HSC is looking for justice after a man wearing hunting fatigues opened fire with a high powered rifle seriously wounding a pet donkey. "Jacko", a ten-year-old donkey had been grazing peacefully on its own property when a neighbour saw a truck pull up by the side of the road. The man then extended the barrel of the rifle out of the truck window. Placing her own life at risk, she ran out of her house telling the man not to shoot. But he ignored her and fired anyway. The bullet entered the animal's hindquarters and came out near his spine.

After receiving emergency veterinary treatment, "Jacko" is slowly recovering from his wound. "Jacko" who is now being cared for by Mrs. Bev Dalton, originally belonged to her husband who died in a car accident eight years ago.

"The poor animal wasn't harming anyone. I cannot imagine someone committing a more cowardly, gutless act," said Humane Society of Canada Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.

"Any person who would shoot a harmless animal like this is a public menace. We ought to lock them up and throw away the key. We want the person responsible for this horrific act of cruelty brought to justice," said O'Sullivan. The Humane Society of Canada is offering a $ 2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting "Jacko".

He certainly doesn't expect much help from the Ontario Government. "Their contribution to solving problems like this is to put guns in the hands of twelve year old boys," he said, referring to legislation passed earlier this fall without any public consultation. "What a pathetic excuse for people who are supposed to be serving the public interest. Public support for politicians is at an all time low. Small wonder," he concluded.

"I've seen this kind of cruelty over and over again, and am sick and tired of people getting away with it," said O'Sullivan.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, a person convicted of cruelty to animals can receive a fine of up to $ 2,000 and a prison term of up to six months. The person can also be prohibited from owning or working with animals for up to two years.