Animal Cruelty

To Report Cruelty Please Call 1-888-703-7722

Most Common Complaints

Backyard breeders and brokers (mill operations)
Animals not provided with suitable or adequate food, water or shelter
Animals not protected from injurious weather or conditions that may cause injury
Animals suffering from neglect
Animals suffering from injury or disease and not provided with veterinary care
Animals confined, tethered or abandoned.

Animal Cruelty Reports

Annual Activity

The Nova Scotia SPCA employs 17 Provincial Special Constables and a Chief Inspector to carry out its mandate of preventing and investigating animal cruelty.

Animals Protected

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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.

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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.

Group of wild black, gray stripped cats

Report Cruelty

Call 1-888-703-7722


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