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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I agree with 40 years in prison and no bail.


I think they should get at least 3 yr per animal that is rescued, maybe then they might think about the consquences and the animals.


the punishment does not fit the crime... he needs a real penalty. a few years like 5 sounds better

Donna Schott

He may get so-called hard time, but that is only 3-4 years? Out in 18 months. Just like Mike Vick. How many dogs were killed? how many were scarred physically and mentally for the rest of their lives?? give him 10- 15 years with no good time and let him stay in solitary confinement and let him out for a good weekly beating from others and lock him back in the cage. See if others want to follow his example and get the same punishment! things may change...


throw him in a cell & let 50 wild, rapid dogs tear him apart until he's dead! that'll be justice


This sentence is entirely not enough! He should have gotten at least 6 months for each animal found in the building - so for me 25 years would have been more adequate - No telling how many dogs died under his watch.


Our lab was stolen 3 weeks ago and we haven't found him yet. People are saying that fighters steal dogs for bait. I hope this wasn't what happened to mine. I have joined in with my local animal shelter and formed a committee to work on this. I am trying to get as many people as I can to go on and sign the petition to put animal abusers on a registry as an offender which means everyone can find out this information and cannot own an animal again. Wouldn't you want to know if your neighbor had abused an animal in the past? And no 1 year is not enough.

Susan Cherry

Animal fighting is barbarric, and those who participate in the practices deserve a great deal more punishment than current sentencing guidelines mandate.
These monsters who participate or contribute to animal fighting deserve to be made to fight for their lives like the gladiators of long ago.
I wouldn't feel sorry at all forr those who go to prison and become Big Bubba's Girlfriend!!!!!
After all, they don't care about those poor dogs, and other animals who are forced to fight for their lives.

Eileen Keenan

1 year for dog fighting!? That's not enough! Animal abusers are evil people. Yes, evil, as evil as a child abuser. There's a lot to be said about the mind of a person who can hurt those(beasts or human)that are weaker than them. He probably won't serve the whole sentence but I guess it's something. It's a small win for the poor creatures that are hurt by the inhumane people like this Sanchez. However, the punishments need to be harsher.


I say put in a shark tank and walk away. what he did to all those animals plus some 2 years, 18 mos is not enough; however it is better than nothing at all.