Dangerous and vicious dogs; when owner is charged with a violation, officer shall confine dog, etc. (SB828)

Introduced By

Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Control of dangerous and vicious dogs; penalties. Authorizes an animal control officer or law-enforcement officer to apply to a magistrate for a summons where the officer believes that the owner of a dangerous or vicious dog has willfully failed to comply with the law. The bill clarifies the distinctions between dangerous dogs and vicious dogs, requires the owner of either type of dog to provide basic care while confining the animal, and authorizes a court to order the owner to pay for the care of a dangerous or vicious dog while it is in state custody. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100989D
12/28/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/10/2013Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2013Read second time
01/15/2013Reading of amendment waived
01/15/2013Committee amendment agreed to
01/15/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended SB828E
01/15/2013Printed as engrossed 13100989D-E
01/16/2013Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2013Placed on Calendar
01/25/2013Read first time
01/25/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/06/2013Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2013Read second time
02/08/2013Read third time
02/08/2013Committee amendment rejected
02/08/2013Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB828ER)
02/12/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB828ER)
02/12/2013Signed by Speaker
02/13/2013Signed by President
02/22/2013Governor's recommendation received by Senate
02/22/2013Placed on Calendar
02/23/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 58 (effective 7/1/13)
02/23/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (88-Y 0-N)'
02/23/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (88-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
02/23/2013Reenrolled bill text (SB828ER2)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
02/23/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
02/23/2013Enacted, Chapter 58 (effective 7/1/13)
02/23/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0058)


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.