Dogs, dangerous and vicious; requirements of an owner. (HB271)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Control of dangerous and vicious dogs. Alters the requirements of an owner of a dog that is determined to be dangerous or vicious. The bill establishes requirements for the pre-trial confinement of a dog believed to be dangerous and requires a court, once it has determined that a dog is dangerous or vicious or that the owner of a dangerous dog has violated the dangerous dog statute, to order the owner to pay the expenses of caring for the dog from the time it was taken into custody. The bill also sets conditions on the ownership of a dangerous dog, including by requiring the owner to obtain a registration certificate prior to the return of the animal, raising the registration renewal fee from $85 to $150, and removing the option of the owner to show that the dog is muzzled and confined in a fenced yard until the proper enclosure is constructed. The bill requires that (i) the mandatory warning signs at an owner's residence be visible from any place along the residence's property line, (ii) the animal be fitted with a GPS tracking device, (iii) satisfactory confinement be padlocked, and (iv) the dog's leash while off its owner's property be no more than six feet long and held by a person capable of controlling the dog. The bill raises the minimum liability insurance coverage or bond amount for the owner of a dangerous dog from $100,000 to $300,000. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101274D
01/03/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB271)
01/15/2018Assigned ACNRsub: Subcommittee #1
01/22/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (8-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources