Virginia Bill Would Require Pet Stores to Notify Purchasers of USDA Breeder-Dealer Inspection Report Availability

Virginia House Bill 1451 would require pet shop owners to comply with certain record-keeping requirements for dogs being sold and to post conspicuous notices that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Welfare Act inspection reports for commercial breeding facilities that have supplied the dogs are available for review prior to purchase. Violators would be subject to civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation.