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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Debby Marschman

I like the idea of years served per animal harmed!!! If it were up to me, I'd throw away the key because you can't make people have remorse or care for animals.


Thank you ASPCA for your hard work and dedication to protect our furry friends. I will continue donating money for such efforts.

Laurie Armer

What hard time? This is too lenient! His parole should make him work to shovel and clean out animal cages, under close supervision of course! But we can hope that he is forced to share a cell and space with a dog lover named Bubba that will show him love lol! And he is not allowed to have any animals while on parole? But after his parole he can go back to it? These people need to be put down.


He should never be able to own ANY pet/animal for the rest of his life, not JUST during his probabtion. What's up with that?


Prison time for this guy is a great start - when they are successful at charging and imprisoning everyone who participates - dog owners, observers, etc. - the end of this horrible activity will be in sight.

colleen aversa

He should have gotten a year for every dog he afflicted tremendous pain to. This would send a clear message that we will not allow cruelty to animals!

Robert Ogden

When we pass laws in all states to punish everyone involved in dog fighting at any level, then people won't think it's so cool when they and their friends go to jail for a long time and they lose their kids that they had with them at the fight. This is a sick thing that has been mostly ignored for too long.

tony rossetti

they should leave this garbage with me for a while. Then we would see how much fight these scumbags really have. The reason these scumbags enjoy watching dogs fight is because they could never fight themseves,now, or when they were growing up. Nothing but balless pieces of sh.......


Any person involved in dog fighting should spend no less than 10 years in prison. How many animals died because of these people. How about the people that watch these dogs fight If it were not for them and their thirst for blood these fights would not happen.


Yes, it is a start, but not nearly enough to really discourage this monstrous act. People need to make their voices heard and need to make sure that the people participating in this suffer greatly! Frankly, I wish any that are involved in this vile thing could be dealt with in as harsh a manner as possible....including spectators.