Ontario SPCA wants to remind the community how to report animal cruelty


Woodstock, ON (October 2, 2013) – The Ontario SPCA wants to remind the community that reports of animal cruelty needs to be forwarded to the Ontario SPCA, local Police Service or Crime Stoppers.


In the Province of Ontario only the Ontario SPCA and Police Services have the authority to enforce the Ontario SPCA Act and Criminal Code of Canada for animal cruelty related investigations.


“Anyone who responds to animal cruelty concerns or acts in a manner that is in representation of an officer, and who is not a sworn, uniformed Ontario SPCA Agent, Inspector, or a Police Officer may face charges for impersonating an officer and possible obstruction of an investigation,” says Senior Inspector Larry Wilkinson.


Do not take matters into your own hands.  Forward your concern to your local Ontario SPCA or Humane Society, or Police service; they have the legal authority to investigate cases of animal cruelty.




Provincial Media Contact

Brad Dewar

Investigation & Communications Officer

Ontario SPCA - Provincial Office



Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:


Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.


Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.


Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.


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