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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Julie Fegley

The punishment doesn't fit the crime. And it never does.

Wendy Poudrier

First of all, I believe that sentences should be served consecutively and not concurrently and they should be sentenced to a specific time in jail not one to three years. We all know he will probably do a year or less. He should never be allowed to have animals again even after parole. Anyone who does this to animals will most likely do it again and a lot of times, people who abuse animals also abuse or move on to abuse humans.


Why concurrent sentences ? Why not consecutive ? Basically they are saying that one charge means nothing since there is no extra time given, so either cruelty or possession means nothing at all. And NO question - NO animals again EVER - what is wrong with that judge - "for the length of parole" ? Bahh....

Marjorie Hass

Much too lenient. He should have gotten around ten years in order to send a message to him and others. He should be banned from owning animals for life.


i would like to do to him what he did to those Dogs!.he should also be treated like a pedafile and branded for life!

Lana DeCarlo

Good for the charges and sentencing. This is why we need a national registry!

Mary Evans

The only way to do this is to show the criminal justice system that the majority of the people want more time, fines and trouble put on these criminals. The more we speak out locally, and nationally the more attention it gets.
I for one do not like the idea of just restricting him to not owning animals while on parole. He should not be allowed to own animals, period. How to enforce is another issue. We have to also think about these dogs now. There are 50 dogs that are given a 2nd chance at life. This should be a celebration for them as well...


He should get the death sentence!


Seriously?!? C'mon. Give him a life sentence, judge. Or 50 of them. Or 50, 2-year sentences. Something that might hurt him, he'll be out in 18 months. And he'll just start again.
I hope if there's ever a real Hunger Games, this guy is the first from District 12. Then he might realize how the dogs felt.
Then again, he's hardly human.
Give him a basic sentence (Like 20 years), then add on for each dog he abused.
It's an okay start, but we need more severe punishments. If anything, his business will be upped by this publicity, so keep him in jail for life, or maybe 50 years and then never able to have an animal again.
Why should this person be allowed to have an animal again, ever? Mice have feelings. Parrots have feelings. Cats have feelings. Dogs have feelings. FISH have feelings!
Clearly, this man doesn't.

Mary Pamme Dronet

A bullet to the inhumane jerk would have been some justice; JUST wondering is the dude LEGAL to be in America? This is why some of us are "prejudise" Latino and Black (Michael Vick) are the worse for their races when caught harming animals. By the way WHO is not checking up on Vick owning dogs again?????