TORONTO, April 21st 2002 - The ruthless, calculated cruelty inflicted on a defenceless, stray cat by Jessie Powers, Anthony Wennekers and a third person, who is still at large, should have been taken more seriously warns The Humane Society of Canada (HSC). "This case is a scathing indictment of the failure on the part of the criminal justice system to protect people and animals," said Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director. The charity is also offering a $ 2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the third person that Powers and Wennekers still refuse to identify.


Powers, Wennekers and the third person hung the cat by the neck and then proceeded to stab and beat the animal. The cat’s throat was also cut. The beheaded, skinned animal was later found in a fridge. The men who claimed they were torturing the cat as a form of art videotaped the entire episode.


"Have you ever heard of a more stupid reason for committing such a brutal cowardly act? Each one of these three men is a miserable excuse for a human being. There is nothing new about the fact that cruelty to animals can lead to violence against people. For example, the FBI lists cruelty to animals as one of its three indicators of criminal behaviour. Anyone who believes these brutal cowards wouldn’t commit any act of violence against a person is fooling themselves," according to Michael O'Sullivan, HSC Executive Director.

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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