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Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) is offering a $1,000 reward through their Victims of Cruelty Program to help bring to justice the person responsible for the reported torturing and killing of an adult male grey tabby cat near Smyth Park in Etobicoke, Ontario on July 26, 2011. Police report the cat was tied, blindfolded and spray painted with purple paint. The reward is for information resulting in the conviction of those responsible for the killing.
"The person who needlessly killed this poor animal needs to be brought to justice and punished to the fullest extent of the law," according to Al Hickey, HSC Western Regional Director.
Besides the sheer cruelty of the act, The Humane Society of Canada believes that society should be concerned because there is a correlation between animal cruelty and violence against people.
Anyone with information pertaining to the killing of this animal is asked to contact, Toronto Police Detective Falconer at 416-808-1200 or The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).
HSC Chairman & CEO Michael O'Sullivan says that it is these types of crimes involving animals that were responsible for The Humane Society of Canada creating the Victims of Cruelty program. "We're hoping that those responsible for these acts of cruelty in Coombs and Brampton are also apprehended and dealt with accordingly," says The HSC Chairman & CEO Michael O'Sullivan.
The person or persons involved can be charged under the federal Criminal Code of Canada. Penalties include fines, jail terms, seizure of equipment, firearms, and an order prohibiting a convicted offender of working with or owning animals. Having a criminal record results in difficulties when trying to travel to other countries or when applying for jobs and volunteer positions. In the past, rewards offered by The Humane Society of Canada have led to breaks in cases involving cruelty to animals and the organization hopes that it can encourage people to come forward with information.
The Humane Society of Canada will be asking the court to bar any of those found guilty from owning or working with animals for as long as the law will allow and if two people or more planned the killings, they can also be charged with criminal conspiracy.
"Cruelty to animals is a criminal offence," says O'Sullivan. "Recent changes to the Canadian Criminal Code mean that offenders face maximum penalties of up to 5 years in prison for indictable offences and for summary convictions - fines of up to $10,000 and up to eighteen months in jail. In addition to the criminal record and fines, the person convicted can also be prohibited from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird for any period that the court considers appropriate but, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, for a minimum of five years. Damages may be awarded by the court to the person or organization that had to pay for the care of the animal as a result of the offence."
Anyone who would like to donate to The Humane Society of Canada's Victims of Cruelty Reward Program to help solve crimes against animals and nature can contact the organization at 1-800-641-5463 or through their website at www.humanesociety.com.
If you have information on this case, please contact:
Toronto Police Detective Falconer
- humanesociety.com - Jul 28, 2011
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