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Mobile app lets you report animal abuse with click of a button

Mobile app lets you report animal abuse with click of a button

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish

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KING5.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 9:41 PM

A new app from the Animal Legal Defense Fund makes it easy for you to report animal abuse and neglect.

ALDF Crime Tips for iPhone and Android is a first-of-its-kind app designed to help you help animals by immediately alerting local law enforcement when animals are in need of help.

"ALDF Crime Tips takes the guesswork out of reporting abuse like dog fighting, neglect, and other forms of animal cruelty," ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a press release. "This discreet, effective way to help animals lets concerned citizens take action on the spot, with the confidence that their tips will get to authorities who can help animals and put abusers behind bars."

The free app, developed by CrimePush, allows you send a package of information, including the location and description of the incident, along with a photo, video and audio.

Lisa Franzetta of ALDF says this makes easy for people to take action.

“In one or two minutes they’ve tipped off the authorities to a case of abuse or neglect,” she says.

Because Washington is not yet online with ALDF Crime Tipes, your tip goes to a call center staffed with people who will quickly locate the appropriate local authorities and forward the tips to the correct law enforcement agency.

"You’re not just contacting police, you can attach a photo," Lisa said. "When police see evidence right in front of them… it’s probably a lot easier for them to take action."

Get the app for iPhone or Android.

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