Newfoundland & Labrador


Companion Animals

For small companion animals (primarily dogs and cats), reports are to be made to municipal enforcement authorities.  However, not all municipalities enforce animal welfare laws. Currently, the following municipalities enforce the animal protection provisions:

For emergencies, the public should call the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) or their local RCMP Detachment.  There are two ways to report acts of cruelty.  For emergencies, call 911. For most cases, contact the local detachment of the RNC by phone (animal cruelty is not a crime that can be reported online).  The RCMP does not allow for reporting online (via email, or any other means) for animal cruelty either.

Farmed animals

For concerns relating to farm animals (including horses), contact the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer by calling 709-729-6879 or emailing

Members of the public can call local RNC or RCMP Detachment, to report serious or emergency matters concerning farm animals. Only some municipalities have the authority to investigate reports specifically involving equines. Members of the public can call their municipal office to confirm. If there is no municipal authority, all calls are to be directed to the local RNC or RCMP detachment. Learn more.

Investigations and Enforcement

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the RCMP have the authority to enforce provincial and federal animal laws. They, along with interested municipalities and Conservation Officers with the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, are the primary enforcers of municipal, provincial and federal animal laws. Learn more.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Police Service. It employs approximately 420 police officers and 125 civilian employees working in various aspects of policing.  There is not a dedicated animal protection team. Learn more.


Currently, there are no animal protection statistics freely available for the province. 


Erin Matthews, Crown Prosecutor

Crown Prosecutor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice and Public Safety. She spoke at the 2016 Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference.

Human-Animal Wellbeing and Supports

The Spay and Neuter Assistance Program is run by SPCA St John’s. The program offers low-cost spay and neuter services to low-income persons.