July 18, 2011, VANCOUVER – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is hoping that a $1,000 reward being offered through their Victims of Cruelty Program will help to bring to justice the person responsible for killing twenty rabbits at the Ears Sanctuary in Coombs, BC on June 14th, 2011. The reward is for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for killing these rabbits.
“The person who needlessly killed these animals needs to be brought to justice and punished to the fullest extent of the law,” according to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director
Besides the sheer cruelty of the act, The Humane Society of Canada believes that society should be concerned because there is a correlation between animal cruelty and violence against people.
Anyone with information pertaining to the stomping of these animals is asked to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).
The HSC Chairman & CEO Michael O’Sullivan says that it is these types of crimes involving animals that were responsible for The Humane Society of Canada creating the Victims of Cruelty program. The Humane Society of Canada has offered similar rewards for information in the shooting of a Brampton, ON dog, the deaths of animals at a petting zoo in St Catharines in 2010, the shooting of wild ducks in a pond in Saskatchewan, for the shooting of a cat in Mississauga and the shooting of three wild horses in Sundre, AB in 2009. In addition to the incident of the duck killers, the reward offered in the shootings of four horses in Alberta 2003 and for the shooting of a three-year-old, female Pinto pony in Arden, Ontario in 2002 resulted in the killers being found, convicted, fined and given a prison sentence. We’re hoping that those responsible for these acts of cruelty in Brampton are also apprehended and dealt with accordingly,” says The HSC Chairman & CEO Michael O’Sullivan.
The person or persons involved can be charged under the federal Criminal Code of Canada. Penalties include fines, jail terms, seizure of equipment, firearms, and an order prohibiting a convicted offender of working with or owning animals. Having a criminal record results in difficulties when trying to travel to other countries or when applying for jobs and volunteer positions. In the past, rewards offered by The Humane Society of Canada have led to breaks in cases involving cruelty to animals and the organization hopes that it can encourage people to come forward with information.
The Humane Society of Canada will be asking the court to bar any of those found guilty from owning or working with animals for as long as the law will allow and if two people or more planned the killings, they can also be charged with criminal conspiracy.“Cruelty to animals is a criminal offence,” says O’Sullivan. “Recent changes to the Canadian Criminal Code mean that offenders face maximum penalties of up to 5 years in prison for indictable offences and for summary convictions - fines of up to $10,000 and up to eighteen months in jail. In addition to the criminal record and fines, the person convicted can also be prohibited from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for any period that the court considers appropriate but, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, for a minimum of five years. Damages may be awarded by the court to the person or organization that had to pay for the care of the animal as a result of the offence.”
Anyone who would like to donate to The Humane Society of Canada’s Victims of Cruelty Reward Program to help solve crimes against animals and nature can contact the organization at 1-800-641-5463 or through their website at www.humanesociety.com.
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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