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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J Leigh

To lessen the degree of the punishemnt, the judge made the 3 sentences to be served concurrently, in other words, altogether. The sentences shoud have been CONSEQUETIVE, served one after the other.
Be aware and spread the word that prison sentences for cruelty to animal (and children) MUST BE CONSEQUETIVE! NOT concurrent!

Not Enough Time

It is TRULY not enough time. He needed to be given a life sentence as far as I'm concerned. He should have been given 5 Years for every dog he had in captivity, and each one should have served seperately. All this man got was a slap on the wrist. He will do his time and come right back out and set up shop again. The laws need to be made strict enough so that these lowlifes will think twice before hoarding animals to make money. They are EVIL people and need to be locked away as if they had committed a crime against a person because more than likely they HAVE and WILL hurt a person because they have no sense of morals or principals. If they can hurt an animal then they will think nothing of hurting a person.

He Needs To Be...

He needs to be gang raped while in prison to show HIM how it feels to be used and not be able to have a say so in what happens to him. He needs to have pain inflicted on him and have to feel there is no way out for him but to live in pain and agony all the time he is locked up, since all they want to give him is what was it, 18 months? When he got through being turned out it would seem like 18 years to him. He might have a new way of looking at things when he got out.


He'll be out in 8 to 10 months, after he gets a third off, for good behavior. These crimes should be felonies, not misdemeanors.


Time to be served concurrently eh?? & so what does that mean?? 1 yr served & 3 out?? Seriously not enough no matter. There needs to be a HARSH message that dog fighting WON"T be tolerated!!

Rowann Gilman

This is nowhere near an adequate sentence. What is wrong with the judges who determine these numbers? Aren't any of them dog owners? These dogs are being torn to shreds, dying in the most abhorrently cruel, violent ways imaginable, damaged beyond repair if they somehow survive. Good, sweet, gentle dogs used as bait. What do you do to a human who does these things to another human? It sure as hell isn't a couple of years in a luxury jail suite. This guy will be out--and when he is, he will go right back to where he came from: the pit.


1 year isn't enough!!!! Start out at 10 and see how quickly these people stop fighting dogs!!! They should also be banned for LIFE from ever having possession of any animals!

Nancy B

This is very good news. Though I feel his punishment should be consecutive, 1 right after the other, NOT CONCURRENT AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No time off for good behaviour... Thanks = ))


Any one convicted of animal cruelty or animal fighting of any kind should not only have to do jail time, but should never be allowed to own an animal of any kind. Ever!

Lizabeth Rice

I agree with every once comment about he will get out early. I am glad he was sent to jail but I don't think is enough punishment. People like dont see the harm there cosin and they need to learn you don't treat animals that way.