Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers (MRCS) launches a new animal cruelty prevention initiative to help stop animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect.  Animal cruelty is illegal throughout Virginia, including the MRCS-served communities of the City of Richmond, Henrico County, Hanover County, Goochland County, New Kent County, Caroline County, and Charles City County. Animal cruelty covers a range of crimes from neglect and abandonment to hoarding and dog fighting.

Through community partnerships and outreach, MRCS aims to educate residents about actions they can take to prevent and report animal cruelty. Research shows that persons who commit animal cruelty crimes are also likely to commit violent crimes against people.

Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers accepts tips related to any type of crime, including animal cruelty. Providing valuable information about suspected animal cruelty can save an animal’s life and, potentially, the lives of others in the community. Concerned citizens with information about suspected animal cruelty are urged to submit an anonymous tip through the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers tip program.