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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2 years is not enough time. Was he fined? Is he put on a list where he can NEVER have any animal ever? This guy is an animal if you ask me, he deserves more time !

Trudy Stevens

The dogs' are effected by this cruelty forever. The sentence is way too light. Sanchez should spend a mandatory 10 years in prison and should be banned from owning or fostering a pet for life.


Yes, it's a start. Too bad the judge decided for concurrent sentences and not consecutive ones. That would have made more sense and this person would have remained in jail longer.

Sharon Schranz

Why even bother of assigning a sentence of one year for each of the 2 additional charges if they are being served concurrently. He is guilty of the additional charges, therefore he should serve time on those charges seperately, NOT CONCURRENTLY. At least he was convicted & sentenced, however, NOT nearly a long enough sentence. He should have a sentence of 5 years alone on the dog fighting charge.

yolanda figueroa

I'm elated that justice has a face and name...I'm looking forward for more to be caught, I'm for the rights of animals and I have no problem doing what is right for the cause of animals, I'm a voice for the voiceless!

Karen Smith

I also think that a person is convicted of such a horendous crime like dog fighting, they should be banned for life from having any animals, and monitored to make sure they don't. We also need to fight for tougher laws and longer sentences for these despicable people who use animals in this way. Write letters, speak up!

Helana Meisters

He needs to be in jail longer than that. Seems to me that all he got was a slap on the wrist!!

He is getting off easy! They should tie him to a tree and pour blood all over him and get a starving animal to eat him alive!! Slowly!!!!!

Lou Spradling

He should be happy I was not the Judge!

We need MORE Judges like this. LS

Alison Fisher

I am happy to see that he was found quilty and sentanced for both the animal cruelty as the dog fighting and not just the weapons charge. However, like all of us I believe it is just not enough. We are, however, being heard now. There was a time when they just would have received a slap on the wrist.