According to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), the OSPCA and the Government of Ontario have entered into an agreement that will see the OSPCA continue enforcement of animal welfare laws in Ontario until June 28, 2019. However, the OSPCA has indicated that they will not be responding to calls related to livestock or horses as of April 1, 2019. As a result, police services may see an increase in calls for service related to these matters.
The OSPCA estimates that they received 1,650 calls related to livestock and horses in 2018 – an average of five calls per day across Ontario. Please contact our office for a copy of the Ministry’s All Chiefs for more information.
The OACP continues to stay in touch with government and advocacy groups on this matter. In our view, a long-term strategy from the Province must ensure any downloading of responsibilities in this area to police organizations with adequate and sustainable funding and resources from the Government of Ontario.