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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11/16/22  1:51 pm
Commenter: Christine Llewellyn

Proposed draft regulations for pet stores that sell dogs and cats

I am writing to ask VDACS to strengthen regulations and penalties for violations of state law, similar to those in place currently for animal shelters, specifically, a $1,000/day fine for every day a violation goes uncorrected.

In addition, multiple pet stores across Virginia have failed to comply with a sensible, easy-to-follow law requiring them to display a sign stating that U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports for the breeders whose puppies they sell are available to customers prior to purchase. This should be information available to potential animal adopters.

Thank you.

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