Topeka’s ‘Cruelty Stoppers’ has a new tool to fight animal abuse

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – Law enforcement will have a new tool to stop animal abuse when it happens.

The Northeast Kansas Animal Welfare Foundation announced the establishment of a new fund, The Cruelty Stoppers, that can be used for cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of people who abuse animals.

The fund’s purpose is to “ensure that justice is always served on behalf of the abused, abandoned, and mistreated animals.”

“Intentional cruelty towards animals often leads to violent crimes against people.”

The Northeast Kansas Animal Welfare Foundation

While most cases of abuse go unreported the Northeast Kansas Animal Welfare Foundation hopes to partner with law enforcement and other groups to only raise awareness but prevent cruelty to animals.

“We spend a lot of time doing welfare checks on animals, which we actually love to do, it’s the one call we don’t get that’s going to be the bad call,” said Sabrina Bowden, animal control office in Shawnee County. “So even if we get 20 calls and they’re all perfectly fine, we’d rather get those calls than not get those calls, so that we can make sure all the animals are being taken care of properly.”

The nonprofit organization is based in Topeka.

“We are going to assist the animals that need us, and we know they’re out there,” said Bill Acree, the group’s president.

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