Companion animals; adequate shelter and space. (SB1025)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tethering of animals; adequate shelter and space. Provides that outdoor tethering of a companion animal does not meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate shelter, unless the animal is actively engaged in an agricultural or hunting activity, when tethering is conducted during a heat advisory or a severe weather warning. The bill provides that in order to meet the requirement that an animal be given adequate space a tether must be at least four times the length of the animal or 15 feet in length, whichever is greater, and not cause injury or pain, weigh more than one-tenth of the animal's body weight, or have weights or heavy objects attached to it. Current law requires that the tether be at least three times the length of the animal. The bill exempts agricultural animals from existing provisions and these added provisions related to tethering. The bill also authorizes any locality to adopt ordinances that are parallel to or more stringent than the state law regarding the care of companion animals. Amends § 3.2-6500, § 3.2-6543, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


02/15/2019: Passed the House


10/17/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100082D
10/17/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1025)
01/17/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2019Read second time
01/22/2019Reading of amendments waived
01/22/2019Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1025E
01/22/2019Printed as engrossed 19100082D-E
01/23/2019Passed by for the day
01/24/2019Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2019Placed on Calendar
01/29/2019Read first time
01/29/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1025E)
02/12/2019Referred from Rules
02/12/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/12/2019Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #3
02/13/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
02/13/2019Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Committee substitute printed 19106905D-H1
02/14/2019Read second time
02/15/2019Read third time
02/15/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106905D-H1
02/15/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1025H1
02/15/2019Passed House with substitute (71-Y 24-N)
02/15/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (71-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Title replaced 19106905D-H1
02/19/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1025H1)

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