Humane Society To Enforce Animal Fighting Info Reward

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The Humane Society of the United States has teamed up with various Minnesota law enforcement agencies to combat cockfighting and dogfighting. At a press conference held today at the state Capitol, representatives from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Minnesota Sheriffs' Association, Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association and Minnesota Animal Control Association joined to announce that The Humane Society of the United States is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person(s) involved in illegal animal fighting.

"Cockfighting and dogfighting are horribly cruel blood sports that hurt not only the animals involved, but the communities in which they exist," said Jill Fritz, Minnesota state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

Cockfighting and dogfighting are felonies in Minnesota, punishable by imprisonment of at least one year and one day.

Animal fighting "contests" are abhorrent spectacles in which animals are pitted in bloody duels - often to the death - for human entertainment. These cruel and illicit encounters are spawning grounds for other criminal activities, including drugs and violence, dragging down entire communities. Credible studies have shown and law enforcement experts agree that people who engage in this kind of violence against animals are likely to do so against people.

This Animal Fighting reward program has been made possible thanks to a grant by the Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation.

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Animal Fighting Reward Program Instructions

If you have information about illegal animal fighting in Minnesota, call your local law enforcement or animal control agency. If you wish to remain anonymous, let the agent whom you give your tip to know that you do not want your identity released to the public, but are interested in The Humane Society of the United States' reward. Make sure to note the officer's name.

If the suspected animal fighter is convicted, ask the law enforcement agency involved in the case to write a letter to The Humane Society of the United States.

The letter should state that your tip helped lead to the arrest and prosecution of the convicted animal fighter and should be mailed or faxed to:

Animal Fighting Reward Program
C/O Ann Chynoweth
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
FAX: 301-721-6414

For more information about The Humane Society of the United States' animal fighting reward program, call 301-258-1459 (English).

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