The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

Bill No. 26

Animal Protection Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 33 of the Acts of 2008, the Animal Protection Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Keith Colwell
Minister of Agriculture

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) October 27, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement December 2, 2014
2014 Statutes, Chapter 40

Explanatory Note

Clause 1
(a) adds a definition of “non-farm animals” to the Act; and

(b) expands the concept of distress to include an animal abandoned, by its owner or by the person in charge of the animal, that is suffering from any of the factors listed in the Act.

Clause 2 clarifies that for inspection purposes a private dwelling is a “private dwelling place”.

Clause 3 allows the Minister, with the approval of the Governor in Council, to make orders relating to non-farm animals

(a) dividing the Province into districts for enforcement;

(b) appointing individuals, organizations or municipalities other than the SPCA to carry out duties and functions in the districts or Province; and

(c) assigning duties and responsibilities to the individuals, organizations or municipalities.

Clause 4 specifies that a cat cannot be sold without a licensed veterinarian’s certificate of health.

Clause 5

(a) allows a lawfully authorized person to attend with an inspector or peace officer on a premise search for an animal;

(b) protects those participating in the search from an action in trespass; and

(c) uses the more precise term “dwelling place” in describing the place to be searched to find an animal.

Clause 6 corrects punctuation.

Clause 7 repeals an unproclaimed provision.

Clause 8 provides that this Act comes into force on proclamation.