Cruelty to animals; serious bodily injury, first offense, penalty. (HB27)

Introduced By

Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to animals; serious bodily injury; first offense; penalty. Provides that a person who commits an act of animal cruelty that results in serious bodily injury to or the death or euthanasia of an animal is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Current law requires that the person have been convicted of an act of cruelty within the past five years and that an animal die as a direct result of the current or past act of cruelty before the violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill expands the authority of a court to order anger management treatment from cases of misdemeanor cruelty to all cases. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/19/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100519D
11/19/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
11/21/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB27)
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB27)
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/22/2020Stricken from docket by Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)