Animal care; zoos and petting zoos, seizure of animals. (HB1416)

Introduced By

Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine) with support from co-patron Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal care; zoos and petting zoos; seizure of animals. Raises from reasonable cause to probable cause the standard for a belief that animal cruelty laws are being violated for purposes of an application for a search warrant. The bill adds animals located at a zoo or petting zoo, defined in the bill, to agricultural animals as exceptions to the standards for seizure or impoundment of companion animals. The bill also requires that before a seizure can take place at a zoo or petting zoo, a direct and immediate threat to an animal must exist that cannot be corrected in a reasonable time or that the owner is unable or unwilling to correct. The bill requires humane investigators to be residents of the Commonwealth. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102580D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/29/2020Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 4-N)
02/11/2020Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


concerned citizen writes:

These inclusions and strikes are very nessary. My question is what kind of training do your ACO's recieving? You have given them police powers, investigative powers, ability to seize animals, ware house animals in NONINSPECTED facilities that may be worse than current conditions, gain donations via social media extrajudicial statements and have failed to hold them ACCOUNTABLE for damaged or missing inventory.

Do these people have the training equivelent to your Game Wardens? If the answer is no, why not?. You are VERY irresponsible to allow some yahhoos with a 501(c)3 status to just run a muck and ruin peoples lives based off of "accusations" and their opinions as to what "neglect' or "cruelty" even means.

There should be Game Warden training mandated to ANY person/s that you are giving such "duties" to. Period.