2006 Code of Virginia § 3.1-796.68 - Care of animals by owner; penalty

3.1-796.68. Care of animals by owner; penalty.

A. Each owner shall provide for each of his companion animals:

1. Adequate feed;

2. Adequate water;

3. Adequate shelter that is properly cleaned;

4. Adequate space in the primary enclosure for the particular type of animaldepending upon its age, size, species, and weight;

5. Adequate exercise;

6. Adequate care, treatment, and transportation; and

7. Veterinary care when needed or to prevent suffering or diseasetransmission.

The provisions of this section shall also apply to every pound, animalshelter, or other releasing agency, and every foster care provider, dealer,pet shop, exhibitor, kennel, groomer, and boarding establishment. Thissection shall not require that animals used as food for other animals beeuthanized.

B. Game and wildlife species shall be cared for in accordance withregulations promulgated by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries by January1, 1994.

C. Violation of this section is a Class 4 misdemeanor.

(1984, c. 492, 29-213.38; 1987, c. 488; 1991, c. 348; 1993, c. 174; 1996,c. 249; 1998, c. 817; 2002, c. 787; 2003, c. 1007.)


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