Naperville Crime Stoppers Now Fields Tips About Animal Abuse, Neglect

Nancy Harty
March 04, 2019 - 6:21 pm

NAPERVILLE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A western suburb is expanding its anonymous tip line to include crimes against animals.

Naperville Crime Stoppers decided in August 2018 to offer rewards to people who give tips about possible crimes against animals.

Board Member Mary Browning said studies show that for every abuse or neglect call that officers go on, they find other crimes 70 percent of the time.

Residents who witness animal abuse such as dog fighting, emaciated animals or those left outside in extreme weather can call Crime Stoppers at (630) 420-6006. 

Browning said the tip line is not for nuisance issues like barking or dogs going to the bathroom in your yard. 

Callers will get a tip number that they can use to check if their tips lead to an arrest.

If so, they are eligible for a $1,000 reward. 

There are about 4,300 dogs or cats registered with the city of Naperville, according to licensing records from 2015 through last month.