Animal Custody Appeals

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCAA), BCFIRB may hear appeals in relation to certain BC Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA) decisions, including:

  • A decision to take custody of an animal,
  • A decision to affirm notice that the animal will be destroyed, sold or otherwise disposed of,
  • The costs for which an owner is liable, and/or
  • The costs that an owner must pay before the animal is returned to the owner.

Appeals must be in writing AND be received by BCFIRB within the following deadlines:

APPEAL TIME LIMITS

Notices of appeal must be made in writing and received by BCFIRB within the following time limits. Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, BCFIRB cannot hear appeals of BC SPCA review or costs decisions submitted outside of the time limits below.

I asked the BC SPCA to review the seizure of my animal.  The BC SPCA reviewed the seizure and told me they will not return my animal.  I am appealing their review decision to not return my animal.

Appeal must be received by BCFIRB within four (4) calendar days of you getting the BC SPCA decision.

Filing fees for these appeals must be received by BCFIRB within six (6) calendar days of you getting the BC SPCA decision.

To calculate the four (4) days, start counting on the day after you receive the BC SPCA decision. If BCFIRB is not open on the 4th day (e.g. weekend or holiday) the time is extended to the next day the office is open.  The same method is used to calculate the six (6) days for the filing fee.

I am appealing the amount of costs the BC SPCA has told me I must pay.

Appeal must be received by BCFIRB within four (4) calendar days of you getting the BC SPCA decision.

Filing fees for these appeals must be received by BCFIRB within six (6) calendar days of you getting the BC SPCA decision.

To calculate the four (4) days, start counting on the day after you receive the BCSPCA decision. If BCFIRB is not open on the 4th day (e.g. weekend or holiday) the time is extended to the next day the office is open.  The same method is used to calculate the six (6) days for the filing fee.

I asked the BC SPCA to review the seizure of my animal.  The BC SPCA has not provided a decision.  I want to appeal the original decision to take my animal.

Appeal must be in writing and received by BCFIRB no earlier than 28 calendar days following your request to the BC SPCA for a review.

Filing fees for these appeals must be received by BCFIRB within two (2) calendar days of the written Notice of Appeal.

To calculate the 28 days, start counting on the day after you requested a review. You can file an appeal on or as soon as possible after the 29th day.

If the above deadlines are not met, you will lose your right of appeal. If you have any questions, please contact BCFIRB by phone at 250-356-8945 (or Toll free 1-800-663-7867) or by email at firb@gov.bc.ca.

See “File an Appeal” under Step 2 and the PCAA Notice of Appeal Form (PDF) form for more information. 

BCFIRB decisions are final and conclusive, but may be judicially reviewed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. 

BCFIRB processes and procedures can be reviewed by the B.C. Office of the Ombudsperson, providing an additional layer of accountability.