Bronx Superintendent Indicted in Dog-Fighting Ring

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The superintendent of a Bronx building has been indicted on animal cruelty charges in connection with the dog fighting ring he was allegedly running. Raul Sanchez, 57, was charged with 63 counts, including 13 felonies connected to the staging of dog fights, breeding, training and selling dogs to be engaged in fights. If convicted, he faces years behind bars.

Last month, the ASPCA, in conjunction with the NYPD Vice Enforcement Division and Bronx District Attorney’s office, assisted in the removal, forensic evidence collection and on-scene documentation and sheltering of 50 dogs seized from a dog fighting operation at 1254 Sherman Avenue, a six-story apartment building in the Bronx.

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Many of the dogs, which ranged in age from 12 weeks to five years, exhibited injuries indicative of fighting. They were living in a windowless basement, which included a makeshift arena with estimated capacity for 100 spectators. Also recovered were a loaded .25-caliber handgun, 22 crude wooden cages, multiple pet carriers, U.S. currency, and paraphernalia 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,” said Howard Lawrence, senior director of operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “The dogs we saw today exhibited scarring and injuries consistent with fighting dogs. The ASPCA is determined to protect New York City’s animals from this form of cruelty.”

12 thoughts on “Bronx Superintendent Indicted in Dog-Fighting Ring”

  1. Sadly some cultures see nothing wrong with it. How can they watch such horrid torture and enjoy it? Sick monsters!!!

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  2. I hope they thrown him in jail and he has to fight to stay alive let him see what pain he has inflicted on totally innocent dogs!!!!! These evil people make bad names for these poor dogs. It’s not bad dogs it’s bad people who own them!!!

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  3. He was the superintendent of the building , where are the owners ? And why did they let this go on. I am thinking they are just as guilty. Ghetto trash losers is all they are, sorry if people think it’s wrong or if they are offended but it’s true they are good for nothing ghetto trash. Get a real job like everyone else if you need money and don’t hurt animals to do it. Nothing but lazy illegals.

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  4. I doubt this POS will actually be prosecuted and even if prosecuted will serve no jail time and face only minimal punishment. Why do I think this? Because his lawyer (no doubt court appointed for “indigent” defense because the POS will shout “poor” and the idiots in the court system will believe him despite what level of blood money he was making in his illegal activity) will plea bargain him out, that’s one. Two – the system will make all kinds of excuses for him because they will consider his activity “cultural.”

    I agree with Julie. Ghetto trash is what the whole lot of them are – the dude, the building owners who only cared about the rent money flowing in and not what kind of ghettobillies were running the building or living in it, AND other tenants and neighbors of tenants who could not possibly have been ignorant of what was going on under their scummy noses.

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  5. Omg wish this would not happen they don’t deserve it I just lost my dog on July the 22nd Sunday I miss him everyday he was my bestest friend in the whole world don’t now what to do without him and I run a business as a dog groomer not easy at the moment so don’t understand people like this it’s cruel wish we could do to them what they have done to these animals but they won’t feel nothing . Punishment needs to be made much harder . Than just a couple months behind bars . It’s just not right .

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