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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11/15/22  12:01 pm
Commenter: Dawn Carter

Animal welfare standards for pet shops

I am adding my voice to the call for stronger regulations regarding animal welfare for animals in pet stores. 

I believe pet stores should no longer be allowed to sell animals and should be required to partner with animal rescues to help with the pet over population but if that is not going to happen just yet they should be held to the same standards of care that Virginia animal shelters are required to provide.

They should be inspected at least as often as those same shelters if not more often. 
Thank you

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