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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12/18/22  11:00 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Pet shop regulations

My mother purchased several years ago a cairn terrier from a VA pet shop. He was 6 months old, had been there for several months. She felt sorry for this pup having been there so long already. Not long after purchase he developed seizures and severe allergies. Even with testing and treatment his seizure disorder continued to worsen. He eventually would passed away due to this. Personally I have had issue with pet shops where I have seen puppies and kittens for sale at ghastly inflated prices (but financing is available). Some have been there for months on end (and I can’t help but wonder what happens to them if they are there past that cute cuddly puppy kitten stage?)  Some state a breed that is without a doubt not what the animal is (maybe cross bred but certainly not purebred, yet they say they are from registered parents.)  Some are clearly not healthy….I’ve seen animals showing lethargy, snotty noses, matted eyes and have been told they’re ok, and vet care has been received. I don’t understand how this can continue. How can they continue to bring in for sale animals that are clearly being misrepresented? They are saying they’re purebred from reputable breeders and healthy when they are anything but. This must stop! It is cruel and inhumane to the animals!!!

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