What are the Laws?

Regina Humane Society Animal Protection Officers enforce two separate pieces of legislation that pertain to animal cruelty and neglect.

The Animal Protection Act of Saskatchewan

This Provincial legislation states that “No person responsible for an animal shall cause or permit the animal to be, or to continue to be in distress. The Act defines distress as:

  • Being deprived of adequate food, water, care or shelter
  • Injured, sick, in pain, or suffering,
  • Abused or neglected.

If found guilty of an offence under the APA, a person may face a fine of up to $20,000 and a lifetime prohibition from owning any animal.
Each province has their own Animal Protection Act legislation.

The Criminal Code of Canada

Section 446 of the Criminal Code of Canada relate to cruelty & neglect.
In the Criminal Code is it is written that “everyone commits an offence who”:

  • willfully causes, or permits to be caused, unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal
  • abandons (an animal) or willfully neglects or fails to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter or care for it

If found guilty of such a Criminal Code offence, a person can be sentenced to a fine of up to $2000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months. The sentence may also include a prohibition of owning any animal for up to 2 years.