Animal care; zoos and petting zoos, seizure of animals. (HB53)

Introduced By

Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine)


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 »


01/03/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee


01/03/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101084D
01/03/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB53)

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