September 19, 2008, TORONTO – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for setting a black and white cat on fire in Lower Sackville, NS. RCMP say this horrific crime took place in the early morning of September 15, 2008. The cat did not survive its injuries.


“We’re asking anyone who witnessed this violent, despicable act to step forward with information that may help bring these dangerous people to justice,” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. “Anyone who doesn’t want to get involved believing that the animal ‘was just a cat’ should think again,” says an angry Hickey. “Cruelty to animals leads to violence against people.”


HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan agrees that crimes involving animals must be taken very seriously. “ “Researchers studying human violence considers cruelty to animals one of three primary indicators of criminal potential,” states O’Sullivan. “There is a relationship between animal abuse and other crimes including child abuse, wife beating and murder. Whoever these cowards are that committed this brutal act against this innocent cat, they need to be caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

Witnesses to this crime are asked to contact the RCMP at 902-864-6000 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-5463.

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

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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