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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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S

People that abuse animals are five times more likely to abuse other people.

virgo

I believe that every ounce of pain suffered by any animal at the hands of these waste of skin 'humans', should be able to be returned to them by the dogs. All of those participating in this cruelty should be locked in a room and the dogs set free against their captors and allowed to seek their own revenge!!

Jan N.

He should be banned permanently re: animals and pets---since he does so gross cruelty, I would NEVER believe anything he says!

Rose Lisboa

He should never be allowed to own dogs. We have to work on changing the laws that allow animal abusers to ever own or work with animals.

A

No. That there has been headway made in the area of enforcement of animal cruelty and fighting laws, the laws themselves have not developed the balance needed to truly discourage many people from participating in either. More laws involving sentences with more impact on perpetrators' lives need to be created, implemented and enforced. The weapons charge was a nice addition to the sentence!

A

No. That there has been headway made in the area of enforcement of animal cruelty and fighting laws, the laws themselves have not developed the balance needed to truly discourage many people from participating in either. More laws involving sentences with more impact on perpetrators' lives need to be created, implemented and enforced. The weapons charge was a nice addition to the sentence!

Stee

Needs more time to think about his actions.....

Sue

Noww he can be the dog and get on all fours and get beat up by those guys who will enjoy his stay. Hope he comes out realizing he is not such a tough man any longer and his butt will be a lot different too. He should get more time, he might get off of the three years down to 1 1/2 for good behavior and this they should not allow. No dogs at all or animals when he gets out for the rest of his life and he can be checked on my animal control and the police too on this matter. Should make him register as to where he is living to keep and eye on him also so he does not do this again. Short story and does not say much at all about the dogs as I had hoped.

Dawn

I want these sick people to get at least 5 years in prison and never be allow to have any pets. How can we make this happen, so sick of seeing animals neglected, I am calling animal control or unfortunately street team to pick up dead dogs twice a week. My heart is sooo heavy. Not enough of us on the streets who are authorize to take these heartless people down.

Lourdes Carvall...

It's better than no jail time, but honestly two sentences of a year served concurrently, is nothing compared to the pain Sanchez inflicted in those animals. People are totally insane :(
And I think that jail time for those individuals should be much longer.

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