Enforcement of Animal Custody Appeal Decisions

Enforcement actions can be taken if

  • The person who filed an appeal does not pay the costs as ordered and/or does not follow BCFIRB animal care orders once an animal is returned
  • The BCSPCA does not return an animal as directed by BCFIRB

If one of the parties (person who filed the appeal or the BCSPCA) is not following a BCFIRB direction or order, the other party can file a certified copy of the direction or order with the B.C. Supreme Court. 

Once the order is filed, if it is determined that the party has not followed BCFIRB’s direction, he or she may be found in contempt of court. Contempt of court may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. There is no time limit on filing a BCFIRB order with the B.C. Supreme Court.