Animal Protection Services in Saskatchewan says it has had fewer animal welfare complaints than past years – with the exception of December.
Executive Director Kaley Pugh says with 59 new files opened last month, that’s the highest number for December in several years.
There have been fewer reports, which Pugh expects is because it was a milder winter last year.
But Pugh says this anomoly could be because of the new set up where Animal Protection Services enforcement work is separate from the Saskatchewan SPCA – which is more about prevention and education.
The APS is run under the Ministry of Agriculture and covers the entire province except for Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.
Pugh says the majority of the complaints that come in are about dogs.
From April to November, there were 207 dog cases and the second largest number was for horses at 68 followed by cattle at 66.
Complaints or reports have also come in about bison, sheep, goats, hogs, fowl, cats and other animals.