Changes to animal welfare laws tabled

Posted by Erica Jones - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Controversial proposed legislation to change animal welfare laws in Virginia will be tabled this General Assembly session.

The bill, in part, would allow pet store owners and dealers suspected of giving inadequate care to animals, to self-impound them.

Richmond SPCA's Robin Starr says the bill would undo 20 years of progress on laws to protect companion animals in Virginia.

Delegate Lee Ware, who introduced the measure, says further study is needed before moving forward.

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