Bronx Dog Fighting Victim Recovers, Finds New Home

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 1:00pm
Bronx Dog Fighting Victim

On the heels of last week’s guilty plea by Raul Sanchez for his involvement in a Bronx-based dog fighting operation, we are thrilled to report that many of the dogs are thriving in their new lives as beloved pets.

In November, we told you a very happy story about Ninja, one of the dogs we rescued and rehabilitated, who found a wonderful forever home. Now we have another heartwarming success story to share: Mona Lisa, who was one of 50 dogs we rescued in June from that dark, dingy Bronx basement, recently went home to a loving family.

Mona now lives with two loving pet parents in a spacious house overlooking 50 mountainside acres, where she takes frequent hikes with her new dog sister, Zelda. Her other favorite activities include snuggling with Zelda by the fireplace and lounging on the couch with her new pet parents.

Mona Lisa’s journey to adoption wasn’t easy. After her rescue, she was transferred to one of our partner shelters, The Animal Support Project, Inc. (TASP) in Cropseyville, New York.

“When Mona arrived at the shelter, she cried and whined like a hyena and was extremely anxious, usually sitting pitifully at the kennel door,” says Melinda Plasse of TASP. But after plenty of attention, care and time to recover, Mona made great progress. “She is outgoing,” Melinda reports, “loves belly rubs, and is kind as can be to children and other animals.”

When we picture Mona Lisa romping around in the woods with her new family, we can’t help but smile. We’re working to make sure that animals nationwide won’t continue to suffer due to the cruel practice of animal fighting. Last week, legislators reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which would make attending an organized animal fight a federal offense and would impose additional penalties for bringing a minor to an animal fight.

Please join us in our efforts by asking your own House representative to support this important humane legislation.

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I spend alot of money donating to animals accross the US... Dog fighting makes me sick to my stomach and knowing there are good people out there trying to stop it makes me smile!! Animals cannot speak for themselves. We have too. To all the people that protect them may GOD BLESS YOU!!! You are an ANGEL to an animal! ;)


I want to say too often we hear about these awful stories and don't hear what happens to the animals. Thank you countless times over for taking on these animals and working so hard to place them in loving homes


I'm glad this beautiful dog has a good home & someone who loves her. It's so nice to hear about positive outcomes!!


wow she Is brave to stay in the basement I would be scared. And people she not abuse dogs like that. hurry that she made I thru. its good to now that ASPCA is doing this.


To the family that adopted Mona Lisa...THANK YOU. It makes my blood boil when I think of people being so cruel to innocent animals. I adopted my dog 7 years ago and she changed my life for the better.

Marty Gorelick

For all those wonderful, fellow ( and Ladies) who devote their lives to saving our furry friends from harm, I Love You All !!!!

And for all those who choose to harm these precious creatures and steal our joy, we demand you pay for your crimes in the most heinous, dingy, dirty environments we the people can provide..

To our Law Makers. We demand you do your job that we the people elected or appointed you to do. Remember, just because you are the judge does not mean you're the boss, WE ARE THE BOSS !!!!!

To The Entire ASPCA Organization, we hold you in the highest regard and thank G-D for your determination to keep all animals safe from harm.


You are my hero THANK YOU!!!!!


Bring tears and heart pain unlike any other. A dog was my one and only friend as a child in a "home" filled with mutual hostility in the adults.

"Skipper" saved my life and what ever claims I have to sanity.

Human hubris toward other species infuriates and baffles me. I do wish we had death penalty/life imprisionment for these slime bags.


What a wonderful story. It makes me sick, literally to think of any animal being abused/neglected. Thank you ASPCA for all of your wonderful work. God bless.

Catharine McRae

so-called 'men' who have no balls,no sense of self esteem and have no respect for life, human or animal,and are raised by self-absorbed, negletful, criminal, abusive, usually single parents, grow up to be the scourges of society and abuse and kill anything in their path, children, women and animals. Even if they make millions in football or more likely, selling drugs, they are still worthless thugs. Dog fighting should be a federal felony with mandatory 20 years, no parole. Sorry, bleeding hearts and excuse makers, I call it like it is...