TORONTO, MAY 24 1999 - Following the release of the findings of a coroner's inquest into the death of an Ontario girl, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) has offered $ 1 million for a nationwide campaign to prevent dog bites. In April of last year, eight year old Courtney Trempe was playing in a neighbour's backyard, north of Toronto, when she was attacked and killed by the neighbour's five year old male Bull Mastiff. The dog was subsequently destroyed. "I want to express my deepest sympathy to all those involved in the tragic death of Courtney Trempe, most particularly to the Trempe family," said HSC Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.

 

 

O'Sullivan who gave evidence as an expert witness during the coroner's inquest said: "As a parent with two small children of my own, I am deeply concerned over cases like this." He said that the idea of `street proofing' our children, protecting them from the hazards of traffic, from talking to strangers and taking drugs are all a part of living in today's society. In a like minded fashion, we need to teach our children and others that they should know how to recognize and avoid when dogs are going to attack.

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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