Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Regulations for the Inspection of Pet Shops Selling Dogs or Cats [2 VAC 5 ‑ 105]
Action Promulgate regulation required by Chapter 1284 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 12/23/2022
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11/13/22  8:36 pm
Commenter: Pamela Miller

Pet Stores and Regulations in Virginia

My name is Pamela Miller and I am a resident of Rockingham Va. While I support many the proposed changes, including unannounced inspections of all pet shops. I feel more should be included to ensure the welfare of the puppies and kittens.

First, there should be substantial consequences for failing to comply with the standards of care. A pet shop whose permit is revoked should not be permitted to immediately reapply, especially for repeated and agrarious violations. V d a s should also be able to bring civil penalties for regulatory violations, just like it can when enforcing animal shelter standards and most importantly, if a pet shop operator is found to have committed an act of cruelty, the regulations should explicitly prohibit them from obtaining another permit.

Second, Pet Shops should be required to engage a licensedd veterinarian to develop protocols around Veterinary care, medications, pre-sale exams, age appropriate tests and vaccinations. Not only is this something our private and public animal shelters are required to do, but it will also prevent needless suffering due to a lack of veterinary care and protect Public Health from potential zoonotic diseases.

Finally, whilel I appreciate the requirement that puppies and kittens must always have water, the regulations should clarify that water must be provided in a manner suitable to the animals species both puppies and kittens drink by immersing their tongues in water. Unfortunately, most Pet Shops provide water via a drip tube, which is inappropriate for puppies and kittens. And animal shelter would never be allowed to provide water in this way, and neither should pet shops.

          Thank you so much.

           Pamela Miller 

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