Officials probe arrival of 500 puppies, 38 of them dead, aboard flight from Ukraine

We are appalled to learn that 500 dogs were transported in the cargo hold of a Ukraine International Airlines flight on June 13, 2020. The animals suffered needlessly and 38 of these innocent puppies died a terrible death. Many more dogs fell seriously ill. This is unacceptable. Canada and Ontario must do more to protect animals and to ensure that puppy mills are not permitted to operate in Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) oversees the importation of dogs for commercial sale in Canada. Its rules do not prevent puppy mills from importing large numbers of dogs into Ontario as long as these operations file some paperwork. The CFIA does have the responsibility to enforce regulations contained in the Health of Animals Regulations Part XII, Humane Transport and Animal Welfare, as amended in 2016.

We call on the federal government to take immediate steps to protect animals by amending the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations to ban the importation of dogs for commercial resale without exception.

To be a voice for animals, contact your Federal Member of Parliament (MP) on this issue.

Put a stop to “Ag-Gag” Bill 156

We share your concerns about Bill 156. We have put forward a submission to the government outlining why the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society does not support Ontario’s Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019.


To be a voice for animals, contact your local MPP.

We want to hear from you! 

In Ontario, under the Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA), it is illegal to own or house* a Pit Bull-type dog. We want your input on the regulation of Pit Bulls in Ontario. You are invited to complete a short survey to share your thoughts.

A Pit Bull is defined under the law as:

  • A Pit Bull Terrier
  • A Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • An American Staffordshire Terrier
  • An American Pit Bull Terrier
  • A dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics substantially similar to any of the above dog breeds

*with exceptions written in the Dog Owners’ Liability Act


Help us shape the new Ontario Animal Protection Act.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has established a task force to develop recommendations for the ‎new provincial animal welfare legislation, that reflects the need for both greater protection and social justice for animals. This work will set the stage for new legislation including stronger regulations prohibiting the use of animals in entertainment, providing for the protection of pets and farm animals and establishing their status as sentient beings under the law.

Be a voice for animals! Share your feedback and help shape animal welfare laws in Ontario.