November 26, 2003, TORONTO – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for throwing a kitten from a speeding car into oncoming traffic. Witnesses say this horrific crime took place yesterday afternoon in the eastbound express lanes of Highway 401 at Dixie Road. The kitten survived hitting the road but was killed when a car struck the helpless animal.

“We’re asking anyone who witnessed this violent, despicable act to step forward with information that may help bring these dangerous people to justice,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “Anyone who doesn’t want to get involved believing that the animal ‘was just a cat’ should think again,” says an angry Hickey. “Cruelty to animals leads to violence against people.”


HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan agrees that crimes involving animals must be taken very seriously. “The FBI considers cruelty to animals one of three primary indicators of criminal potential,” states O’Sullivan. “There is a relationship between animal abuse and other crimes including child abuse, wife beating and murder. Whoever these cowards are that committed this brutal act against this innocent kitten, they need to be caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.


Witnesses to this crime are asked to contact Senior Constable Hackett at the OPP Port Credit detachment, 905-278-6131 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-5463.

O'Sullivan also remembers when he and his wife, Lise were on their their honeymoon and rescued a frightened tabby kitten who had been thrown from a passing car. Eighteen years later, "Ashe" is still going strong and is a beloved member of their family.

Anyone who would like to donate to The Humane Society of Canada’s Victims of Cruelty Reward Program to help solve crimes against animals and nature can contact the organization at 1-800-641-5463 or through their website at

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at via twitter at and on Facebook 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 was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

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