Niverville man plans pet walk


Odie and Belle (both rescue pups) are all dressed up in purple and ready to participate in a fundraising walk taking place August 24 in support of Paw Tipsters. 

By Marianne Curtis

Pet lovers and those opposed to animal abuse of any kind are invited to participate in a fundraising walk in support of the newly launched PawsTip line.

In support of this cause Barry Piasta, organizer of the Niverville Dog Adoption Fair and known rescue advocate is inviting everyone to participate in a fundraising walk to the Legislature.

On July 19, Crime Stoppers and the Winnipeg Police partnered with Paw Tipsters a non-profit service geared to combat animal cruelty. Paw Tipsters wants to shut the door on puppy mills and dog fighting, along with incidents of animal cruelty. The non profit organization will rely on fundraising and donations to keep in operation.

“In the past weeks there has been a rash of dogs and cats that have been in the news that have been abused,” stated Piasta. “First there was the puppy thrown out in the dumpster; then there was the puppy thrown from a moving car; the kitten beaten with a bat and finally the Pomeranian beaten and it’s back broke with a hockey stick.”

“This has sickened me,” Piasta added. He hopes the walk will also raise awareness about animal abuse and cruelty. “This has got to stop.”

The walk will take place on August 24 at 5PM starting at the Forks and finishing on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature. The group will collect donations from people along the walk. Taking place along the River Walk, participants are encouraged to bring their dogs and either wear a purple ribbon on their pet or carry a purple hockey stick in honour of the Ste. Anne incident.

Funds raised from this event will go to support Paw Tipsters. The non-profit group is offering cash rewards to tips phoned into CrimeStoppers that lead to arrests or animal seizures.

Anyone wishing to participate or wants more information can call Barry at 510-4299.

Crimestoppers launches pet abuse tip-line

By Marianne Curtis

Several recent incidents of animal cruelty including the senseless beating of a Pomeranian in Ste. Anne have led to a unique partnership between police and Crimestoppers.

On July 19, Crime Stoppers and the Winnipeg Police announced a partnership that is expected to help Paw Tipsters, non-profit service geared to combat animal cruelty.

Paw Tipsters wants to shut the door on puppy mills and dog fighting, along with incidents of animal cruelty.

Yvonne Russell started Paw Tipsters as a non-profit organization that offers cash for tips on animal abuse after finding a starving and abused black lab on the street and giving it a home. She now hopes the partnership with Crime Stoppers will grow the program.

“This effort would not be possible without the support and enthusiasm of Winnipeg Crime Stoppers,” said Russell. “We are very excited to be able to provide a new tool in order to deter and prevent animal abuse and cruelty.”

Tips that lead to arrests or animal seizures are eligible for up to $2,000 reward under the partnership that became active July 19.

Paw Tipsters and police believe this the first time in Canada an organization targeting animal cruelty has teamed up with Crime Stoppers and offered rewards for tips.

Anyone with information on animal cruelty or any unsolved crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477) or text text TIP170 plus a message to CRIMES (274637) . Cash rewards will be based on the outcome of investigations.

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