Michael Vick paid a price for his participation in dog fights. His commitment to spare future dogs pain or injury was further displayed by his appearance before Congress, with the president and chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle. His message was to back legislation penalizing persons who knowingly attend dog fights and allow children to attend. While Congress has yet to strengthening laws against animal fights, numerous Colorado animal welfare groups announced on July 19, 2011 they partnered with Crime Stoppers to bring awareness and prosecution to animal cruelty.
Many dogs throughout the Denver area now have multiple sources providing a means to better protect their lives, safety and health. The animal welfare groups now working with Crime Stoppers include:
- Dumb Friends League
- Colorado Humane Society
- Boulder Police Department
- Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region
- Larimer Humane Society
- Lakewood Animal Control
- Mesa County Animal Services
- Rifle Police Department
- Westminister Police Department
- Wheat Ridge Police Department
Tips from the public to law enforcement or animal welfare agency are a key resource for an investigation into dangerous or threatening activities such as dog fighting or acts of cruelty, abandonment, abuse or neglect. The horrific life Patrick was faced to endure may have ended earlier if a partnership with an organization similar to Crime Stoppers had been available in his area.
Tips can be reported via phone or text to Crime Stoppers:
Phone: (720) 913-STOP (7867)
Text: 274637 (CRIMES), then title DMCS and enter the message
Tips may be reported anonymously. Too often, people are reluctant to report a situation they witness because they fear there may be retaliation against them and their family. This new program provides the protection they may require to encourage them to report animal abuse. Calls are received at Crime Stoppers through a secure online system that protects a caller’s identity. Crime Stoppers then routes the message to the appropriate agency for action.
If the tip results in a summons or an arrest, the person reporting the tip may receive a reward up to $2,000. To further assure anonymity for the person providing the tip, rewards are paid through a third party. Funding for the rewards comes from a private donor.
It should be mentioned that any resident in the eight-county metro-Denver area may also report animal cruelty directly to the Dumb Friends League at (303) 923-00022 or ddfl.org.
Dogs, as well as any animal, should be protected against neglect and abuse. This new partnership protects the animals and the people that share their lives within the areas served by these partners.