Animal Protection

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)

Comparative Analysis Chart of Provincial Legislation

Federal Laws

Criminal Code of Canada – Cruelty to Animals
Health of Animals Act
Migratory Birds Convention Act

Provincal Laws

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
Milk Act
Ontario SPCA Act

Animal Control 

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 Contacts

City 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
OPP 519-336-8691 (after 5:00pm and weekends)
Dawn – Euphemia Twp 519-692-5148
Lambton Shores 519-786-2335
Aamjiwnaang First Nation 519-339-8824    
Other Animal Control Areas & Pounds
Parkhill 519-294-0232 
Petrolia 519-882-2350
Wallaceburg 519-627-6722
Glenco Pound 519-287-2974
Lobo Animal Centre 519-666-1632