VANCOUVER, APRIL 15/2001 – “Spring rains, combined with melting snow, are turning creeks and rivers into raging torrents of water” warns Al Hickey, Western Regional Director of The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). “Dogs, cats and other pets must be kept away from these dangerous water ways” he explains.

 

“Ice on ponds and lakes must also be avoided since pets can easily break through and drown, ” according to HSC Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan, who owns three dogs and two cats.

 

Dogs often swim or jump into water at familiar locations. We have to protect our canine friends as they may not be aware that the water temperatures are near freezing and they might not realize that the water is deeper and faster at this time of year placing them at risk.

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280

[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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