2006 Code of Virginia § 3.1-796.83:2 - Written notice of consumer remedies required to be supplied by boarding establishments; penalt...

3.1-796.83:2. Written notice of consumer remedies required to be suppliedby boarding establishments; penalty.

A. A boarding establishment shall give the notice hereinafter set forth inwriting to a consumer prior to the consumer's delivery of the animal to theboarding establishment. Such notice shall be embodied in a written documentand shall state in ten-point bold-faced type the following:

NOTICE

The boarding of animals is subject to Article 3.1 ( 3.1-796.83:1 et seq.) ofChapter 27.4 of Title 3.1. If your animal becomes ill or injured while in thecustody of the boarding establishment, the boarding establishment shallprovide the animal with emergency veterinary treatment for the illness orinjury.

The consumer shall bear the reasonable and necessary costs of emergencyveterinary treatment for any illness or injury occurring while the animal isin the custody of the boarding establishment. The boarding establishmentshall bear the expenses of veterinary treatment for any injury the animalsustains while at the boarding establishment if the injury resulted from theestablishment's failure, whether accidental or intentional, to provide thecare required by 3.1-796.68; however, boarding establishments shall not berequired to bear the cost of veterinary treatment for injuries resulting fromthe animal's self-mutilation.

B. In addition, the boarding establishment shall display the followingnotice, in ten-point bold-faced type, on a sign placed in a conspicuouslocation and manner at the boarding establishment's intake area:

PUBLIC NOTICE

THE BOARDING OF ANIMALS BY A BOARDING ESTABLISHMENT IS SUBJECT TO ARTICLE 3.1( 3.1-796.83:1 et seq.) OF CHAPTER 27.4 OF TITLE 3.1 OF THE CODE OFVIRGINIA. YOU HAVE SPECIFIC REMEDIES WHEN BOARDING ANIMALS IN THIS OR ANYOTHER BOARDING ESTABLISHMENT IN VIRGINIA. A COPY IS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELYUPON REQUEST AND IS TO BE PRESENTED TO YOU AT THE TIME OF INTAKE IN THE FORMOF A WRITTEN DOCUMENT. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT, YOU MAY CONTACT YOUR LOCALLAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANDCONSUMER SERVICES, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.

C. Failure to display or provide the consumer with the written notice asrequired by this section is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor.

(1993, c. 174; 1998, c. 817.)

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