Now it's illegal not to walk your dog: huge fines for owners who don't bring their pets every day under new laws
- Owners are fined $ 4,000 if their dog is kept indoors all day and not exercised
- The new laws recognize that animals feel emotions such as pain and suffering
- People who don't feed and shelter their animals also earn $ 4,000
Under heavy new laws, pet owners are fined $ 4,000 if they do not walk their dogs every day.
The legislation recognizes that animals are sensitive creatures that have the ability to feel their environment and experience sensations such as pain, suffering or pleasure.
From March next year, pet owners in the ACT will be faced with the high fines if their dog is locked in for a whole day and not exercised within the next two hours.
When the legislation enters into force within the ACT within six months, owners will be fined $ 4,000 if their dog is locked in for a whole day and not exercised within two hours (stock image)
Owners would not be fined if their dogs are kept in a back yard where they can run around or if it has to be kept indoors for their own good, The Canberra Times reported.
The ACT government submitted an amendment on Thursday stating that animals such as & # 39; restricted & # 39; be considered if their movements in a confined space are restricted.
Pet owners who do not provide their animals with sufficient food, water and shelter can also pay a $ 4,000 fine.
ACT residents involved in dogfighting and other violent animal businesses receive fines of up to $ 48,000 and three years behind bars.
Minister of city services Chris Steel said the move was already too late.
& # 39; Unfortunately we have seen recent incidents in our city of animal welfare crimes and we need laws that allow us to take appropriate, balanced action against people doing the wrong thing, & # 39; he said.
The first reform in Australia comes less than 24 hours after a bill to legalize marijuana in the ACT parliament on Wednesday.
Pet owners who do not provide their animals with sufficient food, water and shelter can also pay a $ 4,000 fine
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