Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

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FLORIDA INCLUDED IN ANIMAL FIGHTING HOTLINE

A hotline to report animal fights has been established in Florida with rewards given for information.

Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Monday that Floridians can now report animal fighting and be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 by calling (877) 847-4787 (TIP-HSUS).

The toll-free tip line was first established in Georgia by The Humane Society of the United States and Atlanta-based corporate security firm Norred & Associates Inc. It began after the case against former NFL player Michael Vick, who is serving 23 months in prison in Leavenworth, Kan., for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy. He is scheduled to be released from federal custody in July.

Because of its success, and with the support of Florida's attorney general, the tip line has been expanded to help combat dogfighting and cockfighting in Florida.

People who call may remain anonymous.

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