NYPD: Irving Sanchez Caught On Tape Abusing Pit Bull Puppy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Most people have puppy love. A man caught on tape in an East Harlem elevator seems to have the opposite.

The New York Police Department says Irving Sanchez, 46, was arrested after allegedly being caught on an elevator’s surveillance camera brutalizing a pit bull puppy.

The video was captured Sunday in the Wagner Houses in East Harlem. It shows a shocking attack.

Video: Animal Cruelty Caught On Tape

In the video, a man police say is Sanchez is seen walking into the elevator with a small pit bull puppy named Max. Once inside the elevator, the man is seen dragging the dog from side to side of the elevator by its leash, hurling it into the elevator walls.

Then the man leans in and hits the dog repeatedly with the handle of the leash, wielding the strap like a club.

Finally the man starts stepping on the dog and appears to kick him.

Sanchez was arrested the next day. He is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Max was taken to an animal shelter.

If guilty, what’s the appropriate punishment in this case? Sound off in our comments section.


One Comment

  1. XPIOLT says:

    Some of the ones here complain about torture of animals but do nothing about all the humans that are suffering from torture every day because it’s no longer Bush’s torture it’s Obama’s and that makes it all right. I’m surprised this weirdo in the elevator isn’t over in Iraq or Pakistan doing the same thing to an infant. but that will be OK because that’s Obama’s war and not Bush’s.

    1. larson roberts says:

      Are you having a 60s moment here? I have an old tiedied t-shirt and some beads you may want then. Maybe you need another chorus of Alice’s Restaurant too.

    2. Esoterica says:

      So, why don’t you do something about it instead of complaining that nobody does anything? This post is about animals, half wit, so try and stick with the topic…geez.

      Actually, this POS should be sent overseas to see if he has the same balls to meet an enemy head on with a leash instead of a puppy. Real tough guy, he is. Watch it, people in jail for non-abusive crimes have dogs, too, and don’t like innocents being brutalized…

  2. Htos1 says:

    Too bad I wasn’t there to give him a “civics” lesson as I SEVERLEY violate his civil and human rights.Sorry,that HAS to be done in defense of the defenseless.
    Extremism in the defense of virtue,is no vice,nor crime.

    1. shaquille says:

      I’d be careful of your defense of virtue. This is how the Muslims justify stoning to death women adulterers. Although I agree with your sentiment, you need to rethink this one.

      I’m thinking what kind of father this guy will be. Maybe he is acting out from his former gang years? He deserves to be prosecuted.

  3. Rodin says:

    “not an unborn human?” People who care so much about life BEFORE birth care little or nothing about life AFTER birth, human or animal.

    1. Scott says:

      Such a tired slogan, and in point of fact it is proven to be entirely untrue. A sad attempt to redirect discussion about the brutality and horror of abortion while also trying to assuage the guilt of those who would murder a defenseless, unborn baby. A false rationalization and an insult.

    2. Japes Macfarland says:

      You’re wrong, Rodin. It is disproportionately Christians (ie. the type of people who don’t believe in abortion) that also adopt unwanted children. Stop disseminating lies. What is your purpose?

    3. Rodin says:

      @ Scott

      Stay on topic. You, like Japes below and flip, who I am responding to in my comment, have your own agendas and look for any occasion to proselytize. You disagree with my statement. Show me. PROVE me wrong. Such a tired sermon.

      As to the topic at hand:

      “Dogs are blameless, devoid of calculation, neither blessed nor cursed with human motives. They can’t really be held responsible for what they do.
      But we can.” ~ JON KATZ,m American journalist and author

      @ Japes Macfarland

      “I call Christianity the one great curse, the one enormous and innermost perversion, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are too venomous, too underhand, too underground and too petty — I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind.” ~ FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

  4. Sick of Abuse says:

    There is only one animal in the video, the one standing on two legs. Take the leash, wrap it around his neck and let him hang until his corpse rots to the point his head separates from his body.

    1. S'Lee says:

      ummmmmmmm.. So I guess you’re only sick of abuse when you don’t agree on the subject of the abuse?? Smh– so hypocritical. Sick of Abuse!! But Abuse the Abuser!!! I guess you’re just another product of the public school system.

