it!! I'm sure they wouldn't mind!

Anita Hartmann

Not long enough. We need much stiffer penalties to serve as a deterant!

Janie Gutierrez

I think they should give him more time. As far as having or being able to have another pet/animal. He should not be able to have any pets for the duration of his entire life.


He should get an 18 months prong collar hanging sentence