VANCOUVER, July 17, 2001 – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is asking people to ensure that pets are protected from the summer heat. “It doesn’t take long for a seemingly safe situation to turn into a potentially deadly one” warns Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.


“Dogs tied up outside in the shade with water can become tangled and not able to reach the shade or their water” explains HSC Executive Director, Michael O’Sullivan who has 3 dogs and 2 cats. “Often a shady area early in the day is in direct sunlight later on placing the animal at risk. Even animals with access to shade and water on hot days can suffer from the heat.”


“Another dangerous situation commonly occurs when well meaning people take their pet with them in their vehicle during warm or hot weather” says O’Sullivan. “Even vehicles parked in the shade, on a mild day with the windows rolled down quickly become like an oven” he warns. “It’s better to leave pets at home when it is warm outside.”

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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