People who leave their dogs in hot cars could face up to a $300 fine, under new regulations introduced by the Minister responsible for animal welfare.
It comes as part of a suite of new regulations which also include fines for transporting sick or injured farm animals to slaughter plants.
"Most animal welfare offences are of a lower level of seriousness, which may not warrant a prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act. These new regulations will introduce penalties and fines to deal with this sort of animal mistreatment," Associate Minister of Agriculture Meka Whaitiri says.
The new regulations will come into force in October this year.