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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Carol Reinhard

All these sentences for abuse of animals are a joke!!! There is never a long enough sentence for any of these people. And, as soon as they get out, they will just start all over again because the sentences are so damn short. In addition, they should never be aloud to have animals again for the remainder of their lives. Not just until they are off probation. Something needs to be done here. If this were happening to people, sentences would be much longer. I realize a lot of people say "they are just animals" but you know what . . . . these are defenseless animals who don't have a clue what is going on. They are just trying to stay alive!!!! I vote that all these dog fighting people should be put in a ring and us people should be allowed to do to them what they are doing to these poor defenseless animals. That would truly be justice. Let them suffer in agony before they die and have us cheer them on. See how they like it!!!!


I'm glad he's at least getting "something", although it's not nearly enough time. But let this be a lesson to others out there who take part in dog fighting. He should be banned from owning animals for LIFE, because he's not sorry he did it, he's sorry he got caught.


When it comes to cruelty they should be rtreated just as they behaved. give him the chair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


These people are cruel and brutal by nature,they don't change; how about a stint in an experimental lab? At least the good citizens of the state wouldn't be paying for their up keep.

Gary L. Stokes

He's just getting a slap on the wrist....he should have 20 yrs. in prison and banned from having a pet for the rest of his life!!! There should be a published list, just like child molesters, that shows all the bastards that are convicted of such barbaric crimes!!

Terry Terreteta

What he did get is a roof over his head,3 meals a day and no bills to worry about!!All paid by tax payers!!This is not sending a message to these people who fight dogs.They need to get more time!!
My daughter's dog was stolen right out of her yard by dog fighters in South Carolina!!The authorites there are doing nothing about it!!My 6 year old grandson is heart broken!!
They call this justice for all the dog lives and the owners lives this guy screwed up fair!!


It's a start but I think he should have gotten more time. If it had be a person he would have and dog are as good as humans maybe even better because they love you unconditionaly.


Thank you Judge! Hopefully even stricter laws will be enacted that will keep this man from EVER owning a dog,or any animal, again and keep him on parole for years to come. Anyone whose conscience has abandoned them to this extent is probably not capable of true empathy. Whether it's a lack of prefrontal cortex development or damage or a tumor on the amygdala or what have you, let's keep these sociopaths from becoming repeat offenders and from EVER hurting another animal.


How sad that torture of a helpless animal is worth only 3 years! Until this is changed, and taken more seriously, the abuse will not stop. I do agree with the person who suggested that this a_ _ have to work in a program with animals.....and should never be allowed to own one again. He is not worthy.

Kim Schutz

Mississippi needs strict laws like this. We have tons of operations like this throught out State.