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  1:57 pm
Commenter: T. Stevens

Strengthen Proposed Standards of Care for Pet Shops

Our animal shelters, both public and private, are held to high standards in order to operate in Virginia.  Pet shops should be held to the same high standards to protect both animals and consumers.

  • Please, hold pet shop owners accountable when they fail to comply with standards of care.
  • Pet shops should engage a licensed vet to develop protocols around vet care to prevent needless suffering by animals in their care.
  • Please, add to the standard of care that puppies and kittens must always have water.

Thank you for strengthening standards of care for companion animals in pet shops.

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