TORONTO, Nov. 30 1998 - The disappearance of more than a dozen pets from the east end of Toronto has sparked national media coverage. Unfortunately, investigators are no closer than they were several weeks ago to finding out who's responsible. "That's why The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $ 5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible," said Executive Director, Michael O'Sullivan.


For over 25 years, O'Sullivan has been helping animals in Canada and in over 70 countries. He's fought wildlife traffickers, sent animal abusers to jail, and put himself at risk in war torn countries like Kuwait. But this time, he admits, it's very personal. That's because he is a long time resident of the Beaches area of Toronto where the disappearances have been taking place.
He and his wife, Lise, have two small children and their dogs and cats are part of the family. While no one has harmed their pets, other residents have been less fortunate. "Only a truly evil person could tear families apart like this. This morning, my three year old daughter, Elan, was hugging our Siberian Husky and said to me: `Daddy is a bad man going to take `Taiga' away?
"I told her not to worry. But inside, I was furious at whoever is responsible," he said.


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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