HB1095: Pounds, shelters, & pet stores; State Vet. to inspect annually, observance of euthanasia procedure.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1095
Offered January 11, 2006
Prefiled January 11, 2006
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding sections numbered 3.1-796.76:1 and 3.1-796.76:2, relating to inspection of pounds, shelters, and pet shops; civil penalty.
Patron-- Amundson

Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding sections numbered 3.1-796.76:1 and 3.1-796.76:2 as follows:

§ 3.1-796.76:1. State Veterinarian inspection of pounds and shelters; civil penalty.

The State Veterinarian or his designee shall conduct routine inspections of every municipal pound or shelter twice annually, all other shelters shall be inspected once annually. The purpose of the inspection is to determine if a violation of (i) this chapter; (ii) any other state law governing the care, control, or protection of animals; or (iii) any other state law governing property rights in animals has occurred. Inspections shall be unannounced and conducted during normal business hours.

The inspector shall observe an euthanasia procedure if one is scheduled for the day of the inspection, if none is scheduled the inspector shall observe a rehearsal of the euthanasia procedures. 

The pound or shelter shall be reinspected within 30 days to verify completion of corrective measures. Violations that remain uncorrected 30 days from the initial inspection shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 per violation per day. Such civil penalties shall be paid into a special fund in the state treasury to the credit of the Department to be used in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.

§ 3.1-796.76:2. State Veterinarian inspection of pet stores; civil penalty.

The State Veterinarian or his designee shall conduct routine inspections of every pet shop once annually. The purpose of the inspection is to determine if a violation of (i) this chapter; (ii) any other state law governing the care, control, or protection of animals; or (iii) any other state law governing property rights in animals has occurred. Inspections shall be unannounced and conducted during normal business hours.

The pound or shelter shall be reinspected within 35 days to verify completion of corrective measures. Violations that remain uncorrected 35 days from the initial inspection shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 per violation per day. Such civil penalties shall be paid into a special fund in the state treasury to the credit of the Department to be used in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.