|Action||Promulgate regulation required by Chapter 1284 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly|
|Comment Period||Ends 12/23/2022|
RE: Online Public Comments – Proposed Regulations for 2 VAC 5-105 (Regulations for the Inspection of Pet Shops Selling Dogs or Cats)
The Pet Advocacy Network works to protect and advance the interests of the responsible pet care community while advocating for responsible, family-owned pet shops across the country and the Commonwealth. We are a responsible community whose work begins and ends with the pet in mind. As such, we concur with the comments submitted by the VPAA, whose proposed amendments are below.
The proposed amendments are below.
Enclosure cleaning requirements
Removing a pet from the enclosure for ancillary cleaning and spot treatment raises huge cross-contamination concerns. This provision was intended to address the cleaning of cages at the Envigo/Cumberland facility that used high-pressure hoses – we use spray bottles and only apply to surface areas, not to the animals.
Power to revoke/suspend pet shop licenses
Currently, the animal care inspector is defined as a licensed veterinary technician appointed by the Commissioner of VDACS. While licensed veterinary technicians are qualified to identify potential hazards to animal welfare, they should not have the authority to revoke or suspend a shop's license or registration. A licensed veterinarian employed by the Commonwealth or the State Veterinarian should be the only individual allowed to revoke/suspend a shop's license. If a veterinary technician conducts an inspection, any potentially hazardous findings should be sent back to a licensed veterinarian or the State Veterinarian for evaluation.
Accommodating for offsite records
As most of our pet shops sell American Kennel Club puppies, which require documents to be saved for 5 years, and the record retention policy we are subject to by § 3.2-6512, utilizing offsite storage is necessary due to the volume of paperwork we are required to maintain.
The Pet Advocacy Network intends to continue to work with the legislature, VDACS, and industry stakeholders to satisfy all concerns and to ensure all Virginians can choose where they get their happy, healthy companion animals.
Senior Director of Government Affairs