December 20, 2006 11:43 ET

Dog Shooter: Reward Offered by the Humane Society of Canada (HSC)

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 20, 2006) - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward though its Victims of Cruelty program for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for shooting a family pet in North York.

On the evening of December 17th, "Prince", a male Weimaraner was shot six times in the head and chest with a pellet gun, while he was in his family's backyard.

"Thankfully, Prince did not die from his wounds but whoever is responsible for this act of cruelty made sure that this terrified animal would suffer," says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.

HSC Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan is hoping that someone with information about this crime will step forward and contact authorities.

"Through our Victims of Cruelty program we are offering a $1,000 reward for information that results in the conviction of those who committed this brutal cowardly act," says O'Sullivan. "The world is full of violence. Whoever committed this brutal act towards 'man's' best friend' needs to be found, prosecuted and thrown in jail." In the past, The Humane Society of Canada's reward program has tracked down other animal abusers and seen them brought to justice.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting of Prince in North York is asked to contact 31 Division at 416-808-3102, 416-222-TIPS or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

Those convicted of cruelty to animals can face up to six months imprisonment, a $2,000 fine, receive a criminal record and can be prohibited from working with or owning animals for up to two years.

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 90 countries during the last 35 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society of Canada 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 scientific research, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

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 Victims of Cruelty program please make a donation
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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