Dog previously found dangerous; owner's failure to comply, disposition of dog. (HB1894)

Introduced By

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dog previously found dangerous; owner's failure to comply; disposition of dog. Directs a court to consider other options for disposition of a dangerous dog after its owner is found to have willfully failed to comply with certain requirements regarding the registration and keeping of the dangerous dog. The bill directs a court, after it has determined the owner's failure to comply, to order the dog disposed of by adoption or euthanasia, but only after the court has found that none of the following options for disposition of the dog is appropriate: (i) the allowance of as much as 30 days to comply with the law, an option existing under current law; (ii) the transfer of the dog to another owner; or (iii) the removal of the dog to another state not bordering Virginia, with a ban on its return. If a dog that has been ordered removed is later found in Virginia, the bill requires the court to order it euthanized immediately. The bill also provides that the new options be available to dangerous dogs that are subject on July 1, 2019, to euthanasia orders. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100911D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #1
01/14/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/14/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/14/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 2-N)
01/21/2019Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 3-N)
02/05/2019Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources