Thursday, January 1, 2009

Florida creates hotline to report animals used for fighting

Seen any evidence of animal's being used for fighting? Then you should call 1-877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787).

The folks over at the Orlando Sentinel's Animal Crazy blog posted an item about Florida's new animal fighting tip hotline. The hotline was created in Georgia after the Michael Vick dogfighting case, and since its implementation there, it has led to over 1,000 calls, seven raids and 11 arrests, according to a press release by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. The toll-free tip line allows anonymous calls and is being run by the Humane Society of the United States and an Atlanta-based security firm. If a caller's tip leads to the arrest and prosecution of an animal fighter, the caller is eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

In the press release, AG McCollum recognizes the links between animal fighting and other types of crime:
"Animal fighting is a cruel and criminal behavior often associated with gang activity and other violence," said Attorney General McCollum. "Now Floridians will have an easy, anonymous way to help make their neighborhoods safer and perhaps receive a substantial reward for their efforts."


Brittany said...

i walk to nd from school nd wen i do theres this boxer i think nd i never see any food or water and the dog is always out in the hot sun what should i do

thinkingaboutit said...

I have called the police twice, I also called the Human society twice, while I heard what I'm thinking was a dog fight. the answer machine must be getting paid very well!! I think the problem is now spreader out on one entire street of the neighborhood!!
should I contact PETA?

kirk44special said...

Could someone please help me? I went to an exotic pet store today and asked to see a sugar glider. The manager informed me that they had one in the back, it was however missing a leg. Nevertheless, I asked to see it. I walked to the back with an employee and he opened a cage and pulled out a very small cardboard box. Then he took an extremely dirty rag out of the box and showed me the sugarglider curled up in the bottom. I know that these animals are extremely co-dependent and this seemingly ignorant person informed me that they never take it out because they don't have time. I was completely appalled and I'm hoping that you can help me. Is this against the law and how can I report this abuse so that it will no longer occur?