December 29, 2005, VANCOUVER – The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward though its Victims of Cruelty program for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for killing a family’s pet rabbits in Gordon Head.


News reports indicate that one of the rabbits had been beaten to death, the other beheaded.

“It is deeply troubling that these acts of cruelty could take place to a family that is dealing with the loss of four rabbits stolen earlier this year in September” says Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.

HSC Executive Director Michael O’Sullivan is hoping that someone with information about these cowardly crimes will step forward and contact authorities.

“Through our Victims of Cruelty program we are offering a $1,000 reward for information that result in the conviction of those who committed these brutal cowardly acts,” says O’Sullivan. “The world is full of violence. Whoever committed these brutal murders needs to be found, prosecuted and thrown in jail.” In the past, The Humane Society of Canada’s reward program has tracked down other animal abusers and seen them brought to justice.

Anyone with information regarding the killing of these rabbits in Gordon Head is asked to contact The Saanich Police at (250) 475-4321 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).



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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