A Building superintendent at a Bronx apartment building was indicted yesterday for allegedly running a dog-fighting ring out of the basement of the building. At the time of his arrest, dozens of dogs — in various stages of poor health — were recovered.
Additionally, authorities say 54-year-old Raul Sanchez used the basement of the apartment building at 1254 Sherman Avenue to breed, train, and sell dogs for the purpose of puppy brawls.
Sanchez first was arrested in June following a lengthy investigation
by the NYPD and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. At the time of his
arrest, a search of the basement turned up 50 pit bulls — of ages
ranging from a few months to five years old — in pretty rough shape.
When the dogs were found, they were housed in cages stacked in a room at the rear of
the basement. Many of the animals had scars
consistent with dog fighting.
Additionally, six treadmills, several rubber tires, scales, and various medicines were found near the dogs.
Also recovered were a fighting ring and carpeting, both of which were
stained with blood.
The dogs were turned over to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where they are
receiving medical treatment and being evaluated for adoption, if
Sanchez isn’t so lucky — he’s been charged with 63 counts of
Prohibition of Animal Fighting, 13 of which are felony offenses; 6
counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals; 6 counts of Overdriving,
Torturing and injuring Animals; and one count of Criminal Possession of a
Weapon in the Fourth Degree. If convicted of the most serious offense,
Prohibition of Animal Fighting, he faces a possible sentence of up to 4
years in prison.