Ontario announces new toll-free number for reporting animal abuse

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By Frances Anderson

The Province of Ontario has announced the creation of a new toll-free number for reporting animal abuse or neglect, and appointed Ontario Provincial Police Inspector Paula Milne as the interim chief inspector.

Milne will be responsible for animal protection until the Provincial government develops a new animal protection model. The Ontario Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals has withdrawn inspection services, due to funding, leaving the police to enforce the provincial act.

The toll-free number for reporting  animal welfare concern is: 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625)

Milne has the power to appoint new temporary animal welfare inspectors who may come from local humane societies. Inspectors are to have expertise in livestock and agriculture, horses, and zoos and aquariums.

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