For immediate release (SASKATOON – October 19, 2018) The Saskatchewan SPCA is pleased with the intent of updates to provincial animal cruelty legislation. The new Animal Protection Act and Regulations were proclaimed September 17, 2018.
Notable improvements to the Act and Regulations include:
More clarity about what constitutes an acceptable level of animal care
Updates to the list of codes and guidelines for the care of livestock and companion animals
Animal Protection Orders can be issued, outlining specific actions owners must take to improve the care of their animals
APOs are able to inspect a broader range of animal care facilities
The definition of an “abandoned animal” has been expanded
Increased fines for individuals convicted of repeat animal cruelty offenses
As well, veterinarians are now required by law to report situations of suspected animal cruelty.
“Most pet owners and livestock producers are strongly committed to animal welfare,” says Frances Wach, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan SPCA.
Wach agrees with the intent of recent updates; however, she notes the impact of the legislation adds to the already heavy workload of APOs. “The job of an Animal Protection Officer is demanding and potentially dangerous.
“In order for animal protection legislation to be truly effective, all APOs must be provided with the resources they need to do their job properly, including consistent, ongoing training,” concludes Wach.
Animal Protection Officers have the authority to investigate reports of suspected animal neglect or abuse. Complaints involving companion animals in the cities of Regina, Saskatoon, or Prince Albert are handled by APOs working in their respective local SPCAs/Humane Societies. Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan handles all other animal cruelty complaints, including those involving livestock anywhere in the province. Members of the RCMP and municipal police services are also recognized as APOs.
For more information, please contact: Frances Wach, Executive Director Saskatchewan SPCA Phone: 306.382.2419 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1928, the Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saskatchewan SPCA) is the provincial voice on animal welfare. Major program areas include a voluntary registration program for animal rescues, animal safekeeping, humane education, and the Stryker Care Fund for retired police dogs. We continue to advocate for improved animal welfare legislation and raise awareness of the human-animal bond.