Dogs or cats; rental or lease prohibited, civil penalty, exception. (SB1065)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Rental or lease of dog or cat prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits the rental or lease of a dog or cat to a consumer, including by a purported sale of the animal in a manner that vests no permanent ownership in the consumer at the time of the purported sale. The bill prohibits the sale of a dog or cat in which the animal is used as collateral for the agreement or is subject to repossession upon default of the agreement and prohibits any financial institution from offering a loan for which the animal is used as collateral. The bill provides that the Attorney General may bring a civil action to enforce the bill's provisions and that a violator may be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000. A pet shop, commercial dog breeder, dealer, or other business that violates the provisions of the bill also may have its business license, retail license, or local pet shop permit suspended or revoked. The bill exempts certain animals from its prohibitions, including purebred dogs leased for breeding; dogs or cats used in spectator events, motion pictures, racing, or other entertainment; and service dogs, guide or leader dogs, security dogs, law-enforcement dogs, military working dogs, and certified facility dogs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101056D
12/10/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/17/2019Committee substitute printed to LIS only 19105137D-S1
01/17/2019Passed by indefinitely in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)