Most Common Complaints
Animal Cruelty Reports
The Nova Scotia SPCA employs 17 Provincial Special Constables and a Chief Inspector to carry out its mandate of preventing and investigating animal cruelty.
What happens to mistreated animals?
Nova Scotia SPCA Special Constables have the authority of peace officers when enforcing laws pertaining to animal welfare and cruelty prevention. Upon finding an animal in distress, the Nova Scotia SPCA must work with the owner or caregiver to relieve the distress. If the owner or caretaker does not act or cannot be found, Special Constables are permitted to take such action as they consider necessary to relieve the distress. This may include:
- Taking the animal into protective custody;
- Arranging for any necessary transportation, food, water, care, shelter and medical treatment; or
- Delivering the animal into the custody of the Society or another suitable caretaker.
The most disturbing trend in Nova Scotia is hoarding. Hoarding is something that the Society struggles to deal with because of the lack of resources and infrastructure needed to address the complexity of these cases that involve both human and animal victims.