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 believe people who do this should serve a minimum sentence of 5 years. Usually these people have begun hurting animals at a very young age and eventually it progresses to other people. Get them off the streets.


This piece of crap should of gotten more time....maybe they should have prison fights in jails, treat prisoners like they did to thes poor dogs---laws need to be stiffer!!!!!!


I am happy they put this thug in prison, but for my taste, it is much too short a sentence. You can get 30 years for credit card fraud as I understand, so for this in my opinion they should put the thug in a pen, tie his ass up and turn loose a few hungry and angry pitbulls on him. See how well he handles that.
Next time maybe he will decide its not worth it. Putting him in prision for a year with free meals and lodging is too damn nice as far as I am concerned.


There is something broken inside these people who get pleasure from dogfighting or any animal abuse. They can't be fixed by an insignificant sentence. He should NEVER be allowed to be around animals again. PS: humans are animals, too.

He should have gotten 20 years! Should be covered in their blood and the dogs turned loose on him. I think this would make others like him reconsider the next dog fight they plan!! People like this guy should be drawn and quartered!! Just my thoughts and I am not a violent person, I just hate it when man harms animals.


Those sentences should NOT run concurrently. The sentence needs to to be long -- and really sting just like the cuts, teeth marks and infections those poor animals were subject to because of his complete lack of caring for the dogs in his care.

taylor rosenberg

I agree with the previous comments: not enough jail time and
he should be forbidden from ever, ever owning animals for the
rest of his life


I'm sorry but he will probably meet more inhuman dog fighting ring leaders in prison and will come out to continue harming these poor dogs. He should of gotten a minimum of 10 years.

Lee Rowan

I'd say life without parole.

Sheila Simpson

This is a start but the sentence is not nearly enough! He should have received at least five years for each animal he abused and held in that building to be served consecutively and in chains; you know, like he chained those precious dogs! Make an example of the scum and maybe the next low life will think twice!