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November 18, 2009

Los Angeles' Dogfighting Tip Line

Partnership led to 1-877-NO2FITE

The Humane Society of the United States

  • The HSUS' Jennifer Fearing spearheaded the partnership. Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

In a ground-breaking effort against dogfighting, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has partnered with The HSUS to launch a 24-hour tip line dedicated to eradicating dogfighting.

1-877-NO2FITE

Callers to 1-877-NO2FITE may be paid up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved in dogfighting. Callers may remain anonymous and still remain eligible for the reward.

Call 24/7

Persons with information about a dogfighting ring, an upcoming dogfight or an individual who is involved in dogfighting can call the tip line (available in both Spanish and English) 24 hours a day, and the information will be passed on to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation.

If someone is aware of a fight in progress, he or she should call 911 immediately.

"Our goal is to encourage citizens to help law enforcement root out a brutal crime that often goes unreported and occurs in the shadows," District Attorney Cooley said. "We expect that these tips will be a starting point for major criminal investigations."

The HSUS is funding the animal fighting reward fund, and is partially funding the tip line.

Facts about dogfighting

  • Organized dogfighting or street dogfighting is a felony in California, with a 3-year potential prison sentence.
  • Being present at a dogfight or while preparations are being made for a dogfight is a misdemeanor in California, with a potential 6-month jail sentence.
  • An estimated 40,000 organized dogfighters exist in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 250,000 dogs each year.
  • Tips on dogfighting often lead to other crimes like drug dealing and weapons possession.
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