The Northern Animal Welfare Unit, run by the Timmins and District Humane Society, is now enforcing animal cruelty laws in Temiskaming-Cochrane, North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, and Timmins.
Earlier this year, the OSPCA stopped enforcing provincial and federal cruelty-related legislation, but some former SPCA affiliates, like the Timmins Humane Society, have stepped up to fill the void.
Each NAWU Inspector has been granted the powers of a peace officer for the purpose of enforcing animal welfare-related legislation. A number of Animal Welfare Inspectors have also been appointed to enforce animal cruelty laws in southern Ontario.
Anyone looking to report potential abuse or cruelty can now call 1-833-9-ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625.)