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Video: Bronx Dog Fighting Victims, One Year Later

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:30pm
ASPCA responder holding pit bull puppy

Dozens of dogs rescued during a dog fighting bust in the Bronx last year are finally seeing brighter days ahead, and many, including one dog known as Unicorn, have been adopted into loving homes.

These dogs’ lives were very different just one year ago. On June 21, 2012, we found them living in the dark, dirty basement of a six-story apartment building complete with a makeshift fighting arena, dog treadmills and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts.

For months, ASPCA responders provided the dogs with extensive socialization, a healthy diet, medical care and exercise at a temporary shelter. Our goal was to prepare the dogs for adoption into loving homes, and give them a second chance to enjoy the rest of their lives free of pain and suffering. We’ve told you some of their stories. Watch the whole story and an interview with Unicorn’s adoring pet parents:

The Bronx dogs’ owner, Raul Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to dog fighting earlier this year, was sentenced to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon.

Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Please help us stop this barbaric form of cruelty by sharing this video with the hashtag #dogfighting and encourage your friends to share it, too.