NOVEMBER 19/2001, TORONTO - Early the morning of November 9th, 2001 a pinto pony was found slain in a pasture near the hamlet of Arden. Police believe the shooter then decapitated the pony to conceal the type of firearm used. The head was carried off


Following a lengthy police investigation, The Humane Society of Canada praised the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) after learning that the OPP have now charged a Belleville man, Richard VANNESS, 33 years with five criminal offences relating to the pony's death and that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources have laid another nine charges under provincial fish and game laws. The subject was in custody, but at a Bail Hearing in Kingston this afternoon he was released on $ 2,000 bail. Bail conditions include no contact with individuals who may have been with him at the time, no contact with the family who owned the pony, and no access to firearms or alcohol. The man did not enter a plea and is expected back in court on 5th December.


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[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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