Companion animals; prohibits tethering of animals outdoors unless owner is outdoors. (HB1802)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Care of companion animals; tethering; penalty. Prohibits tethering of companion animals outdoors unless the owner is outdoors within sight of the animal. A violation of this prohibition is a Class 4 misdemeanor and a second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101042D
01/09/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/16/2017Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1802)
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/2017Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


Eva King writes:

I support this bill. There are far too many cases of irresponsible dog owners, who leave their dogs permanently chained up outside. We have several cases of such animal abuse in our neighborhood, where dogs are chained to a tree year-round. Animal control cannot take action against such owners unless this or a similar bill is enacted.