About animal welfare Animal Cruelty What happens if people don't pay their fines? Under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 and the Sentencing Act 1995, fines for animal cruelty generally become a debt to the State's Consolidated Revenue account (i.e. the fines go to Government revenue). If the offender does not pay the fine, the State Government has a number of options available to them under the Fines, Penalties, Infringement Notices and Enforcement Act 1994 (the FPINE Act) to recover the debt owed. These options include but are not limited to suspending the offender’s driver's and vehicle licenses, enforcement warrants, work and development orders, publication of outstanding fines owed on a public register and ultimately imprisonment. For further information, please refer to the Department of Justice website.