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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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If someone mentions "God" or "blessings" in passing, let it go. This is no place to question someone's religion. The dog's were saved, and that is all that matters here.

Donna Dunehew

With every evil and inhuman activity, we are free to question God's presence or possible callous neglect. I sort of have come up with a resolution in my mind. I'd like first to impress upon the reader here that I am not a zealous religious individual. My conclusion just makes sense to me. God allows for crime, inhuman acts of violence and hatred. Until He just can't take it anymore and He strikes it down one way or another ... hence the ASPCA is defending mistreatment of animals as they learn of it. At the base of either side of this argument is the primary basis of evil and crime. The element of 'free choice' is at the base of every Christian or God based action and of deliberation as well as every evil or criminal action.

James Feldmann

I agree - where were God when all of this happened??? We give credit to God everytime something good happen therefore, we have every rights to question God when bad things happen instead of turning our backs! Humans are the most evil creature beings compared to animals and we are the reason why this world is so messed up and innocents (animals, children, and disabled) are the one paying huge price for our selfishness! Who is really God here?? Those people who dedicate their life to help and protect those less fortunate and easily exploited victims like animals, children, and disabled.

Those people who were involved in pitbull fighting should be shot!

June

Oh definitely shot, strung up, gased, do not need those type of people to even share,breath our living space. The jail is even way too good for them!!! DEFINITELY SHOT AND NO REFORMING HERE, MICHAEL VICK GOT OFF WAY TOO EASY!!!!!

Isabella Gaunt

you are so right couldn't be more right cause all they get is a certant amunt of time in prison and then they go right back and do the same thing again and again for ever and it gets passed on generation through genoration

Isabella Gaunt

i totally agree your very wise and you know how to give good advise

Donna Dunehew

With every evil and inhuman activity, we are free to question God's presence or possible callous neglect. I sort of have come up with a resolution in my mind. I'd like first to impress upon the reader here that I am not a zealous religious individual. My conclusion just makes sense to me. God allows for crime, inhuman acts of violence and hatred. Until He just can't take it anymore and He strikes it down one way or another ... hence the ASPCA is defending mistreatment of animals as they learn of it. At the base of either side of this argument is the primary basis of evil and crime. The element of 'free choice' is at the base of every Christian or God based action and of deliberation as well as every evil or criminal action.

john

To all of you darn internet trolls, shut up. You do realise this is the ASPCA site, right? Go to a bar and ponder the existance of God with another drunk. You should all be happy there are people out there like the volunteers at ASPCA trying to change this. Just shut up and go away.

Dana

Really....you had to throw the "where was God when it happened card"! God was there...he gives people the opportunity to do the right thing...he gives us choices. We can either decided to do whats right or whats wrong....these people chose to do whats wrong. Maybe you should read the Bible and you would not have asked such a question. God was there, he will punish those that did this, maybe not in our time and we may not witness it, but, he will in his time. Its so sad what these dogs have to go through and I hate it! I am a animal rights activist and pit bull owner and support punishment to those that are cruel to animals....they deserve better and they too are a creation from God. He doesn't like it either and I'm sure would rather people who approve of dog fighting to choose to do the right thing and not do it, but, once again...we make the decision to do it even though we know its wrong. God is always with us...and thank God we have people like the ASPCA and others who come forward and report these things happening....just saying.

Pat B

to people reading this, go to www.facebook.com/justiceforwyatt to see story. A kitten in Erie, PA was brutally tortured by a group of kids. kicked, tossed high into the air and hitting cement. He had a punctured lung, sprained back and brain damage. No arrests. We have started a petition to the President to get these laws changed for all animal abusers. It has gone across the country because of sharing. Please take the time to go there and sign to stop all abuse and let little Wyatt's tiny cries be heard. Thank You

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