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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12/20/22  6:11 pm
Commenter: Tara Langston

Cats and Dogs for sale in pet stores

Please vote for stronger regulations for pet stores that sell cats and dogs. These for profit businesses, which usually exacerbate the animal overcrowding and overpopulation crisis by selling purpose based bred mill sourced animals, are subject to only a local animal control agency, usually over a complaint.  The proposed regulations are not meaningful enough to protect the cats and dogs sold in pet stores. Please amend the proposed regulations to require stronger standards of care in pet stores and stronger penalties for animal welfare violations. Thank you. 

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