Investigations Division

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

In 2020
  • Over 2,613 animals of a range of species received a visit from our staff and 1,254 new investigations were opened.
  • In total, the investigations team removed 188 animals from their environments.
  • Its investigations resulted in 11 convictions.

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, the Laurentians, Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec.




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?
What happens during a visit by an animal protection officer?
What are the consequences of an infraction?

The Montreal SPCA recognizes the importance of impartiality and the absence of conflicts of interest in all actions or interventions carried out in the course of its law enforcement activities. Our organizational structure, our management methods and the relationship between our investigations division and our other services allow us to maintain the impartiality necessary to our law enforcement activities.

To make a complaint regarding the work of a Montreal SPCA animal protection officer, please write to plainteinspection@spca.com or communicate directly with the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec by filling out this form. All complaints are treated confidentially.