EL PASO COUNTY — Animal law enforcement in Southern Colorado now has new resources to better combat animal cruelty in the Pikes Peak Region. There is a new partnership with Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers.
"We take great pains to protect our tipsters," said Crime Stoppers Chairman, Don Addy. Crime Stoppers in a way for people to report crimes and remain anonymous.
Animals are unable to speak for themselves when they are the target of animal cruelty. "It is always a challenge,” said Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, President and CEO, Duane Adams, “We have a dedicated team that's willing to get out there and do whatever is necessary to alleviate the suffering of an animal." He says for each animal cruelty case there are many more not reported.
Six months ago a little dog named Cooper is doing better because someone reported possible abuse. He had multiple injuries, including blindness, likely caused by cruel mistreatment, since then treatment has helped restore Cooper's eyesight.
Duane Adams, the president and CEO of the Pikes Peak Humane Society said for each animal cruelty case there are many that go unreported.
Animal Enforcement officers tell News 5 they often show up on cases with one report and then learn of multiple other instances of suspected cruelty, and there's often a connection to other crimes.
Witnesses often do have concern for the animal, but also worry about what will happen if the person they report finds out they'd called law enforcement. There's now an option to report anonymously through the Crime Stoppers TIPS phone number.
The Crime Stoppers number is 719-634-STOP (7867)