Legislative Overview - Mandatory Reporting - Page 10

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Ontario) Act Regulation Purpose of the Act/ Regulation Requirement to Report Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, RSO 1990, c O.36, s 11(3) N/A The Act sets out the standards for the care of animals, defines the powers of the OSPCA in relation to the protection of animals and defines the provincial offences that may be applied to an individual found to have caused or permitted distress in an animal(s). A veterinarian is required to report when there are reasonable grounds to believe that an animal has been or is being abused or neglected. Veterinarians are required to report when abuse or neglect is suspected but also the belief itself. Veterinarians should be able to identify when abuse and/or neglect might be occurring by recognizing when an animal is in distress and when the custodian or caregiver is either causing the distress by abuse or by not taking appropriate measures to address it through neglect. When these two conditions are met, whether the animal is a patient of the veterinarian or not, veterinarians are required to report his/her belief that abuse and/or neglect may be occurring to the OSPCA. In cases of neglect, it is recommended that veterinarians first explain to the owner/custodian that the animal’s condition will be considered one of neglect if not addressed appropriately in order to allow the client/custodian the opportunity to relieve the animal’s current (and prevent any future) distress through client education. Time Frame to Submit Who Receives the Report How to Submit As soon as reasonably possible and preferably within 24 hours of identifying the abuse or neglect Inspector or Agent at the local OSPCA. Reports can be submitted to the local OSPCA or the provincial reporting telephone line 310-7722 or email cruelty@ ospca