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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11/17/22  1:40 pm
Commenter: K. Eigler

Pet Store Standards need Strengthening

As written, the regulations do not hold pet stores accountable enough--they need to be significantly strengthened.  As written, the lack of civil penalties in the current wording means that pet shops with animals obtained from "breeders" have no incentive to care for sick animals, nor are they held accountable for purchasing inherently sickly animals from puppy mills and unregulated sources.  This pro-business stance means that animals suffer from the lack of enforceable rules, including that they show USDA inspection reports and/or revealing the source of their animals.  As a Virginia resident, I want to see pet stores follow the same rules as shelters, it protects not only the animals but the consumers who unwittingly purchase an expensive overbred animal with multiple health issues.

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