November 14, 2001, TORONTO - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $2,500 reward for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for killing and decapitating "Sunday", a 3-year-old, female, Pinto pony near Arden, Ontario.


Just three short years ago, the Matson Family watched the miracle of their young foal’s birth. And just last week buried her on their property after she was brutally killed and mutilated.


Ontario Provincial Police suspect that a poacher mistook "Sunday" for a deer and decapitated the pet’s head and took it away so that the type of ammunition and gun could not be identified. This cruel act occurred the night of November 8th or in the early morning hours of November 9th.

"Whether those responsible are cruel, stupid or dysfunctional, they belong behind bars," said an angry Michael O’Sullivan, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Canada. "I’m fed up with listening to excuses about people who wander around armed and dangerous," he said.

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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