Dogfighting Tip Line Launches in Los Angeles

A 24-hour tip line will be available for people to report an individual or an upcoming dogfight.

Posted: November 18, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday launched a 24-hour tip line for local residents to report dogfighting.

Those who call the tip line (877-NO2-FITE) and provide information about a dogfighting ring, an upcoming dogfight or an individual who is involved in dogfighting will be able to collect up to $5,000 if the information leads to the arrest or conviction of individuals involved.

However, if a fight is in progress, 911 should be called immediately, District Attorney Steve Cooley said at the morning press conference.

“Our goal is to encourage citizens to help law enforcement root out a brutal crime that often goes unreported and occurs in the shadows,” Cooley said.

Calls will be answered by a person 24 hours a day and the tip line will be available in both English and Spanish.

Residents who call can remain anonymous and still collect up to $5,000 if the information leads to arrests or convictions for dogfighting.

The Humane Society of the United States, which is funding the reward program, estimates that dogfighting is widespread in Los Angeles County. Specific numbers for the county were not available. In the United States, the HSUS estimates that 40,000 people follow organized dogfighting circuits.

Dogfighting is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of three years in state prison, according to the Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Office. Being present at a fight or while preparations are being made for a dogfight is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to six months in jail.

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monica   fortson, GA

11/21/2009 6:02:47 AM

people who did that to a dog should be arested because animals have feeelings just like we do so anyone who mistreates a feeling animals they should get the punnishment. because i have had so many dogs in my life and i cry when someone beets and herts that or any animal in this world.

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agnes Salamone   chicago, IL

11/19/2009 8:15:48 AM

I hate the idea of dog fights. There has to be something we can do to stop this. I think they could if they wanted to,some higher people are involved and are making money. Breeders should be registered on the litters they produce.,and WHO they sell to.

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sk   nh, CT

11/18/2009 11:23:46 PM

interesting

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

11/18/2009 11:14:36 PM

Good idea.

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