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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11/13/22  5:49 pm
Commenter: Virginia PawsitiVAty Initiative

Stronger Regulations For Virginia’s Pet Stores

Hi there,

Thank you for the regulations which were written over the past two years. I do feel as if they need to be strengthened. We would like for Va pet stores to have similar regulations as our animal shelters.

Also, when a bill was introduced last year to require pet stores to report deaths, like our shelters, why did they have their lobbyist request that those deaths NOT be reported to VDACS????

The pet store in Fairfax Cost tax payers $120,000 and there were multiple dead animals being kept in the freezer. (See article below)

Deaths of cats, dogs and rabbits should have to be reported to VDACS and made public so consumers can research to see how responsible pet stores are and how they take care of their companion animals. Hiding the reports inside the stores tells us everything we need to know.

Please add a regulation mandating pet stores report deaths of dogs, cats and rabbits to VDACS annually. This is about giving Virginia consumers every opportunity  to be an informed consumer before adding a companion animal to their family.

Thank you,

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