Dangerous dog registry; changes procedure for registering. (HB537)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dangerous dog registry.  Changes the procedure by which dangerous dogs are registered in Virginia. The bill requires an animal control officer, instead of the State Veterinarian, to post dangerous dog registration information on the registry website. Currently, the animal control officer provides a copy of the registration certificate and verification of compliance of the owner with the registration procedures to the State Veterinarian. The owner of an animal found to be a dangerous dog has to obtain a registration certificate from the local animal control officer or treasurer with 45 days. The current law requires the owner to obtain a certificate within 10 days. The fee for the certificate is increased from $50 to $150. By January 31 of each year, the certificate has to be updated and renewed by the owner at a fee of $85. A portion of the fees collected shall go to the State Veterinarian to maintain the registry.


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100989D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Agriculture
01/18/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB537)
01/30/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/2012Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Read first time
02/03/2012Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/06/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/16/2012Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Read third time
02/21/2012Passed by for the day
02/22/2012Read third time
02/22/2012Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB537ER)
02/27/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB537ER)
02/27/2012Signed by Speaker
02/28/2012Signed by President
03/13/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 236 (effective 7/1/12)
03/13/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0236)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB305.