July 14, 2009
The HSUS Launches National Animal Fighting Tip Line
Up to $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of an animal fighter
Following the nation's largest dogfighting raid, The Humane Society of the United States has launched a national animal fighting tip line. Those who have information about persons involved in illegal animal fighting — such as dogfighting and cockfighting — are encouraged to call 877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787). The HSUS offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dogfighting or cockfighting.
"Animal fighting is a cruel, criminal activity, and we plan to root it out in every dark corner where it festers," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "We encourage anyone with information about animal fighting crimes to call this tip line to help us put violators in jail and to put a stop to cruelty."
Last week, The HSUS assisted federal, state and local authorities in the largest single series of raids multiple dogfighting operations in the history of the United States. More than 400 confiscated dogs will soon be evaluated to determine whether they are suitable candidates for placement with rescue groups or permanent adoption. The HSUS' animal fighting reward program has been made possible thanks to a grant by the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation.
Animal fighting B-roll and high-resolution images are available at video.hsus.org.
- Organized dogfighting is illegal everywhere in the United States and is a felony in all 50 states. To see a ranking of dogfighting laws state by state, visit humanesociety.org.
- Dogfighting is a criminal industry; more than 250,000 dogs are made to suffer in dogfighting pits each year.
- The HSUS estimates that 40,000 people follow organized dogfighting circuits across the United States. The HSUS also estimates that an additional 100,000 street dogfighters meet on neighborhood streets, alleys and hideaways.
- A Chicago Police Department study showed that 65 percent of people charged with animal abuse crimes — including dogfighting — were also charged with violent crimes against people.
- The HSUS is the only animal protection organization with an entire campaign dedicated exclusively to eradicating animal fighting.
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