After Being Saved From a Bronx Fighting Dungeon, These Dogs Are Ready to Find Loving Homes

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The dogs can’t wait to find their new forever homes.

Many of the 50 dogs saved from a cruel Bronx dog fighting ring in June will be available to be adopted by the public, the ASPCA announced yesterday.

The dogs, pit bulls and pit bull mixes ranging from puppies to adults, were rescued in late June from a nightmarish basement in the Bronx, where, according to the ASPCA and the Bronx district attorney’s office, they were forced to fight each other.So far, 26 of the dogs have been placed with animal welfare groups throughout the Northeast, and placement options for an additional seven dogs are being finalized. In total, 33 dogs will be up for adoption.

After being rescued, the dogs required two months of care. They had been traumatized by the fighting and in addition to medical care and a proper diet, required extensive socialization at a temporary shelter.

Sadly, 17 of the dogs could not be rehabilitated and were euthanized.

When the ASPCA and the NYPD conducted the raid on June 21, they found 50 dogs held in the dingy, dark basement of a six-story apartment building in the Bronx. The dogs were forced to live in crude cages in the corner room of a cellar and rarely — if ever — saw the light of day, unless they were brought outside to be trained or to fight on the streets.

Doggie treadmills had been set up, and harnesses, muzzles and syringes lay scattered on the floor. There was also a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts in the cellar, which officials said was fed to the canines.

Police and ASPCA workers at the scene also found a loaded .25-caliber handgun, multiple pet carriers and money.

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The dogs are currently being held at various animal rescue centers, including St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J.; Charles Henderson Animal Rescue in Brooklyn and Columbia Greene Humane Society in upstate Hudson, N.Y.



Some of the dogs are also at the ASPCA’s Adoption Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Madison, NJ):  973-377-2295
Charles Henderson Animal Rescue (Brooklyn, NY):  347-420-0658
ASPCA Adoption Center (Manhattan):  212-876-7700 ext. 4120

The superintendent of the building, Raul Sanchez, was arrested the same day as the raid. He has been charged with 63 counts of animal fighting as well as various counts of aggravated animal cruelty, and possession of a weapon.


If convicted, he faces up to four years in jail

2 thoughts on “After Being Saved From a Bronx Fighting Dungeon, These Dogs Are Ready to Find Loving Homes”

  1. He should have receive a year for each dog that had to be fighting is so cruel and detrimental to the image and reputation of pitbulls.

  2. I’m actually surprised that all of the dogs were not killed and I am skeptical about the ones they killed. After all, most of Vick’s dogs were rehabilitated and the ASPCA wanted them dead as well. It just takes time and dedication and the right environment to do so.
    The ASPCA refused to rehab Oreo and killed the dog even with rescues begging to take it. They have a high kill rate and from what I have read will often kill kittens within hours of being relinquished even while telling the people the kitten will be placed for adoption.
    It is my understanding that the ASPCA advocated a law in NY so that dogs and cats can be killed quicker and they also blocked any changes in the laws allowing rescues to pull dogs easier (so called Oreo’s law). IMHO they are elitist and feel they know better than others.
    IMHO there are far better places to donate your money!


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