VANCOUVER, January 31, 2002 - In light of the recent tragedy regarding the death of four-year-old Kyra-Lee Sibthorpe, the Humane Society of Canada (HSC) wants to remind the public of the need for dog bite prevention education and that this information is available from HSC’s website here or by calling, toll free, 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

HSC Executive Director, Michael O’Sullivan, whose family includes two young children and a houseful of dogs and cats, believes that children need to be taught about dog bite prevention in the same manner that they are taught about ‘street proofing’ issues. "We need to teach children and others about how to recognize and avoid when dogs are going to attack in the same way that they are instructed about traffic safety, the dangers of talking to strangers and taking drugs" says O’Sullivan.

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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