Amendments to Saskatchewan’s Animal Protection Act were announced in the Legislature on Monday.
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced changes including broadening the definition of distress and giving animal protection officers the ability to issue corrective action orders explaining locations they can inspect.
Kaley Pugh, Executive Director for Animal Protection Services Saskatchewan says they’re happy to see the new amendments.
“I think there’s a lot of good things in the proposed amendments,” Pugh says. “I’m very excited that the definition of distress is being expanded. There’s lots of good things in there.”
Pugh says before these amendments the act did not provide clear detail to regulations.
“It was just very vague, and so now there’s specific requirements in regards to sanitation,” Pugh says. “So animals that are kept in unsanitary conditions will now be considered distressed, animals that require protection from injuries (in) heat or cold will be defined as distressed. Those are improvements that are significant for us.”
Veterinarians are now also required to report suspected cases of animal cruelty.
The province says the changes give animal protection officers much more clarity on mandatory guidelines.