Public Information – Bill 117

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Late yesterday, Bill 117, an Act to amend the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, passed the third reading.

Once the Bill is proclaimed and becomes a matter of law, the Solicitor General will have the authority to appoint a Chief Inspector, who in turn will appoint Inspectors to enforce provincial animal welfare legislation. This has been publicly acknowledged as a temporary measure, with a new Act and enforcement process to follow by the end of the year.

It is an important step that the Ontario Government is actively taking responsibility for their provincial animal welfare legislation. Law enforcement is a responsibility of government.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is moving forward with our plans to provide animal-related services as support to law enforcement. We have had over 40 meetings to date with law enforcement agencies and municipalities regarding these services. We will continue to provide direct response to communities and law enforcement through 310-SPCA. This service will ease the transition to the new enforcement model, allow the public to report animal concerns unrelated to law enforcement and provide direct access to support for police and municipalities.

The transition from law enforcement has allowed us to expand our efforts in animal rescue, animal transfer and community-based mobile services. Recently, we cut the ribbon on a new mobile companion animal hospital allowing us to create access to spay/neuter services across the province. In addition, we’ve added to our fleet of trucks and trailers ‎to increase the number of animal transfers over the summer months. Many of our partner Affiliates are joining us in these life saving programs.

Some questions and answers follow. If you’d like information about Ontario SPCA Enforcement Support Services or the report A More Humane and Safer Ontario: The Future of Animal Cruelty Investigations, Dr. Kendra Coulter, both are available on our website.