December 6, 2001, TORONTO - The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) had high praise for a judge’s ruling in a recent animal cruelty case. "Society is moving ever closer to the day the wanton abuse of animals will no longer be tolerated," said Al Hickey, Western Regional Director for The HSC. The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) responsible.


According to the Ottawa Citizen, Richard Vanness, 33, of Belleville was sentenced to 5 months in prison, fined $5,000, prohibited from hunting for 10 years and placed on probation for the brutal murder of a young pony. Vanness was sentenced to an additional 2 months in prison for an unrelated assault charge.


The victim of this brutal case was Sunday, a 3-year-old, female Pinto pony who belonged to the Matson family. The Matsons had raised Sunday from birth. The Matson’s two young children were devastated by Sunday’s murder that occurred the night of November 8th or in the early morning hours of November 9th.