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Reward up to $5,000 for dogfighting tips prompted by Englewood raid
Reward needed to find secretive crime, Dart says

Thursday, December 04, 2008
Chicago Tribune
by Monique Garcia

Law enforcement authorities on Wednesday announced a new reward program that would give up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in illegal dogfighting.

The incentive comes a few weeks after a tipster provided information that allowed Cook County sheriff's police to raid a dogfight under way in a crowded Englewood basement.

Three people face felony charges in connection with the bloody fight and another 50 observers face misdemeanor charges.

The reward program, which would be funded by the Humane Society of the United States, is aimed at getting informants inside the highly guarded world of dog fighting to open up.

"The only way to go after this is through monetary rewards," Sheriff Tom Dart said.

"All of our information comes via tips. Dogfighting is incredibly secretive, they operate in a whole different world than you would imagine. It's very hard to get the information, it's very hard to penetrate their operations. Money talks though, this money will talk."

Rewards also will be offered for information on illegal cockfighting. Those with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-535-7867.

Callers can choose to remain anonymous and are issued an identification number to claim rewards.

mcgarcia@tribune.com



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