Animal welfare

Animal welfare

Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in Ontario.

If you believe that an animal is in distress, or to report suspected animal abuse:

  • call 310-SPCA (7722) or 1-888-668-7722 or email
  • contact your local OSPCA Branch/Affiliate or local Humane Society, or your local police
  • you may also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Ontario has the strongest animal welfare legislation in Canada. We protect animals by enforcing strong rules and tough penalties.

In Ontario, it is an offence to:

  • cause or permit distress to an animal
  • cause harm to a law enforcement animal
  • train or permit animals to fight other animals
  • own or possess equipment or structures used in animal fighting
  • fail to comply with standards of care applicable to all animals
  • obstruct an OSPCA inspector or agent

Convictions can result in sentences that may include up to two years in jail, fines of up to $60,000, and a lifetime ban on animal ownership, as well as other penalties.

Our goal is to ensure that Ontario’s animals are protected and treated in the humane manner that our society expects.