About 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:

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

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.