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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Sylvia Fern Head

Cruelty to animals in general shows psychopathic or sociopaths personality disorder. These people tend to not see the object of their cruelty as something that has feelings or feels pain, to them it is just an object that they feel is for their pleasure. These people lack the ability to feel empathy, regret, remorse. etc. A lot of serial killers and or murders and abusers have shown a tendency to animal cruelty when they are children or
youths. Treatment for this situation is a must. Though often medical and mental help does NOTHING to change these peoples' thoughts and desires... Medication is a must to assist them - in the form of a LETHAL INJECTION!!!


One year? Potentially, but not likely, three? This is no where near enough time for the crime committed.

Anna Bergalis

He needs more time and a lot of community service . Anmd counseling

Rose Geman

As far as I am concerned, Michael Vick should still be in jail. Those who treat animals with cruelty and abuse and neglect are a fine line from doing the same to human beings. As a nation, we don't even Respect the Life of an UNBORN CHILD, so it doesn't surprise me that there are those who are cruel to animals. They should be punished and all puppy mills should be closed. They are causing pet overpopulation and the death of many shelter animals.

B Mills

I"m glad to see he"ll be punished but we need stiffer laws for our beloved animals < if i could save them all i would < we need laws and we need them inforced ,in WV it seems it just doesn't matter, I've called on so many mistreated animals just to go back and see them still there in same conditions. Wonder how there owners would like to be chained or caged outside in the elements not able to help themselves or get food and fresh water , love and attention. I have 2 rescue dogs and they are my children, I love these girls more than life. 1 of them was chained to a fence on a 4 ft chain , no shelter, food and nasty dirty water the other somebody dropped along side of the road{so cruel} they are the loves of my life! If anyone has any IDEAS HOW TO INFORCE LAWS HERE PLEASE TELL ME

Theresa Strom

The punishment for animal cruelty is no where near where it should be. It is sad that we do not regard these helpless creatures with anymore regard than a one year prison term and sadly because of this they will be right back at these crimes as soon as they get out.


Keep up the great work. keep the creep in jail for life??


good work!!!!!!!!!!!1

Gertruida Wessels

Well done - I hope he gets in jail what he has given out to animals who cannot defend themselves - that actually needs love and attention.

J. Boggs

Sentencing laws will be the only solution to the light sentences for animal cruelty. I think we all agree tougher sentencing is needed for these types of crimes to put a halt to it. collectively we have the power if we harness all our energies together it to put into this