Animal control officers; clarifies duties and responsibilities. (HB1056)

Introduced By

Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal control officers.  Clarifies the duties and responsibilities of animal control officers, who shall be sworn law-enforcement officers with jurisdiction over animal control and protection laws. All sheriffs, police officers, conservation police officers, or other peace officers of the Commonwealth shall be ex officio animal control officers. When in uniform or upon displaying a badge or other credentials of office, animal control officers and deputy animal control officers shall have the power to issue a summons or obtain and execute a search warrant or a felony warrant as necessary. Currently, felony warrants must be executed by police officers. Localities must notify the State Veterinarian within 30 days of any change in the employment and training status of the animal control officers employed by the locality. Such reporting does not currently need to be done within a specific timeframe. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102055D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/26/2010Assigned ACNRsub: #1 Agriculture
01/27/2010Impact statement from DHCD (HB1056)
02/01/2010Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2011
02/03/2010Continued to 2011 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
12/03/2010Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources