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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What a measly slap on the wrist for this guy! He'll be out in a year and when parole is over he'll be abusing dogs again. Not good! How about making him pay for the dogs' care while they heal and also their board and care while they wait for adoption? Why should our overcrowded shelters be made to carry the load made worse by criminals like this creep? For many shelters overcrowding means euthanasia for more animals. So he not only killed his own dogs, he's killing future dogs by denying them the opportunity to be adopted! But more violence is not the answer; education is!

Lynn Laviolette

I agree with many of the comment.and to think that these sentences will be served in currently is outrageous. One to three years is nowhere close to what he should have been sentenced to for over 50 dogs being fought in the home.

Jeanne Bradbury

Until the punishment fits the crime, the mutants who fight dogs will not be deterred. A few years for running an organized dog fighting ring is a slap on the wrist!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SOCIETY when there's a stiffer sentence for illegally copying a video or a music track than for systematically torturing and killing animals?????????????????


Some people are so heartless!!! It hurts my heart to think of these innocent animals that feel physical & mental abuse just as we as humans! Dear Jesus please be with these cruel people & show them their wrong hateful behaviers!! Remind them that we are supposed to take care of these animals not abuse them!! My prayers are with these puppies.. Thank you ASPCA for helping give these puppies a voice!

Chery F

Some say this is a start, but this is just a slap on the wrist. Other dog fighters are just sitting around laughing at the amount of time he will have to serve in jail. They are not scarred of serving 1-3 years in jail. Fine them big time, money to go to SPCA, sentence to start at 5 years. All this pain they cause needs to hurt them!

Sheryl Kutsmeda

Certainly sentencing should be harsher but lets be hopeful that this person learns and understands what he was doing.I know and have seen some incredible programs where prisoners work and train dogs to make them ready for service work with people that have disabilities. Lets hope this is what comes out of it..I understand Michael Vick has done wonderful work now that he gets it..


I think anyone that thinks they can hurt a animal should get the death sentence.

joann ilgenfritz

happy to hear he was sentenced but he will be out next week and he will definitely get other animals - this is nothing for these non-humans - dog fighting is their livelihood, their life and their jobs because they are too stupid to get a real job and earn money the right way - WE NEED STRONGER SENTENCES 3 years at least and all 3 served in a real prison, not club med and if they do it again 5 years and a fine. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

Judy Morley

It is nowhere near enough. It is past time for much harsher sentences and ban them from owning animals for LIFE.


Anyone participating in this kind of activity has no empathy for other living things. The people who torture cats or other small animals have nothing stopping them from moving on to human targets. If the compassion isn't there for an innocent pet, you can bet there wont be for a person who has wronged them. Anyone who is found guilty of animal cruelty should be subjected to therapy.