The Nova Scotia SPCA employs four full time Provincial Special Constables and a Chief Inspector to carry out its mandate of preventing and investigating animal cruelty. The Nova Scotia SPCA receives more than 18,000 calls regarding animal welfare each year and investigates an average of 1,500 complaints concerning companion animals in Nova Scotia.

The most common complaints include:

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

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.

To report cruelty file an online complaint or call 1-888-703-7722 to let us know of your complaint immediately.

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.

To read the Society’s White Paper on Investigative Procedures, [please click here]. For more information on the Society’s standards of care used in enforcement, [please click here.]