Who to call if you suspect dog fighting

September 24, 2009 2:51:32 PM PDT
Several groups offer residents who suspect dog fighting help- and money- in contacting officials. If you suspect someone of being involved in dog fighting, call:
  • Cook County Sheriff's Police at (708) 865-4720
  • Humane Society National Animal Fighting Tip Line 877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787)
  • The Humane Society's National Animal Fighting Tip Line offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dog fighting or cock fighting.

    Tips should be called in to (877) TIP-HSUS, 847-4787.

    About Dogfighting

  • 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.
  • (Information provided by HSUS)


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