VANCOUVER, NOVEMBER 23, 2000 -- The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is looking for justice after five horses were shot in St. Paul, Alberta last week, according to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “The horses were deliberately shot in the legs, and four of the five horses had to be put down. Whoever is responsible for such a brutal, calculated act is a public menace and need to be locked up,” said an angry Hickey.

The five horses, (named “Candys Copy Cat”, “Bardots Texas Dandy”, “Vandys Baldy Copy”, “Sugar Bear” and “Quincy Moon Shadow”), had been left out to graze when a person or persons, drove up the road and shot them all in the legs. “Quincy Moon Shadow” is the only horse to survive and is recovering well.

The owner of the horses, Mr. Nielsen, returned home to find his horses lying on the grass writhing in agony. “One of the hardest things to experience is seeing your horse come to you when it hears your voice and then falling down right in front of you,” said Mr. Nielsen.

The Humane Society of Canada is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting the horses. Shooting a horse is an indictable criminal offence, and if convicted a person could face a fine of up to $2,000 and up to five years in prison and be prohibited from owning or working with animals for up to two years.

“I’ve seen this kind of wanton cruelty over and over again, and I’m sick and tired of these cowards getting away with it,” said HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan. “Those responsible for this despicable act don’t deserve anyone’s sympathy, what they need to see is the inside of a jail cell.

O’Sullivan said there is a proven link between animal abuse and violence towards people. “Any person who could commit an act like this, is just one step away from harming a person next time,” he said.

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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