The Ontario Government now provides animal protection services in Ontario.
To report please call their 24/7 hotline at 1-833-9ANIMAL (926-4625).

Visit their website for more information.


About Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty generally falls into one of two categories: neglect or intentional cruelty.

 Neglect is the failure to provide adequate water, food, shelter, or necessary care. Examples of neglect include: starvation; dehydration; inadequate shelter; parasite infestations; failure to seek veterinary care when an animal is in need of medical attention; allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin; confined without adequate light, ventilation, space or in unsanitary conditions; and failure to trim hoofs or nails resulting in excessive growth (i.e. hoofs curling upwards). In some cases, neglect is a result of the owner’s ignorance, and can be rectified by Animal Protection Officers / Police, educating the owner and issuing orders to improve the animals living conditions.


What is Distress?

The PAWS Act (Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act) gives a definition: ‘Distress’ means the state of being in need of proper care, water, food or shelter or being injured, sick or in pain or suffering or being abused or subject to undue or unnecessary hardship, privation or neglect.



Animal cruelty investigations are governed by provincial legislation called the PAWS Act. Inspectors appointed under the Act have the authority to enforce laws pertaining to the welfare of, or the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Under certain conditions, Inspectors may enter private property to relieve animals from their distress. As well, they are authorized to serve the animals’ owner/custodian with orders which outline remedial action to relieve the distress.