Dogs saved from Bronx dog fighting ring now available for adoption

The police with some of the dogs rescued in the Bronx on June 21.

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.

However, 17 of the rescued dogs had to be euthanized, the ASPCA said yesterday. Those 17 showed extreme aggression, according to ASPCA spokesman Bret Hopman, and were found to be too dangerous to be handled by people.

Several animal experts studied the dogs, according to Hopman, and the decision was made to put them down.

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.

The basement included a makeshift fighting arena with seats for dozens of spectators.

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.

Interested in adopting a dog?

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.

If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, you can contact the shelters at the following numbers for more information:

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

Super of building charged with running ring

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.

Below are two dogs that were part of the dog-fighting ring and are now able to be adopted.



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