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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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Kathy Kron

1-3 years is laughable! He should get that much for each dog!!!! I hope this at least hits the major headlines of all the newspapers and local tv stations to alert all the other criminals who take part in this horrendous "enterprise". I wish all the animal organizations would pool reward money for anyone to call in an anonymous tip regarding dog fighting. Someone must have heard barking coming from that basement for years and yet no one came forward. They are afraid of retaliation. Make the reward substantial and anonymous and I think we could make a significant dent.

Micheal Moffat

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Red

I wish he would get more time in prison. Hopefully there will be some males in jail that love animals and will torture the hell out of him. Too bad the dogs can't get a hold of him for payback. He should also NEVER be allowed to have animals. Payback is a bitch.

Diann Jacobson

THE PUNISHMENT IS NEVER BAD ENOUGH TO MAKE PEOPLE STOP DOING IT. IF WE PUT HIM IN WITH ANIMALS TEARING HIM APART I WONDER IF PEOPLE WOULD STOP. THE PUNISHMENT IS NOT BAD ENOUGH.

dorothy/howard ...

ludicrous.....the judicial sytem is sorely(no pun intended).... lacking. when will it become part of the solution instead of part of the problem...these cruel monster dog fighters and owners have nothing to fear....a few months (maybe) in return for the "I did it"!!!!!
Laws must be stricter and the sentences enforced as public demands....

Mr Concurrent

People please read. He's not getting up to 5 years. That's consecutive. He's serving his as concurrent, which means he serves all three at exactly the same time. They don't add up to make 5 years.

Lori

Obviously the punishment handed down to this low life is not good enough. He needs to be slapped with a harsher sentence, it seems like the justice system is still not taking these creeps serious. These beautiful dogs suffer so much and end up dying a tragic death. This monster needs to have the book thrown at him and hopefully he will get what he deserves in jail. Beaten up, torn apart just like these poor dogs suffered. Life is not fair and the justice system is still not fair. They need to realize that an animal's life so much more precious then what they think. These dogs need justice and this is not good enough. Until the justice system really punishes these animal abusers the way they should be punished, animal abusers will not take them serious.

Redaphrodite

I guess it's a start. However, if we as a country had a more strict law enforcement we would see our crimes over all drop. Learn from countries who are doing it right. For example Singapore

JEANNE T.

Yeah, this is a start... but, he should be banned for LIFE for not having any dogs !!! AND needs at least 10 YEARS IN PRISION for the damage he has done to who knows how many dogs !!! UNFORGIVABLE !!!

Lindy

This is definitely not near enough time. These poor dogs go through hell.. he should, too..

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