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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11/1/22  9:31 pm
Commenter: Joanne Filion

Pet shop regulations

I live in VA Beach, VA and am dismayed at the continued procurement of animals from puppy mills funneled into pet shops.  I support unannounced visits by VDACS, but the regulations must go further than this.  At a minimum, pet shops should fall under the same regulations as shelters operated by our cities.  This includes a veterinarian mandated requirements for care and protocol.  Failure to properly care for these animals should result in substantive penalties, to include civil penalties, to protect both animals and consumers.  Further, these puppies and kittens are unable to use drip bottles for water.  We must require pet shops to provide clean water in a bowl allowing them to immerse their tongues.  I’ll never understand how our society can continue to allow the greed that are puppy mills at the expense of animal welfare.  But, the least we can do in the meantime is require proper, humane care at pet shops, required and enforced by VDACS.

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