Investigations Division

The Montreal SPCA’s Investigations Division

Montreal SPCA animal protection officers are charged with enforcing the provisions of the Criminal Code dealing with crimes against animals. As for 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, it is exclusively enforced by inspectors from the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec.

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.

Every year, the Montreal SPCA’s Investigations Division receives thousands of complaints and reports. In 2017, over 30,000 animals of a range of species received a visit from our staff and 1,400 new investigations were opened. In total, the investigations team removed 416 animals from their environments, and its investigations resulted in about twenty convictions. On average, every officer handles approximately thirty active cases at any given time.

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.

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