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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Okay, people that are low enough to abuse amazing animals like pit bulls, need a bigger sentence than that. The judge might as well have slapped his hand!


That's not nearly long enough.


yey. its not enough time in my opinion but its a start. I am disgusted at anyone who mistreats any animal, let alone dog fighting. I have 2 pits myself and i love them with all my heart and would die protecting them. Moreover, they protect and love anyone they know, including all of the many children at my house, and guests/guests children. Dont get me wrong, in the wrong hands, any dog can be vicious and a public menace, but, if you own a dog or pitt bull, you should be a responsible owner, not only by feeding, but training, vet care and love. There isnt a breed that loves more than a pittbull. Its really amazing and wish everyone could experience it.


He didn't get enough time. Still too lax in sentencing, Vermin like him start with animals and go on to humans. Thankfully those dogs were saved. ASPCA you are the best, but I'm sure more rats like him exist.