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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It is just a slap on the wrist.The consequences need to be harsher, and I agree, mandatory.Also, these people should never be allowed to have any dogs, cats or any animal for the rest of their lives.


I guess I am tougher than most. I have such a strong passion for animals that it has almost become and obsession to protect the voices that can't be heard. When it comes to sentencing in this particular article I can appreciate what he got, but, had I have been a judge, and that many animals were involved I personally would have sentenced him to six months for each animal that was involved. That's 50 dogs he abused and the each one would get justice. As for him it sets a prime example to "NOT" abuse animals.


Cruelty to any Animal is in-humane and our furry friends do not have a voice. It is our job to protect them from harm and from evil-doers. Our Pets give us unconditional Love.


I brings joy to my heart knowing that all those animals are being taken care of! I also brings joy to my heart to know that the bastard who put those animals threw that is being sent to jail!!

Yes, he'll get out earlier than he should, but maybe he won't be allowed to have pets for the rest of his life. And prison time? Who knows what might happen to him in there? They hate pedophiles, maybe they hate animal torturers just as much.

Emily Burke

I really wish that the punishment was more fitting to the atrocious crimes that Sanchez committed. While I'm happy he is going to serve time in jail, I don't think he should EVER have the right to own an animal again. I have no sympathy for this man and cannot comprehend how a person could do these cruel acts. At one point will the courts begin to consider therapy and rehabilitation for these abusive monsters? Research has been available for YEARS showing that those who abuse animals have a higher probability of moving on to abuse other people. What are we waiting on??

Susan Harris

HARD TIME!!! Are you kidding me-he is a murderer! Animals a supposed to be here on earth for us to love and care for not KILL!!! During his time he should be made to take photos of the injured and dead dogs from dog fighting. A person who kills an animal is as evil as a person who kills people! He deserves at least a 25-life sentence. Dogs can't speak for themselves-when he is released he will set up his operation elsewhere and we will have to find him and give him another slap on the hand!

Brian Masefield

This sentence is NOT enough, and is hardly a 'serious consequence'. He's serving these sentences concurrently. FIFTY dogs. He should get FIFTY YEARS - one for each dog. Period. I don't know why these sentences are so slight. This man has no moral code, and is (truly) a menace to society. I also hope any money 'raised' in his dog-fighting ring is given to the ASPCA who will now have to care for these abused animals.

Manel Dias

Imagine that this cruel individual has been given only 18 months. This is a joke. Such brutality done to an innocent animal without any conciousness this person is an evil. Such individuals are the ones who eventually will graduate to be human killers. Then mass murderers. These are Blood Thirsty individuals. Lock him up for the longest period and BAN him owning another animal from the rest of his life. He is a Coward & a Barbarian.


Im glad he was sectenced, but as everyone else said it is unlikely he will spend the whole time. I do hope however that this puts a end to his activites, otherwise it will be for nothing.