Cruelty to animals; aggravated cruelty, penalty. (SB729)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to animals; aggravated cruelty; penalty. Provides that a person who commits an act of aggravated cruelty on a companion animal is guilty of a Class 6 felony. The bill defines "aggravated cruelty" and "torture." The bill increases from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony the penalty for torturing, killing, or willfully inflicting inhumane injury or pain to a dog or cat. Current law requires that the dog or cat die as a direct result of the torture or cruelty before the violation is a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100183D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/17/2018Impact statement from VCSC (SB729)
01/17/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB729)
01/18/2018Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2018Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/22/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2018Committee substitute printed 18105594D-S1
01/22/2018Rereferred to Finance
01/23/2018Impact statement from VCSC (SB729S1)
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB729S1)
01/31/2018Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)