Animal cruelty; narrows exemption to penalties available to owner of dog or cat. (HB140)

Introduced By

Del. Albert Pollard (D-Lively)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to animals.  Narrows the exemption to animal cruelty penalties available to the owner of a dog or cat when his dog or cat is attacked on his property by a dog. Currently, that exemption allows the owner of the injured dog or cat to use all reasonable and necessary force against the attacking dog. The amendment clarifies that "attack" shall only be construed to mean an actual injury or death has occurred to an owner's dog or cat, and not the mere threat thereof. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2010Introduced by request
01/05/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101554D
01/05/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/20/2010Assigned ACNRsub: #1 Agriculture
01/25/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 2-N)
01/27/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2010Read first time
01/28/2010Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/28/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2010Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/16/2010Left in Courts of Justice