Report Cruelty

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In 2020 the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act came into effect. On that date, primary responsibility for conducting animal cruelty and welfare investigations transferred from humane societies like ours to government inspectors. Members of the public who wish to report an animal that they suspect is being neglected or abused are asked to make a report to the government enforcement service at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625).

 

The WECHS continues to work with and support the government enforcement team to provide care for animals who are removed as part of investigations. In addition to supporting the government’s enforcement services through sheltering abused animals in need, we will continue to offer all the other services we have for the past century to our local community. We will continue to shelter homeless pets and provide them with care, veterinary treatment, and behaviour rehabilitation. We will continue educating the public about proper care of animals and providing support to the community. We will also continue to operate our low-cost spay-neuter veterinary clinic. We remain committed to doing all that we can to ensure local animals remain protected.

 

Provincial government inspectors are empowered to alleviate distress of animals, however, it is also vital that they protect the owner’s legal rights during any investigation. Taking matters into your own hands may be illegal and very often makes it impossible for law enforcement to hold the owner of an animal responsible. The evidence required to take legal action may be contaminated or no longer available or the owner’s rights may have been ignored which would cause a case to be thrown out of court.