October 28, 2004, TORONTO - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for stabbing two German Shepherd dogs last Thursday in Oro-Medonte township north of Barrie, Ontario. The serious nature of their injuries meant the dogs had to be humanely euthanized.


"The Ontario Provincial Police Detachment in Barrie is investigating these brutal cowardly attacks," according to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. "According to a media report, these animals were stabbed and slashed 45 times in the abdomen, chest and shoulders. A third dog had its collar cut but was not physically harmed."

HSC Executive Director Michael O'Sullivan is both angry and worried by this heinous crime.

"There is a link between cruelty to animals and violence against people and we're very concerned about these offenders are capable of," says O'Sullivan. "The FBI considers cruelty to animals as one of the primary indicators of criminal behaviour. People like Clifford Olsen, Paul Bernardo, the Boston Strangler, Theodore Bundy, David Berkowitz and Jeffery Dahmer are all examples of those who began their careers by harming animals."

The Humane Society of Canada is requesting the public's assistance in quickly apprehending those responsible for this cruel act. Anyone with information should contact the Ontario Provincial Police, Barrie Detachment, at (705) 726-6484 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463). People with animal companions should be extra cautious and know of their pets' whereabouts at all times.

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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