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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Lisa Brewer

We really need help here in Vance County. All Pit Bulls or Pit Bull Mix dogs are immediately euthanized unless adopted out of state. Please rescue Annie. She is spayed and up to date on all vaccinations...currently on death row and cannot be adopted here! Contact Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society.They are on Facebook!


I am so glad that I joined your organization this year. Enjoy very much reading about your successes and diligence in the sometimes struggle it seems to protect our precious animals. thank you for all you do...


they need to enforce better laws and get the police involved especially in rural areas where dog fighting is still going on every weekend. People here are running around telling everyone how they went to a dog fight, but no one does anything about it. If you go to the police the do NOT care !!!! Its really hard to find someone that you can tell about it and that would actually care or do something!!!!

Toni M Dukeman

I am so happy to see that Mona got a loving home. Pits do get a bad rap, as did Dobermans & Rotties! It's so sad that there are so many sick and ignorant people out there who would engage in this horrific sport. It's disgusting! Good for you Mona Lisa! And good for you folks at the ASPCA who went into that hellhole to rescue all those dogs!!!

Ann Dietrich

Animal abusers should spend time in jail and pay very high fines for their actions. Stronger laws must be enacted and enforced to protect these poor helpless creatures who give so much love and devotion and ask for so little.
We need need to get these cruel abusers off the streets.

D Murphy

Beautiful, beautiful girl

Marlene J Prout

Thank you so much to those who have given good homes to the pets that need them! More kindness is needed. Please help.


The only way to put a stop to all animal cruelty is for people to become more aware of what is going on and step up to the plate and report the abuse. This is not limited to animal, abuse of any kind both to people and animals. Many people say they do not want to get involved because they are afraid. Fear is your own worst enemy. If you do not stand up and take action nothing will ever change. You can make an anonymous report and make a difference. It begins with you. Thank you to all who adopt the abused animals. I have adopted a number of them. All are loving pets that now have a good life.


Mona Lisa is proof--as if we needed more--that all any dog needs is love and care, and they will return loyalty and affection. It breaks my heart to think of what these dogs go through before they are rescued. Dog fighting should definitely be a felony and the people who engage in this disgusting practice should be treated as harshly as the law will allow.

Pamela Rojo

What a beautiful story. I wish people would realize the rewards in adopting a rescue dog. We have a boxer who is 9-1/2 now. We got him when he was 10 weeks old but when we got him he would cringe if you brought your hand anywhere near his face, he was afraid of noise, he was terrified of a leash, if someone spoke in anger or yelled he would cower and visibly shake. Even now you can look at him and see how unsure he is at times. He's 70 pounds of energy, love and happiness but we wonder what he went through before we got him. We foster dogs for rescue groups and we have adopted a mini pin/chihuahua for my mom and dad and we see all the time the success stories of rescues but it is gratifying to see that there are people who will give these abused animals a second chance. It may take more dedication and attention to be a foster mom and dad or to rescue an abused animal but the rewards are unbelievable and worth every effort you might have to give. Don't buy a pet store animal or a breeder animal - instead get a rescue animal. You will be amazed how grateful they are and how much they appreciate every single moment you spend with them.