What is animal cruelty?

Animal cruelty and neglect occur when someone intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person deprives an animal of food, water or necessary medical care. Some of the signs of cruelty and neglect include the following:

  • Tick or flea infestations
  • Wounds on the body
  • Patches of hair missing
  • An extremely thin or starving animal
  • An owner striking or otherwise abusing an animal
  • Pets with medical conditions/injuries and have not been taken to a vet
  • Pets outside without shelter in extreme conditions
  • Large numbers of animals living in unsanitary conditions
  • Dogs repeatedly left alone without food and water, and often chained
  • An animal left unattended in a vehicle

We’ve compiled a glossary of terms related to animal cruelty.

If you observe an animal that you believe is not receiving proper care, please contact the HBSPCA Protection Team between 9am – 5pm at (905) 574-7722 ext. 401 or email investigations@hbspca.com .

For after-hours emergency calls please contact:  1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625).