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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Good to see something is starting to happen but the sentence should be in a labour camp working 12-14 hours a day for the duration of his sentence. wITH A SENTENCE LIKE THAT IT MIGHT WORK OR JUST SEND THEM TO ME I WILL FIX THE PROBLEM!


I am glad he is getting some prison time but I think they really need to start mamming these criminals like take a hand or foot that might deture them a little and we wouldnt have soooo many repeat offenders which the hard working people have to pay to feed ,house, wash etc...

Sheryl Ferguson

Take him to the vet's to get neutered!


I agree with the first comment, not nearly enough time for this idot to serve, i belive that when a person is caught-up with dog/cock fighting and any kind of abuse of animals, that person should serve without parole at least 5 years. that should be the standard sentencing for any kind of animals abuse.

Pamalah MacNeily

This is nothing. What kind of fine? Who was he working with?


These sentences never seem harsh enough. To serve them concurrently, it's even more of a break for him. And wahoo..he can't have animals while on parolee. How about at LEAST extending that to the duration of his life? I do not understand.

grace & faith's mom

He should have gotten a life sentence 4 each life that was taken or drastically changed. Those who care 4 God's creatures will truely be blessed!

Bob Beatty

Like everyone else, I can' believe he got off so light. If I were the judge, I'd sentence him to a year for each dog he had, 50 years minimum with no chance of parole. Now that would send a message for sure.

Judy Gibson

I hope everything and more happens to him in prison that he did to these innocent animals. He deserved a lot more time in prison. I hope they will change the laws that are now in place and make the time fit with the crime.

sheri perez

Well, the sentence is better than what some get; but this tragic crime REALLY deserves more time. And, anyone convicted in ANY type of animal cruelty/neglect should NEVER be allowed to have another pet. We need to keep working towawrds tougher laws...but this is progress.