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Responsible for the service Urban Environment Division, City of Helsinki

Animal protection

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Poor treatment of animals or inadequate care can be reported to the animal protection service number.

Animal welfare in Helsinki is monitored by the Supervising Veterinarian.

They make animal inspections based on the reports and, when necessary, give advice in animal protection matters.

Municipal veterinarians are also responsible for monitoring pet shops and other permanent facilities where animals are kept, such as stables.

Tel. 09 310 31531

Background information

If you suspect animal abuse and neglect report this to the municipal veterinarian, the municipal health protection authority or the police. Animals must the protected from distress, pain and suffering in the best possible way and every effort must be made to promote the welfare and good treatment of animals. The Animal Welfare Act contains provisions on animal premises, feed, care and breeding.

Enforcing the Animal Welfare Act is the joint responsibility of municipalities and central government authorities such as the police.

In urgent cases, contact the police by calling the emergency number 112.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceUrban Environment Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Urban Environment Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 1/24/2022