Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs, civil penalty. (SB1390)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs; civil penalty. Authorizes any public or private animal shelter, releasing agency, or hospital or clinic that is operated under the immediate supervision of a duly licensed veterinarian to operate a trap, neuter, and return program, as defined in the bill. The bill exempts volunteers of such program from provisions related to abandonment and licensing of animals and exempts the operator from general requirements of shelters related to holding periods, release of animals, and recordkeeping. A person who violates certain required provisions for such a program is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $150 brought by any animal control officer, humane investigator, releasing agency, or the State Veterinarian or State Veterinarian's representative. Read the Bill »


01/18/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102789D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1390)
01/25/2021Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered

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