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Animal Welfare Enforcement

Information for veterinarians concerning animal welfare enforcement as of June 29, 2019

As of June 29, 2019, Ontario's interim animal protection model comes into effect. The temporary model includes:

  • A new toll-free number available 24/7 to report animal welfare concerns: 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625)

  • An interim chief inspector, appointed by the Solicitor General, to provide leadership on animal protection in the province

  • New temporary animal welfare inspectors, many from local humane societies and Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs), appointed by the chief inspector.

Appointed by the chief inspector, a team of inspectors will be responsible for animal protection in the province. Inspectors employed by willing local humane societies and/or SPCAs will also be appointed by the province to continue delivering enforcement services.

The public can report animal welfare concerns by calling 1-833-9ANIMAL, and calls will be triaged and dispatched for response by the most appropriate local entity.

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