Pet dealers; reimbursement of certain veterinary fees to consumer. (SB228)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pet dealers; diseased animals; veterinary certificate. Requires a pet dealer to reimburse certain veterinary fees when a consumer returns or retains a diseased dog or cat, live or dead, that has been certified by a veterinarian as being unfit for purchase. Current law requires the pet dealer to refund the purchase price or exchange the unfit pet for a pet of equivalent value. The bill extends the return or reimbursement period from 10 to 20 days and eliminates the condition that the animal be pedigreed. The bill also requires a dealer to provide an animal history certificate when the consumer takes possession of a dog or cat and incorporates information on the refund provision into the text of the required notice document. The bill requires certain dealers to record and post certain information about the breeder of each animal. Amends § 3.2-6512, § 3.2-6514, § 3.2-6515, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/03/2014 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101219D
  • 01/03/2014 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 01/09/2014 Impact statement from DPB (SB228)
  • 01/23/2014 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/23/2014 Committee substitute printed 14104335D-S1
  • 01/27/2014 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
  • 01/28/2014 Passed by for the day
  • 01/29/2014 Read second time
  • 01/29/2014 Reading of substitute waived
  • 01/29/2014 Committee substitute agreed to 14104335D-S1
  • 01/29/2014 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB228S1
  • 01/30/2014 Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/07/2014 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/07/2014 Read first time
  • 02/07/2014 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
  • 02/14/2014 Assigned ACNRsub: Agriculture
  • 02/17/2014 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
  • 02/19/2014 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/19/2014 Committee substitute printed 14105134D-H1
  • 02/20/2014 Read second time
  • 02/21/2014 Passed by for the day
  • 02/24/2014 Passed by for the day
  • 02/25/2014 Passed by for the day
  • 02/26/2014 Passed by for the day
  • 02/27/2014 Read third time
  • 02/27/2014 Committee substitute agreed to 14105134D-H1
  • 02/27/2014 Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB228H1
  • 02/27/2014 Passed House with substitute (99-Y 0-N)
  • 02/27/2014 VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/03/2014 House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/03/2014 Title replaced 14105134D-H1
  • 03/06/2014 Enrolled
  • 03/06/2014 Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB228ER)
  • 03/06/2014 Impact statement from DPB (SB228ER)
  • 03/06/2014 Impact statement from DPB (SB228H1)
  • 03/06/2014 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/09/2014 Signed by President
  • 03/31/2014 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 448 (effective 7/1/14)
  • 03/31/2014 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0448)


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 1 minute.