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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Lucretia Rossi

One to three years, served concurrently???? While I agree that it's great that he was convicted, this sentence was not nearly enough. He'll be out in about six months. Something has to change with these sentences.

Judi O

I agree with everyone of you. The sentences are much too lenient. I think the courts lost their credibility when they didn't hang or electrocute Michael Vick!


Took them long enough! Thats one down so much more to go!

Mary Lindsley

Maybe people who fight animals could be sentenced to large fines which would be given to animal shelters in the area where they live. They could also have to do community service at animal shelters where they are very supervised and get mental health counciling.


This isnot enough to deter these idiots from doing it again. These so called fines they give them are loose change to them,stricter fines and jail time is needed. also,volunteering at shelters is a great idea!

rita falk

Jail sentnces the this type of ilk should be much longer. Thd duration of not owning dogs should be never, not just during parole. Parole period is usually short. Perhaps a taste of what these dogs were subjected to should be included.


I wish other major cities, like Chicago, were as aggressive at pursuing, capturing, and prosecuting
people who engage in dog fighting and animal cruelty/abuse. Unfortunately, the political environment cannot even address the needs of 300 million Americans, so we need to continue to call, email, tweet, or whatever to "encourage" elected officials to act on behalf of all animals who have no
"voice". Keep up the effort ASPCA!

Lucille Bostwick

This is great news for now but not enough jail time. I can't imagine what it would feel like to watch one of these dog fights. You have to be a really cold person to be able to watch one of these fights. The people who run these dog fights are nothing than pieces of crap. So I don't have much to say on their behalf. One day maybe abuse animals will fight back. A eye for a eye!

Deborah Castro

There is a tremendously huge dog fighting problem down on the border of Mexico and Texas. In these small rural towns it's easy to escape into the desert or into unregulated territories of the Mexican border. We do not have enough manpower and bordercontrol to catch the illegals and the drug trade much less dog fighting. In these small towns the city government attitudes are to turn and look the other way because they don't have the time, money or manpower to pursue dog fighting because it's not cost effective for one thing and the other thing it's considered part of their culture. Pit bulls are bred almost exclusively in this part of the US solely for the business of dog fighting. I have called the ASPCA and the FBI about the issue of dog fighting and mysteriously disappearing pit bulls from the local pounds but since we don't have solid evidence we can't proceed much further than taling on the phone. I wished authorities would take this situation more serious and come down to south Texas and see how many city officials, politicians and police are actually involved or promoting dog fighting by betting or looking the other way.

Judy Brown

First of all, I wouldn't call his sentence "hard time". People like this hate to be fined. He should have a monetary punishment as well and serve more time! I can just imagine the conditions these poor dogs were living in. I don't know how the ASPCA found out about this creep but I'm sure glad they did. How he got away with hiding 50 dogs in the basement of his building is beyond me. People that do this need to be educated in how to treat animals humanely or they will never stop abusing them. A dog is your very best and most loyal friend. Too bad dog fighters are so ignorant they don't see this. You would think from television they would see some of the touching stories of prisoners and other people that have worked with and learned to love dogs.