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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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