Dog collar; person guilty of misdemeanor if takes an electronic or radio transmitting one from dog. (SB1180)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)


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 »


03/21/2007: signed by governor


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 073099820
01/10/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1180)
01/18/2007Committee substitute printed 077801820-S1
01/19/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/22/2007Read second time
01/22/2007Reading of substitute waived
01/22/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077801820-S1
01/22/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1180S1
01/23/2007Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/23/2007Communicated to House
02/05/2007Placed on Calendar
02/05/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/19/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Committee substitute printed 077850820-H1
02/20/2007Read second time
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077850820-H1
02/21/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1180H1
02/21/2007Passed House with substitute (93-Y 4-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House substitute rejected by Senate (3-Y 36-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (3-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House insisted on substitute
02/22/2007House requested conference committee
02/22/2007Senate acceded to request (30-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (30-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by Senate
02/22/2007Senators: Stolle, Rerras, Blevins
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by House
02/22/2007Delegates: Scott, E.T., Bell, Armstrong
02/24/2007Conference substitute printed 077048820-S2
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by House (91-Y 0-N)
02/24/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2007Reading of conference report waived
02/24/2007Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1180ER)
03/12/2007Signed by President
03/13/2007Signed by Speaker
03/21/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1180ER)
03/21/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 721 (effective 7/1/07)
04/05/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0721)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2365.


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.