Investigations Division

Every year, the Montreal SPCA’s Investigations Division receives thousands of complaints and reports.

In 2018
  • Over 8,500 animals of a range of species received a visit from our staff and 1,500 new investigations were opened.
  • In total, the investigations team removed 449 animals from their environments.
  • Its investigations resulted in about forty convictions.
  • On average, every officer handles approximately thirty active cases at any given time.

Montreal SPCA animal protection officers are charged with enforcing:

— The provisions of the Criminal Code dealing with crimes against animals

— Quebec’s provincial animal welfare legislation, namely the Animal Welfare and Safety Act and the Regulation respecting the safety and welfare of cats and dogs

The territory covered by the animal protection officers includes the Island of Montreal, Laval and part of Montérégie, Lanaudière and the Laurentians, which is nearly the entire territory within an hour and a half drive from the Montreal SPCA.




If you witness animal abuse, please report it!

Leave us a message at (514) 735-2711, extension 2230, or send us an email at enquetes@spca.com. In the event of an emergency, call (514) 735-2711, extension 0. All complaints are treated confidentially.

For incidents outside of the territory covered by the Montreal SPCA’s Investigations Division:

Contact the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec: at 1-844-ANIMAUX (1-844-264-6289) or at centraledesignalement@mapaq.gouv.qc.ca. All complaints are treated confidentially.


What constitutes an infraction?
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