Gain a greater understanding of the animal cruelty laws Ontario SPCA investigators use in their efforts to protect animals from abuse, abandonment and neglect and to prosecute offenders by visiting the federal, provincial and municipal legislation links below.
Ontario SPCA investigators may enforce any law pertaining to the prevention of cruelty to, and the welfare of, animals. This includes legislation pertaining to animals within the Criminal Code of Canada, the principal tool used by investigators to bring cases of extreme cruelty and neglect to court; the Ontario SPCA Act, the provincial legislation that gives Ontario SPCA investigators their policing powers to act on reported instances of animal cruelty; and municipal laws, which vary widely across the province.
If you suspect Animal Cruelty or Neglect please call the Ontario Governments new toll-free number available 24/7 to report animal welfare concerns: 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625)
Animals for Research Act
Dead Animal Disposal Act
Dog Owner’s Liability Act
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
Food Safety and Quality Act
Livestock Community Sales Act
Livestock and Livestock Products Act
Livestock Medicines Act
Ontario SPCA Act
In Sarnia-Lambton, animal control is governed by municipal by-laws and administered by municipalities. For non-cruelty related animal issues such as dogs running at large and animal noise complaints, please contact your local municipal office. For more information about Sarnia animal control, dog licensing requirements and relevant rules click here.
Municipal Animal Control ContactsCity of Sarnia 519-332-0330 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm) Sarnia Police 519-344-8861 (after 5:00pm and weekends) St. Clair Twp 519-867-2021 Plympton Twp 519-845-3939 Point Edward 519-337-3021