Animal sentience laws impose new penalties for mistreatment of animals?
Owners will face $4000 fines
Owners will face $4000 fines if their dogs were confined for a full day,
and then not exercised within the next two hours.
The penalty would not apply if a dog was kept in a backyard, where it could exercise, or if it had to be confined indoors for its welfare. The government moved an amendment on Thursday to clarify that an owner would be confining their animal if they were keeping them in an enclosed space, or otherwise restricting their movement.
A $4000 penalty will apply for not providing pets with appropriate food, water, shelter
or a clean and hygenic environment.