Publication

When the SPCA comes knocking

Understanding your rights and duties

Toronto

Naomi Loewith discusses owner's obligations when dealing with animal abuse investigators.

Recent media coverage of alleged abuse at Chilliwack Cattle Sales in B.C. has parked questions about an owner's obligations when dealing with animal abuse investigators. What are your rights and responsibilities when an investigator arrives at your doorstep?

Inspector Powers

Animal cruelty is prohibited under the Criminal Code, which applies across Canada. In practice, most investigations into suspected mistreatment of animals are conducted by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in each province. The SPCA often works with local police forces, but SPCA officers themselves also have police powers.