Companion animals; changes penalty to Class 6 felony for cruelty to animals. (SB1147)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to animals; companion animals; penalty. Changes from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony the penalty for torturing or willfully inflicting inhumane injury or pain to a companion animal, defined as a domestic or feral dog, domestic or feral cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit not raised for human food or fiber, exotic or native animal, reptile, or exotic or native bird. Current law requires that the animal die as a direct result of the torture or cruelty and that the companion animal is a dog or cat before the violation is a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102430D
01/09/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/12/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB1147)
01/18/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1147)
01/19/2017Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Committee substitute printed 17104516D-S1
01/19/2017Rereferred to Finance
01/23/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB1147S1)
01/25/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1147S1)
01/31/2017Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Eva King writes:

Thank you for introducing this bill. I support it fully.