      1. Dyler Turden says:

        Some people just need killin’.

      2. badman says:

        no, not abuse the abuser. KILL him. The whole city should be watching for this scmbag on the street. when he shows his face, rip him apart

        S’Lee, innocents deserve protection. Irv here is not innocent. he deserves torture and mayhem.

  5. Veggielvr says:

    F off loser!

  6. Crew Jobs says:

    None of you sheeple have a problem with hidden spy cameras in elevators though.

    1. Ron says:

      We wouldn’t need cameras if people like this had any morals. A person’s true character is defined by one’s actions when they think no one is looking. Sanchez was found lacking.

      1. Crew Jobs says:

        Sure Ron, all persons need to be kept under video and audio surveillance at all times … after all somebody, somewhere might kick a puppy.

    2. Dog Lover says:

      Look dummy…Public Elevator equals NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY…

    3. Ornlly Gumfudgen says:

      Baaah, Nope, not one bit. It’s a public elevator. Are ya honestly tellin me that ya didn’t thank thair would be a camera in these thangs? Besides, what sort of thangs da ya wanna do in an elevator that couldn’t be done in any public settin whair everyone could see what’s goin on? Now if it was inside a private residence or restroom ya might be on ta sumthang, but ya got no right ta privacy in a public place. Never did an hopefully never will. It’s stupid on th face of it.

      1. best friend is a pet says:

        I’m on to you pal. You write like an uneducated hick — I think you are a liberal trying to make common decency sound foolish.

        Yep. I’m on to you.

    4. Suzie Que says:

      Nope! What if your wife, sister or mother was raped and killed in an elevator?

    5. not crew jobs says:

      it is a security camera not a spy camera stay home with tin foil on your head if you dont like being in public

    6. Crime and Punishment says:

      AMEN ! and THANK YOU !

    7. PATSNYC says:

      They are called security cameras. NYC Law requires them because too many two legged animals use elevators to rob and murder people. A person would have to have lived on Mars for the past 40 years not to know there was a security camera in the elevator, especially being he was in a government housing project building. Nothing hidden or secret about that camera.

  7. Anne Bright says:

    What I would like to do to this SOB is illegal, but I can DREAM about it. He will probably get off with a fine or only a few days in the slammer. He will get another puppy to brutalize, and probably is involved in the fighting dog game. I can only hope that the poor dog gets a loving home OUTSIDE of the city, with carefully screened people.

    1. Crime and Punishment says:

      The fact that you have expressed a desire to do something makes you as guilty as he is of doing what everyone says he “Will likely do” to someone else.
      You deserve the same punishment.

      1. Tee says:

        Don’t be ridiculous! You can think any thoughts you want, no matter how terrible! ‘it’s not illegal! How could that possibly make this person deserving if the same punishment? How does that make this person guilty as the person who committed this crime? What are you talking about? Stupid comment.

      2. jbrutal says:

        “Crime and Punishment,” I’m thinking about ripping your throat out right now.

      3. Crime and Punishment says:

        My point exactly. You cannot condemn this man for what he MIGHT do… or what you think he is capable of.
        Over reacting to this crime, and it is a crime, is committing a crime in and of itself.
        In the eyes of humanity, you are no better than he.
        Because you are capable of thinking it through and STILL come to the same conclusion, you are even more guilty than he…
        I regret to inform you that you will, undoubtedly, be fixed in this state of life… Sorry, you can’t fix stupid.

  8. nell says:

    After reading posts here I am shocked that anyone would blame this on illegal aliens or our government! (That’s a whole other issue).

    I am a social worker and believe me THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SOME OTHER CULTURE!!! THIS IS LARGELY OUR OWN AMERICAN CULTURE!! We need to wake up to the fact that there are families,unfortunately, raising brutal children by their own example. Many are desensitized to cruelty. I’m in Iowa! I know how much worse this issue is in metropolitan areas. Unless WE OWN THIS PROBLEM we will never solve it! Stop blaming everyone else!

    The worst abusers often start with animals. This man also needs treatment but it could be way too late for it to make any difference!

    1. Htos1 says:

      Not my AMERICAN culture,a return to pre-1964 laws would do nicely.

      1. larson Roberts says:

        So Nell, what you are saying is this “problem” is the consquence of LBJ’s Great Society experiment come home to roost?

      2. fiestyirishfilly says:

        Htos – really? Really? “American” culture is defined by a time when women, minorities, the physically handicapped and mentally ill, all faced rampant discrimination? You must have slept for the past 47 years… America has changed and is much closer to allowing the liberty and equality our forefathers fought for well over two hundred years ago. Please… define YOUR “American Culture.” Our definitions are clearly vastly different. This is the country my Grandfather fought for in WWII, my father fought for in Vietnam… so that I could go to college, then to graduate school, and I could be treated equally and afforded opportunities no matter what my religion, race, or gender.

  9. NohopeNochange says:

    I have a full grown Cane Corso This POS can feel free to try this $hit with. I can asure you the outcome will not be enjoyable for good ol’ irving…

  10. Mike says:

    So because abortion is legal, it is ok to abuse other living things….I am glad you are on my side you freak! You really make our cause look legitimate.

    1. Stupidityiscontagious says:

      wow flip, you’re talking apples and oranges here. Basically, if I followed your thought process, it would be better for a mother to have a baby and abuse it then abort it. Yea, great argument…

  11. Jeffery says:

    What’s the problem? He didn’t kill the dog like an unborn human. Speaking of that, someone should video a puppy abortion. That should be acceptable to the folks.

    1. Rodin says:

      The PROBLEM is that people who care so much about life BEFORE birth care little or nothing about life AFTER birth, human or animal.

      1. Francesca says:

        That’s such an incredibly stupid thing to say, since it’s impossible for you to know those people who care about life before birth nor what they do for those after they are born.

    2. Tex says:

      You are an idiot. What the hell are you even talking about?

  12. Garflash says:

    You deal with inhumanity and suffering where you find it. Doesn’t matter if it’s against animals or small children. Failing to act is equally inhumane.

  13. Mike says:

    Euthanize this man immediately. What a disgraceful piece of human waste. The electric chair would be too good for this guy.

    1. Crime and Punishment says:

      Punishment not befitting his crime.
      That would/should make you guilty of a greater crime, and thus subject to the punishment you suggest for him.
      Don’t be a hazard.

  14. Ron in Illinois says:

    Sean, you make me sick. You are no better than the guy in the video. You.re both trash and it’s time for the garbage man to take you out.

  15. Gustavon says:


  16. Run2 Daylight says:

    I love one of the comments and agree with it. Rescue the puppy and “humanely euthanize” this POS so God can send him into the pit of hell where he belongs.

  17. Nell says:

    There is NO REASON FOR THIS KIND OF BRUTALITY UNLESS DEFENDING YOUR LIFE. The sentence should be just as brutal! If he’d do this to innocent animals what does he do to his family! !!

  18. rocky says:

    this pos deserves to be hung by his mexican balls. What does a 3rd world moron bring to a modern society? Absolutely nothing. Thanks Obama.

    1. Pat says:

      Although i think there is a problem with immigration that needs to be fixed simply assuming he is illegal based on his name simply makes you look stupid and uninformed about the make up of the United States. And being an avowed Conservative the immigration problem started long before Obama. Really get informed on the issues you really only make yourself look stupid.

  19. Jimmy James says:

    You give republicans a bad name. Yes I can tell you’re a republican you sad little man.

    1. Scott says:

      Doubtful. While the “property rights” concept immediately makes one think of Republicans, the key idea here is immoral and consequence-free behavior, which would make our writer a Democrat. Kind of like abortion…the “it’s my body” argument seems like a property rights argument, but only to support immoral, consequence-free behavior.

    2. Francesca says:

      Another stupid comment.

  20. kemosabe says:

    What??????????????? Are you sick in the head?No animal deserves that kind of treatment!!!! How would you like it if someone beat you like that for no reason at all, of course with your mentality you’d probably deserve it! People with that kind of thinking should never be allowed to have children, or be able to adopt ,or ever have pets! that’s why they call them pets stupid, your supposed to love them and treat them with the utmost kindness and affection not beat on and mistreat them. Get a life man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Guess Who says:

    Irving? LOL!

