|Action||Promulgate regulation required by Chapter 1284 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly|
|Comment Period||Ends 12/23/2022|
In Virginia, municipal and nonprofit animals shelters must conform to high welfare standards; however, for-profit businesses such as pet stores do not. I strongly believe that pet stores should be held to the same high standards in order to protect the animals they keep/sell and the customers they service.
I am asking that the proposed regulations be amended to hold for-profit animal businesses (such as pet stores) as accountable as we hold municipal and nonprofit animal shelters. In addition, penalties for animal welfare violations also should be put in place.