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Care Of Dogs And Cats In Pet Animal Facilities

Concerning the care of pet animals in the custody of certain pet animal facilities.
2021 Regular Session
Bill Summary

The act requires each animal shelter and pet animal rescue to:

  • Provide each dog and cat held in its custody with timely veterinary care to address and prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable pain and suffering; and
  • Address the behavioral needs of each dog and cat held in its custody to ensure that the dog or cat is not housed or kept in a manner that fosters stereotypic or self-mutilating behavior.

The act also makes it unlawful for a person to import or cause to be imported any dog or cat for the purpose of sale by a pet animal facility, unless the dog or cat has a certificate of veterinary health and, if the dog or cat is over 6 months old, proof of a rabies vaccination.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details