Animal Welfare Program Statistics

 

January to December 2020 (Q1-Q4)

 
 
Total number of animal welfare cases filed: 748
 

 

Animal Welfare Case Status

Figure 1 represents inspection findings under The Animal Care Act. 


*The number of occurrences may exceed the total number of cases, as multiple statuses may be associated with each case.  Animal Welfare cases may still be on-going, therefore, are not always complete. 

Definition
 
Non-Compliant An owner is found to be non-compliant with requirements with animal care as per The Animal Care Act based on inspection findings by an Animal Protection Officer. 
Recommendation
Recommendations made by Animal Protection Officer to the owner to achieve compliance under The Animal Care Act (e.g., recommendations to provide an adequately insulated and bedded shelter to an animal housed outdoors). 
Surrender An animal owner transfers all rights of ownership of an animal to an Animal Protection Officer.
Director's Order
An Order issued to an owner to enforce compliance with Section 2 of The Animal Care Act. This Order can be used if an owner is repeatedly non-compliant with The Animal Care Act and or improvements need to be made to animal care within a short period of time to prevent animals suffering. 
Issued Notice of Seizure/Custody/Distress A Notice of Seizure/Custody can be issued to an owner when:
  • An animal is deemed to be in distress by an Animal Protection Officer and actions are taken to relieve distress (e.g., an animal is found with a broken leg and taken into care by an Animal Protection Officer for veterinary medical attention).
  • An owner is non-compliant with an Order.
  • A Notice of Custody can be issued to an owner when an animal is deemed abandoned and taken into custody by an Animal Protection Officer to be provided with care.
Abandoned Refer to The Animal Care Act Section 1(1) for definition. 
1(1)(a) Example: A dog found tied to a lamp post without any known owner.   1(1)(b) Example: An animal found in a rented apartment after their lease has expired, or they have been evicted. 1(1)(c) Example: An animal has been found at a premises without a caregiver in place after the owner has been hospitalized or taken to prison.  1(1)(d) Example: An animal has been left at a boarding facility or veterinarian clinic for greater that four days after the owner agreed in writing to retrieve the animal.
 
 
 

Animal Care Appeal Board: Appeals 

Figure 2 represents the number of cases for which an appeal occurred as a result of issuing a Director’s Order or Notice of Seizure/Custody/Distress.


*The number of occurrences may exceed the total number of cases, as multiple statuses may be associated with each case. Animal Welfare cases may still be on-going, therefore, are not always complete. 

Definition
Appeal An Appeal can occur when an owner disagrees with the actions taken by an Animal Protection Officer which results in animals being seized, being taken into custody, or the owner being issued an Order under The Animal Care Act. 
 


Species Inspected

Figure 3 represents the range of species of animals inspected under The Animal Care Act.


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The number of species may exceed the total number of cases, as multiple species may be associated with each case. Animal Welfare cases may still be on-going, therefore, are not always complete. 

Top 5 Animal Welfare Concerns

Figure 4 represents the 5 most common animal welfare concerns for non-compliance under The Animal Care Act.


*The number of concerns may exceed the total number of cases, as multiple concerns may be associated with each case. Animal Welfare cases may still be on-going, therefore, are not always complete. 


 
For more information, please contact the Chief Veterinary Office (CVO).