May 31, 2006 15:55 ET

HSC Offers Reward in Dog Poisoning Case

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is concerned about two dogs who were poisoned recently in the East End of Toronto and is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for committing these cruel acts.

"While outside in their owner's fenced-in yard last month, two Dalmatians were fed food laced with antifreeze which contains the highly toxic substance ethylene glycol," states Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.

The Humane Society of Canada is not only concerned with these cases of poisoning, but also with the numerous poisonings of dogs that have occurred in Ontario during the last few months.

"No circumstance warrants brutally killing dogs with poison," says Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. "Leaving poison for dogs is not only dangerous for the intended victims, but also for unintended potential victims including young children and wildlife," states an angry O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan, whose family shares their home with dogs and cats, wants to remind people that for everyone's sake they need to keep their pets under strict supervision at all times. "Our four legged friends depend on us for their well being and that includes protecting them from those who would do them harm," he said.

Any owner who suspects their pet has been poisoned should contact their veterinarian immediately.

"Cruelty to animals is a criminal offence," says O'Sullivan. "Offenders face maximum penalties which include fines of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail and up to six months in jail, a criminal record and be prohibited from owner or working with animals for up to two years."

The Humane Society of Canada is asking for the public's help in dealing with those who commit such horrendous crimes. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Toronto Police 55 Division at 416-808-5500 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

"The Humane Society of Canada regularly educates and alerts people about the dangers that ethylene glycol, present in antifreeze and other substances, poses to pets and wildlife," states O'Sullivan. "While poisoning from antifreeze often occurs in colder weather, The Humane Society of Canada wants to remind people that animals are susceptible to ethylene glycol poisoning in warmer weather due to cooling-system leaks in vehicles and improperly stored products containing ethylene glycol."

"By adding a bittering agent to products containing ethylene glycol, reportedly at a cost of only pennies per gallon, thousands of lives will be saved every year and an incredible amount of pain and suffering will be averted," states O'Sullivan.

Simple Ways to Protect Animals from Ethylene Glycol

1. One of the simplest ways to prevent animals from ingesting ethylene glycol is to ensure that you store products containing this toxic substance safely and where they are inaccessible to animals and children. Ethylene glycol that is spilt must be thoroughly and immediately cleaned up.
2. Try using less toxic products including those containing propylene glycol. If you are considering using these products in your vehicle, ensure that they will not void your vehicle's warranty.
3. Contact car manufacturers and encourage them to use propylene glycol or bittering agents in products containing ethylene glycol.

CONTACT: Al Hickey or Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has 6 grandchildren.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 95 countries during the last 35 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. They carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, fund non-invasive scientific research, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

A registered charity, The Humane Society of Canada depends entirely on donations to support our programs to help animals and the environment. All donations are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. If you would like to support our campaign to protect animals and the earth, please make a donation here. Because when it comes to fighting cruelty, we don't give up. Ever.
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Contact Information

  • Michael O'Sullivan, Executive Director, The Humane Society of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-368-0405
    Secondary Phone: 416-876-9685
    Toll-Free: 800-641-5463