Many times our courts do not see fit to severely punish the crime of animal cruelty. Even worse, many such criminals are never caught at all. RedRover wants to change that.
In 1994, a Rottweiler mix Zig Zag was minding his own business in south-central Los Angeles when five young teens approached him, tied him up and tortured him mercilessly. Three of the perpetrators were caught and went to trial; one had a hung jury, another's juvenile sentence was not disclosed and the last was sentenced to three years in prison to run concurrently with a three-year robbery sentence.
This case of injustice inspired RedRover to establish a Financial Incentive Reward program to focus community attention on animal cruelty crimes and encourage witnesses of animal cruelty to notify authorities.
If an arrest and conviction is obtained, the informant will receive the reward, which can be up to $5,000.
How you can helpIf you hear of an unsolved recent animal cruelty case, contact us at email@example.com or (916) 429-2457. Be ready to supply the following information:
- A brief description of the cruelty, including the date it occurred.
- A police contact or the detective working on the case with his/her telephone number.
- The county prosecutor's name, address and telephone number.
- A local media contact if you have one, especially if they have covered the story.
- Your name, address and telephone number.
If the abuser is arrested and convicted, we will pay the informant the amount posted for the Zig Zag Memorial Reward Fund (up to $5,000).