Animal Care Appeal Board and Process

The Animal Care Appeal Board was set up under The Animal Care Act to hear appeals of seizures, orders and licensing decisions made by the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO). The board provides an open, fair and equitable review of an appeal under the Act.
To make an appeal, a letter to the address below should be sent to the appeal board requesting an appeal and clearly stating the reasons for the appeal. Any additional evidence for the case, including photos, should be included with this letter.

An appeal of an order must be filed within seven days of the date the notice of seizure or order was posted, sent or delivered. An appeal of a licensing decision must be filed within 30 days of receiving the letter of decision.

The appellant (person making the appeal) and the CVO must submit, seven days prior to the hearing, any evidence they wish to present and the names of all those attending.

An appellant has the right to seek their own legal representation at an appeal or an appellant can represent themselves.
 
The board may dismiss or grant the appeal, or make any order that the appeal board considers appropriate to the situation. The decision of the appeal board is final and binding and not subject to further appeal.

The Animal Care Act allows the CVO to request payment from the owner for the costs of caring for a seized animal. This includes the costs that have accumukated between the time of seizure and the decision of the appeal board.
 

For further information read the following document: Animal Care Appeal Board - Appeal Guidelines and Procedure (PDF 295KB).

To file an appeal, contact:
812-401 York Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0P8
Phone: 204-945-3856 in Winnipeg; toll free in Manitoba 1-800-282-8069
Fax: 204-945-1489


For more information, please contact the Animal Care Line, or call 204-945-8000 (in Winnipeg); 

1-888-945-8001 (toll free).