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ASPCA Rescues 50 Dogs in Bronx Dog Fighting Case

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 12:30pm

Nearly 50 dogs, ranging in age from 12 weeks to five years, were found yesterday living in the windowless basement of a six-story apartment building in the Bronx. The space, which served as a makeshift dog fighting arena, was littered with crude wooden cages and had the capacity for roughly 100 spectators. Raul Sanchez, the building’s superintendant, was taken into custody and charged with animal fighting, a felony.

Working closely with the NYPD Vice Enforcement Division and the Bronx District Attorney's Office, our team played a critical role in the rescue of the dogs, forensic evidence collection and on-scene documentation.

Also discovered on scene were a loaded .25-caliber handgun, U.S. currency, and other equipment associated with dog fighting—including dog treadmills, harnesses, muzzles, syringes and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts.

"Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture," says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. "The dogs we saw today exhibited scarring and injuries consistent with fighting dogs. We’re determined to protect New York City's animals from this form of cruelty."

The dogs, many of whom showed scars from fighting, were transported to a temporary shelter for further evaluation by our emergency response medical team. The ASPCA will continue to provide legal support to the Bronx District Attorney's Office to help prosecute the case.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Andrea Barlow

Signed and shared petition. I would like the penalty to be death for all animal abusers, fighters and spectators!

melinda

Couldn't have said it better myself....

Russell

It's already a felony in all 50 states you dumbass!!

Cara

If u read the petition, it is to make spectatorship a felony. I thought we were all on the same team here.

MsPhillyG

You sound so ignorant! Why call someone trying to help out with these heinous people a dunbass. You are truly a ridiclous fool. To everyone on this blog, send goodwill and prayers to these lil guys thank you. Keep your eye and ears open to help the ASPCA stop crap before another gets started. The really sad thing is that some of the dogs were euthanized because they were unable to be rehabilitated. It's just not fair these inocent animals have to suffer for these stupid "dumbass idiots" that make them fight for sport and the for the spectators they should be rounded up and get the same jail time because they are just as bad as the idiots that set these fights up.

Monica W.

Thank you to the men and women involved in rescuing these poor dogs and breaking up this dogfighting ring. Enough is enough - this has to end. And we may have a chance given people like you.

Jc Rodriguez

Please , Please put this piece of garbage behind bars , for a long time ..........and find the others and do the same to this low class people................

Donna Geiler

Look at the dog in the police officers arms, he just wants to be loved & cuddled, Karma will be a bitch!

anja

I'm sure it is heart-breaking work, but the animals and many people thank you for all you do!!! I wish there was no need for your job, but since there is, keep up the good work!

Ashley

Thank you NYPD for rescuing these dogs. Please put them up for adoption...choose to keep them alive. The criminals, however, do what you want with them. Maybe lock them in a basement? Tie them to a treadmill? Inject them with whatever they injected the dogs with. NYPD are the true heroes here.

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