- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Abused animals can get help now via a new initiative launched by the NYPD and the ASPCA.

The two entities say New Yorkers can report animal abuse by calling the NYPD’s CrimeStoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says “violence has no place in our city, whether it’s committed against a person or an animal.” Callers will be offered rewards of $2,500 for tips that lead to arrests for animal cruelty.

Animal abuse arrests rose 28 percent during the first six months of 2015.

The ASPCA says there was a 115 percent increase in animals receiving treatment during the first six months of 2014.

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