WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - All across the country animal cruelty is now considered a felony, and in Wichita Falls, those crimes towards animals are now reportable to Crime Stoppers. It all comes thanks to a partnership with the City of Wichita Falls and it begins, in January 2020.
“We're talking about dog fighting, dogs, cats, animals being tortured and abused,” Officer Brian Bohn, Crime Stoppers coordinator said.
Once the tip comes in, he said they are handled by animal services.
“They’ll let us know if it was a good tip or not," Officer Bohn said. “If it was a good tip then we are going to pay out rewards.”
That reward can be up to $500. It’s an anonymous way for everyone to let law enforcement know about animal abuse that could be going on.
“I think it gives an avenue for those people that are afraid to say something or don’t know where to start the process,” Amanda Pfeffer with animal services said. “It’s really going to help us here at animal services continue to stop animal cruelty.”
This decision from Crime Stoppers was made to protect those who can’t protect themselves.
“People can protect themselves, they can talk, our animals are only guilty of one thing and that’s loving us,” Dave Yonts, Crime Stoppers board member said.
Yonts hopes everyone will tip them off if they see any kind of abuse or cruelty happening to animals.
“Just because it’s not a felony crime do the right thing and pick up the phone and make a phone call. Save those animals,” Yonts said.
Crime stoppers is also asking for donations from the community and all the funds go to help pay for the rewards you can get if your tip leads to an arrest.
More information about Crime Stoppers can be found on their website.
You can give them a call anytime at (940) 322-9888 or (800) 322-9888 or you can make a report on their app called P3 Tips.
As a reminder, you can always remain anonymous when making a call.