    Does he buy his spraypaint wholesale?

  22. Yeah Right says:

    Now let’s see, who is the real animal?

    1. Rodin says:

      ‘scuse me??? A “real animal” doesn’t act like this.

      “Humans – who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals – have an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and “animals” is essential as we are to bend them to our will, wear them, eat them – without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret.” ~ CARL SAGAN

  23. steve says:

    When is he going to be in court.

  24. Rowwdy says:

    Oh how I wish I could be the one to exact out his punishment. POS would pray for mercy.

  25. B. J. Kuykendall says:

    WILLFUL abuse of animals is just plain wrong. He is creating an animal that is likely to attack and kill your kids on sight! I wonder if your attitude would change if his dog had killed or maimed one of your children. What you would say about what to do with him then?

  26. Kind to animals says:


    1. Crime and Punishment says:

      YOU FIRST!
      Though I don’t condone his actions, it’s an animal.
      Get over yourself, or be prepared to be judged by the measure you use to judge.

  27. B. Jones says:

    I have a better punishment. Put him in Rikers dressed in a tutu.
    This in not training except for human ignorance.
    All that little dog wants is for someone to love him and to please his master. Look what he gets from humans. Think about him the next time you do not get what you want out of life. Dogs and cats have personalities and simple souls.

    1. perenoel says:

      dogs and cats do not have personalities they have character(s). Persons have personalities. The distortion of simple linguistics such as this is why abortion is permitted in this country (and the rest of the world for that matter e.g. Fetus – Latin, meaning BABY).

  28. Hank Warren says:

    Illegal aliens and their ‘culture’, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  29. Stella James says:

    You probably think women & children are property too. You’re a jerk, if it breaths and bleeds it’s alive and feels pain. Maybe someone should make you their property, There are plenty of prisons across the country with lonely inmates.

  30. Tom Walter says:

    Wow…..Surprised Again……Another ‘Brown’ Person. Probably Has A Little WeeWee, That’s How This POS Makes Up For It.

  31. Steve says:

    If you will treat a dog like this, then you will treat a human like this too. Cruelty knows no bounds! People like this should be barred from ever owning another animal. If caught with another animal the penalty should be SEVERE. Dogs are the only truly loyal friends we have.

    1. Jon Reb says:

      Useless Yankees.

      1. steve says:

        Jon Reb. This happens all over the country. Grow up

      2. Aaron says:

        Yeah OK Jon Reb. I’ve seen some of you supposed “southern gentleman” mistreat more animals than just one dog. You guys from the south aren’t necessarily known for animal kndness.

  32. Breeze says:

    Hurt people, hurt people ! And animals too. The punishment should be that he is ordered to go for psychological testing at his own expense, give up the animal for adoption, pay a fine to an organization who tries to prevent this type of treatment of animals. He is likely a frustrated unhappy man and sometimes people like that take it out on animals. That was hard to watch but it happens a lot I suspect that people take their anger and frustration out on pets.

  33. Kathy says:

    Just give me his dog so it can know unconditional love and care that is worthy of a dogs affection. As for the guy that did this NO more animals not even a gerbil. There should be a list like sex offenders they have to register so people can run a check on them and if found with an animal 5 years jail no questions asked!!!

    1. shane says:

      Kathy I ABSOLUTE agree. I would like to see legislation that will label persons an Animal Abuser and force stiffer penalties. Something has to be done. And as far a Republicans caring…..we care. We care enough to help people help themselves, which makes a person stronger, not useless and dependent.

  34. at least 1800 a day says:

    WOW…your comments are…interesting…
    what should happen to the people that abort their unborn babies out of convenience?

    1. Kathy says:

      NO more babies for them. mandatory spay. However make it reversible. When they want and can afford a baby they can pay for the reversal and have a baby. Until then no more unwanted births. problem solved.

