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."