Cats or dogs; killing of companion animals. (SB1218)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Killing of dog or cat prohibited; penalty. Prohibits the humane killing of a dog or cat that is a companion animal unless the animal poses an immediate physical threat to a person or is in extreme distress and would suffer further as a result of a delay in seeking veterinary care. The bill makes a violation a Class 2 misdemeanor, with any subsequent violation a Class 6 felony. The bill exempts from the prohibition any veterinarian or other authorized person who euthanizes a companion animal under Chapter 65 ( 3.2-6500 et seq.) of Title 3.2 of the Code of Virginia (Comprehensive Animal Care). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103743D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/16/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB1218)
01/18/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1218)
01/19/2017Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2017Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)