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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You guys have no lives. They're just animals, I don't even know why you're going all crazy over a man getting sentenced, let alone the dogs getting forced to fight, blah blah blah. They won't become extinct anyways, as they breed like gupies

Dog Lover

Punishment for abusing dogs should be just a harsh as child abuse. Its a sad world we live in. 3 years?! Seriously. Wow

Debra Wilks

1-3 years is not much when you consider they rescued over 50 dogs. I think 1-3 years per dog would be much more appropriate.


Still not enough time, I know that one day when the good LORD comes back, that all suffering will cease. that is the only faith I have in mankind because it seems that on a daily basis I can read, hear, or look online about someone abusing animals. I have a rescue, buddy is an australian sheppard, someone beat this dog severely, he has shown me his grateful personality and loyalty. he would never bark and now boy has he found his voice. I named him Buddy because I thought he needed a Buddy to love him and show him not all humans are cruel. I also rescued his girl Sweetie a Chow Chow and boy is she smart, I almost think she understands every word I say LOL. I love animals


I agree, the sentence was not enough. He needed to get sentenced for each dog he abused, not just the act of abusing them. 50 dogs should have been 50 years in jail and not served concurrently and without bail. This is the only way this abuse will ever stop!!!

Jenifer Klatt

The sentence Mr. Sanchez received is heading in the right direction, but, unfortunatley, not Nearly severe enough given the nature of his crime. These anmials suffered and were abused for years, thereby being deprived of a life with a loving family that every dog deserves. I think he should have received 5 years with a minimum of at least half served before eligible for parole. And not only for the duration of his parole should he not be allowed to own an animal, but he should Never, again, be allowed to own so much as a parakeet. Why should he ever be trusted to protect and love a dog as every normal person does automatically, without having to be arrested and put in jail with low life criminals??? Everyone else has common sense and knows that animals need to be treated with tender loving care and not abused. In my opinion, the day he started abusing and fighting animals in the ring is the day he lost his rights to owning animals ever again. I would ask that the courts rethink his sentence, or at the very least, revoke animal ownership rights permanently.


I'm happy that prison time is being served but the sentences are way too short for the crime. I don't think the issue is being taken seriously enough with just a year or two in prison.

Paul Wiekierak

Animal cruelty is a crime that goes unpunished. As I read the comments I thought with so many good souls to speak up why isn't the crime punished more stringently? Is something wrong with this picture?

markela taylor

we have to step and fight for the animals rights, these little sentences are enough for the REAL ANIMALS that are abusing these innocent animals. we are their voice and we need to step up and do something.

markela taylor

i meant to say these sentences are not enough, they need more time, these sentences are like slaps on the wrist, they'll just come out and do it again