      1. Scott says:

        So someone can murder a baby for convenience, have a change of heart, and then they are free and clear forever, but someone who abuses an animal is on a list for life and jailed for 5 years at a time? Wow. Your values are upside down. Do you value human life so little? I would think you’d want a harsher penalty than birth control (reversible, as you so charitably point out). You make me sick.

    2. Aaron says:

      This has not one thing to do with abortion. Damn Pro-lifers always trying to insert (shoehorn) their beliefs into every single discussion. Go cram your beliefs down someone elses throat.

  35. ryan patton says:

    OMG you incredibly stupid jerk. How dare you try and make excuses for this sorry POS. You too are clearly an animal abuser. This is animal training? On what planet?

    You are the idiot and should shut your fat stupid mouth.

  36. B. J. Kuykendall says:

    Clearly this puppy was in training to be a professional fighter. Perhaps it’s not too late to save the puppy, but it’s obviously too late to save the owner. Adopt the pet; euthanize the owner.

    1. steve says:

      HERE HERE>

      1. rocky says:

        agreed. “Euthanize Irving!” (tee-shirt in the works)

      2. whamprod says:

        Nahhhh….. Neuter him first and see if that takes. If it doesn’t, THEN euthanize him.

  37. Phil says:

    Moron, brutaliazation nis never the answer. If you are actually an animal professional you should find another line of work you jerk!!

  38. Steve says:


    YOU ARE AN IDIOT! I have trained hundreds of dogs and never like this. I think YOU need some of this same “training” yourself. Its morons like you that have given this breed a bad name.

  39. Jim says:

    so, bounce him off some walls, whip him with leases and kick him.

  40. Arturo says:

    Tough guy! Love to see him try that on a grown Pitbull!

  41. alex says:

    Let others see the footage and tell them to treat him the way he treated that dog. Let the punishment fit the crime from now on.

  42. pitlover says:

    Give me 5 mins in the room with a leash and a pinch collar with this dirt bag. I promise he will never ever do this again.

  43. daisey says:

    Tie a leash around his neck, put him in an elevator, throw him into the walls, kick him, beat him, and club him. Then send him to jail.

  44. anon says:

    Don’t you think you people are being a little hard on him? After all, he just came here to do the jobs Americans don’t want to do.

    1. Mike says:

      Does not matter where he works, He beat a living thing? You do that too poppy?

      1. Grape Ape says:

        Don’t you recognize sarcasm?

    2. larry says:

      No, he came here to do jobs Americans don’t HAVE to do, what with all the welfare, unemploymemt checks, food stamps, WIC etc………

    3. Dee says:

      You are despicable too… God help you should you receive the same treatment that defenseless little puppy received. perhaps you should??? then your sick sarcasm may be put to the test… Anon, you need help!!

  45. Leslie says:

    Once again people like this have no reason to exist. He needs to be put in the middle of the ocean at feeding time. That is all he is good for. Shark food. OMG I can’t stand people that cause harm and pain to something that can’t fight back.

    1. fsffg says:

      ya like abortion

      1. Dee says:

        Agree, abortion is brutalizing a being.. Love how some people make excuses for taking of a life…. no matter what term you use “terminate “.. abort etc… bottom line is you are ending a life period…

    2. S'Lee says:

      @ Leslie– kinda like this harmful comment that he can’t defend either?

      Get off your high horse people– you’re not perfect. But you are very skilled at pointing out others flaws huh?

  46. cginger26 says:

    An innocent puppy. Someone should do the same to this POS with a baseball bat and ask him how it feels.

  47. lynette says:

    Horrendous, the same actions should be taken to punish him

  48. James W Johnson says:

    One bullet to the head.From an illegal handgun;with the shooter eating twinkies with salt on them, and smoking a cigarettethem make emporor bloomberg watch that videa.

    1. whamprod says:

      There are no such things as “illegal” handguns. Only constitutional violations.

  49. Mark B says:

    Appropriate punishment: dragging him from side to side of the elevator by his neck, and hurling him into the elevator walls. stepping on Sanchez and kick him……
    see how likes it.

  50. B. Agostino says:

    Horrible ,I imagine he has hit Humans just like
    this. I hope animals have the ability to forget.

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