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2016 SESSION

16104831D
HOUSE BILL NO. 340
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
on February 3, 2016)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Orrock)
A BILL directing the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations for private animal shelters.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. 1. The Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall adopt regulations that establish the purposes of private animal shelters. At a minimum, such regulations shall consider:

1. A requirement that the organization operating a private animal shelter submit to the State Veterinarian the governing documents of the organization, including a statement of the goals of the organization and its adoption policies;

2. The criteria to be used by a private animal shelter for accepting, delaying acceptance, or denying acceptance of an animal into the facility;

3. The number of adoptions completed and other dispositions, including reasons for euthanasia; and

4. Other requirements recommended by the Office of the State Veterinarian.

2. Regulations to be adopted by the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall ensure that no private animal shelter shall be prohibited from operating as a private animal shelter solely on the basis of disposition outcomes in 3.2-6548 of the Code of Virginia.