May 17, 2004, TORONTO – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is concerned about the dogs who were poisoned recently in Goderich and is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for committing these cruel acts.


“There is currently an investigation into the deaths of three dogs who died after ingesting strychnine in Goderich recently,” states Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.


The Humane Society of Canada is not only concerned with these cases of poisoning, but also with the numerous poisonings of dogs that have occurred in Ontario during the last few months.

“No circumstance warrants brutally killing dogs with poison,” says Michael O’Sullivan, HSC Executive Director. “Leaving poison for dogs is not only dangerous for the intended victims, but also for unintended potential victims including young children,” states an angry O’Sullivan.

The Humane Society of Canada is asking for the public’s help in dealing with those who commit such horrendous crimes. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Huron OPP at (519) 524-8314 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

“A correlation exists between cruelty to animals and violence against people and I’d be very concerned as to what someone who could intentionally commit such a cruel act was also capable of,” says O’Sullivan. “People with dogs must be vigilant in ensuring that their canine companions are not able to access potentially harmful items, “suggests O’Sullivan. “Routine property inspections and keeping dogs on leashes when off of their property are two things that people can do to minimize poisoning risks.”

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at via twitter at and on Facebook at:

[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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