April 12, 2006 06:00 ET


Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2006) -
WHO: In honour of Brigadier, who was killed in the line of duty on February 24, 2006
WHAT: Presentation of the Animal Heroes Award by The Humane Society of Canada during the Mounted Unit's Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday 12th April 2006, 11:00 AM
WHERE: Toronto Police Mounted Unit, Horse Palace, CNE, Toronto, ON

APRIL 12/06, TORONTO -- On February 24, 2006, Brigadier, a Toronto Police Mounted Unit, while on duty was struck and killed by a motorist who then fled the scene of the accident.

"Created especially for The Humane Society of Canada, Constable Kevin Bradfield of the Toronto Mounted Unit will accept in Brigadier's honour, a beautiful pewter medal engraved with his name surrounded by a circle of animals and emblazoned with the legend: Animal Heroes. Representing the silver and blue colours of our charity's identity, and our mission, "protecting animals and the earth", each medal is individually hand cast by Canadian artist, Sarah Pelaic, and is adorned with a blue ribbon. Animal Heroes recognizes outstanding acts of courage and sacrifice by animals on behalf of other animals and people," explained Michael O'Sullivan, the charity's Executive Director. These coveted awards are not necessarily given out each year in all categories.

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

[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 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.

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 educational campaigns 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