Dog collar; person guilty of misdemeanor if takes an electronic or radio transmitting one from dog. (HB2365)

Introduced By

Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patrons Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), and Del. Bill Fralin (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Larceny of a dog collar; penalty. Provides that any person who commits the larceny of an electronic, radio transmitting, or other collar from a dog is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor; however, if the animal wearing the collar is lost or killed as a result of the collar theft, the person is guilty of a Class 5 felony. The bill also provides that upon a finding of guilt, the court shall order that the defendant pay $1,000 restitution for any dog lost or killed, or greater proven actual damages. Such proven actual damages may include training expenses and lost breeding revenues. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078372498
01/09/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2365)
01/16/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/22/2007Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2007Committee substitute printed 077805498-H1
01/23/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2365H1)
01/24/2007Assigned App. sub: Public Safety (Sherwood)
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077805498-H1
02/05/2007Passed by temporarily
02/05/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2365H1
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House (92-Y 6-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2007Committee substitute printed 072018820-S1
02/13/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072018820-S1
02/14/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2365S1
02/14/2007Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2007Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2007Placed on Calendar
02/16/2007Senate substitute rejected by House (10-Y 87-N)
02/20/2007Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2007House acceded to request
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by House
02/22/2007Delegates: Scott, E.T., Bell, Armstrong
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by Senate
02/22/2007Senators: Stolle, Puller, Quayle
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by House (85-Y 0-N)
02/24/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (85-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2007Reading of conference report waived
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/24/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2365ER)
03/12/2007Signed by President
03/13/2007Signed by Speaker
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 484 (effective 7/1/07)
03/21/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2365ER)
03/27/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0484)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1180.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Isn't a class one misdemeanor a little harsh for taking a dog's collar? It's perhaps somewhat worse than standard theft -- the loss of the token that allows identification of one's dog could easily lead to the loss of the dog itself -- and I can understand separate legislation.

I have to wonder who's stealing dog's collars. Maybe people steal a radio collar to use on their own dog?

Scott White writes:

It might be a felony without this bill depending on the cost of the collar.

I think a class one misdemeanor is fine. My dog's electronic collar cost nearly $80 dollars!!!

Of course, depending on the dog, the class 1 misdemeanor may be the least of his/her worries.