Should a person see any form of cruelty happening, if at all possible, take pictures or video, note the location, and try to identify the person(s) involved. Many people send photos, but have no key information, location, or can identify the person in the photo or video. The reason why most people that abuse animals aren’t caught is due to lack of evidence to prove the abuse/neglect,  as well as a person who has witnessed the cruelty, to step forward in a court of law. Witnesses are needed to speak up and be the animals voice.

  • In Chicago, call 911 whenever dog fighting is seen or 311 if it is suspected.
  • Other municipalities, contact your local police department. Reports can be made anonymously.
  • In Cook County, Illinois, you may call the Cook County Crime Stoppers Hotline (1-800-535-STOP) or Cook County Sheriff, If it is an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, you can call the Cook County Special Operations Unit at 708-865-4720 during business hours or the 24 hour patrol desk at 708-865-4790
  • In Cook County if you have information about dog-fighting. Reporting tips about dog fighting can make you eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. All reports are anonymous.
  • The Anti-Cruelty Society, Responds to Chicago and Metropolitan Area, Please call them at  (312) 644-8338 ext. 304 or send an e-mail to