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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If this story about dogfighting and our lax laws angers you, I urge you to research the voting records of your elected representatives. Little will change without stronger laws. If your representative has voted against stronger laws, let them know how you feel at election time.

Julie Mack

This story is so preciously happy, I teared up reading it. I am so happy that you are able to report such positive outcomes. Every single animal deserves a happy, healthy, loving home.

Pamela Rojo

And I am THRILLED that is now a criminal offense to attend a dog fight! These fights are put on because they are big money sports. If they arrest the people who attend the fights they can go a long way in shutting them down. If they aren't profitable the low lifes that fight these animals will be put out of business. They are in it only for the money. Make it unprofitable to fight animals and they'll move on to other things to make their money.


HATE THIS BEYOND WORDS!! I KNOW T O PUNISH THESE PEOPLE AS IN AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES ME JUST AS BAD AS THEM but man I would like to see them really afraid like they made these helpless wonderful beautiful dogs feel!!

GOD please intervene with this stuff

Keimei J

Dogs are a blessing why would anyone treat these babies this way? Reading these stories are a gift and curse for me it's so saddening to read what these babies went through but to read that they overcame mistreatment brings a smile to my face.

Terry Dixson

As a part time volunteer for ASPCA that worked with these dogs this past summer, it was one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of my life. These dogs, so desperately wanting human interaction and compassion, and despite everything they had been through, were fantastic to work with. Two special dogs in particular stole my heart. "Romeo" and "Guido". They loved people, but thanks to the inhumanity of Mr. Sanchez and the training to fight they went through and were unable to overcome, these two beautiful souls had to be humanely euthanized. On my last day at the rescue site and knowing their fate, I laid on the floor in front of their kennels and loved on them like there was no tomorrow. Literally, no tomorrow. They left this cruel world knowing that people cared, knowing what it was like to be loved and knowing that not all human beings were lousy people. Mona Lisa- you're one of the lucky ones and I wish you the best life ever! To Romeo and Guido, I will never, ever forget you and the others that went with you, and I pray that you have somehow found the love, compassion, peace and joy you were stripped of in this life...........


Reading about dog and animal abuse makes me almost sick. I'm so glad for people like the ASPA who are there for these precious animals.


Im so happy Mona Lisa found a loving environment. No animal should be put through whas shes being through and thank God she was able to be loved and re-habilitated. I hope these criminals are prosecuted.


Im so happy Mona Lisa found a loving environment. No animal should be put through whas shes being through and thank God she was able to be loved and re-habilitated. I hope these criminals are prosecuted.


I am so glad to see that Mona Lisa for a Forever Home. She deserves to be happy. It just makes me sick to my stomach to read how people can be so cruel to animals. They need to punish these people that organize/attend dog fighting events. We need to establish a stronger law against this type of behavior and save our beloved animals from being subjected to such violence. I pray for all these dogs that they find loving homes. Thank you ASPCA for sharing such a touching story!