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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11/14/22  5:38 pm
Commenter: T Denby

Standard of Care for Pets in Virginia Pet Stores and Shelters

Please strengthen the standards of care for pets in Virginia pet stores and shelters.

The proposed legislation should be amended to require stronger standards of care in pet shops and meaningful penalties for animal welfare violations. 

Animal shelters in Virginia should be legally required to engage a licensed veterinarian to develop protocols for sick animals in their care.  If a shelter violates the law, they should be fined until the discrepancy is corrected.

These are basic animal rights that Virginians whole heartedly support!

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