What if an owner fails to properly care for a pet? We talked last week about behaviour towards an animal that amounts to extreme cruelty. Such acts would be punishable under the Criminal Code.
But to be punishable these kinds of behaviour require a certain amount of criminal responsibility on the part of the accused. The defendant has to be given the benefit of the doubt.
But what about treatment by an owner of an animal that isn't criminal, but is still unfair to the animal? For example, what if an owner leaves a dog locked up in a tiny cage for days on end without letting it out or cleaning the cage? Or what if the owner doesn't provide adequate food for the dog?
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