Dog boarding establishments; group play requirements, penalty. (HB79)

Introduced By

Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News) with support from co-patron Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dog boarding establishments; group play requirements; notice; penalties. Requires an employee of a dog boarding establishment to be present at all times that a dog is able to have physical contact with another dog. The bill limits the number of dogs that may have physical contact at any given time based on certain weight classifications. Failure to adequately supervise dogs in group play is established as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also requires notice of risk of group play for dogs to be given to consumers. Failure to provide notice of the risk of group play is established as a Class 3 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/06/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100596D
12/06/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB79)
01/15/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/15/2018Assigned ACNRsub: Subcommittee #1
01/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
01/24/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Committee substitute printed 18105704D-H1
01/26/2018Read first time
01/29/2018Passed by for the day
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB79H1)
01/30/2018Read second time
01/30/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105704D-H1
01/30/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB79H1
01/31/2018Passed by for the day
02/01/2018Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/01/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice