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  10:12 pm
Commenter: Nancy Mobley

Pet Shop regulations

I would like to see changes brought about to further protect animals that are bred, bought, housed and sold in pet stores. The same regulations at minimum that are required by VDACS for animal shelters should be required for stores that sell animals, not only to protect the animals but also the consumers. These animals are often bred in squalid conditions only to be shipped to a pet shop window to be sold at exorbitant prices to unwitting consumers who are then stuck holding the bag for expensive vet treatments or euthanasia. Any pet store that employs a person convicted of animal cruelty or failure to render veterinary care should have consequences such as loss of permit to sell animals. I feel we owe it to the animals to ensure the environment in which they are kept in is safe, healthy and has proper procedures for their care. 

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