(1) Any person who ties or keeps an animal in conditions or in a manner that is likely to cause that animal unnecessary suffering commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $500.
(2) Any person who is the owner of an animal, and who without reasonable cause or excuse abandons the animal or permits the animal to be abandoned and in circumstances likely to cause the animal unnecessary suffering, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $500.
(3) An authorised person may seize and take control of an animal that is suffering as a result of a contravention of this section.
(4) An authorised person referred to in subsection (3) is not liable for the death or injury of an animal that has been seized or impounded in accordance with this Act.
(5) An animal that has been seized in accordance with subsection (3) may be transported to approved premises.
(6) Where, in the opinion of an authorised person, an animal is considered to be suffering from serious injury or disease, the authorised person shall solicit the opinion of a registered veterinary surgeon who may authorise the disposal of that animal in such manner as he or she sees fit.
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