COMMUNITY ALERT: Ontario SPCA wants to remind the community how to report animal cruelty


FOR IMMEDIATE Chatham, ON (January 21, 2015) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society wants to remind the community that reports of animal cruelty needs to be forwarded to your local Ontario SPCA, Ontario SPCA Affiliated SPCA or Humane Society, the local Police Services 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.


“We all want to help an animal in need. If there is a concern for an animal’s welfare, it is important that you report this to the appropriate authorities,” says Ontario SPCA Senior Inspector Jennifer Bluhm. “Taking matters into your own hands could jeopardize an investigation and would be obstructing an officer from doing their job. That person could be putting themselves in a harmful situation, and could potentially be harmful to the animals that are in need of our help.”


To report animal cruelty in Ontario, citizens are asked to call the new Ontario SPCA 310-SPCA toll-free 24 hour hotline.



Investigations Media Contact
Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA,



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.


Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so. 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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