Investigating Neglect and Abuse

We rely on the public to let us know about any domestic animals that they suspect are being abused or neglected. Our Peace Officers investigate every complaint we receive about animals in distress. Under the law, we can only investigate if we have reasonable and probable grounds to believe there may have been an offence under the Animal Protection Act. Normally, a call from a neighbour or witness constitutes such grounds for investigation.

If you believe an animal is in distress we ask you to report the situation, even if you have called in the past. In the case of livestock as well as pets kept outdoors, the condition of these animals can deteriorate quickly, particularly if they are in poor shape during extreme weather.