Animal Care and Handling

Reporting Concerns about Animal Welfare

 Please notify authorities if you suspect any animal is:
  • lacking adequate food and water
  • exposed to extreme cold or heat
  • not provided with suitable medical attention if wounded or ill
  • confined in an area of insufficient space
  • kept in unsanitary conditions
  • confined without adequate ventilation
  • not allowed an opportunity for sufficient exercise
  • suffering, seriously injured or in extreme anxiety or distress

How to Report a Concern 

Reporting by phone

Contact the Animal Care Line, monitored seven days a week by the Chief Veterinary Office:
  • In Winnipeg: 204-945-8000
  • Toll free: 1-888-945-8001

Reporting by email

Ensure all important information is included in the complaint.

For the City of Winnipeg 


All reports are treated with utmost confidentiality. We do not release names of people who report animal welfare concerns. Your personal information is protected by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and will remain confidential. 

If you are a witness to animal abuse you may be asked to testify in court.

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