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Toronto police unveil Paw Tipster hotline

The OSPCA is searching for an injured dog seen on Toronto's streets. CITYNEWS.

Toronto police unveiled a new program Monday to anonymously report tips of animal abuse.

The partnership between Toronto Crime Stoppers and Paw Tipsters saw the creation of a hotline to report anonymous tips about animal cruelty. All calls will “be treated with the same policies used with reports made to Toronto Crime Stoppers,” police said in a statement.

Paw Tipsters is a Winnipeg-based non-profit organization.

“This partnership sheds light on the fact that animal abuse and cruelty is a serious crime and will be investigated. We have had many people from Toronto and the surrounding area request to bring the Paw Tipsters program there, so this is where we will begin our national expansion,” said Yvonne Russell, president of Paw Tipsters.

The announcement from police and Paw Tipsters was made Monday morning.

According to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there are roughly 16,000 animal cruelty complaints each year across the province.