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The Nova Scotia SPCA is the only charity with the legal powers to help animals in need and bring animal offenders to justice. Our Inspectors are authorized under the Animal Protection Act to protect all animals from abuse, neglect and abandonment.

SPCA Inspectors act as law enforcers to ensure the safety of Nova Scotia’s vulnerable animals. If there has been a deliberate act of violence or neglect, our Inspectors seek justice through the courts, acting as the voice for animals.

Animal Welfare Investigations

In 2014 our team of 23 Inspectors investigated 1,214 animal welfare complaints across the Province and intervened on behalf of 3,984 animals.

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

Education and Assistance

In many cases our Inspectors are able to work with the community to ensure the right outcome for an animal. Education and advice is our first preference as through education we improve the care of animals long term in the community.

Orders to Comply

Sometimes we need to provide more support with specific guidance or support materials to help people meet their obligations. Other cases require a formal approach with specific directions and instructions to comply.

Summary Offence Tickets

There are many ticketable offences and fines range from $200 to $700 depending on the offence. Summary Offence Tickets are like speeding tickets. They will typically be issued either on the spot or sent by mail depending on the situation and circumstances. Either way, the inspector will assess the situation and facts on the ground before issuing a ticket. Everyone who receives a ticket will have the right to challenge the ticket in court.