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Animal Law In Virginia

Posted by Bill on January 15, 2008

cat-dog.jpg  As I mentioned before, animal law is a ripe spcialized investigative field for the future in Virginia, Click here for prior posts Horses in VirginiaShotgunned Puppy, Vick’s Dogs, Cruelty.

Now, this is supported by the Virginia legislators in a Washington Post article today, Click  Post Article.  Virginia’s General Assembly is considering more animal protection lawsw than in past years.  Tomorrow, legislators and Attorney General Robert McDonnell will be in a news conference with the Humane Society of the United States, HSUS, to talk about how important the new proposed laws are.  Be sure to see that. 

Not only that but a bill has been offered to make it a felony to steal a cat–the same penalty for dogs.  Somewhere in the past cats were left out of the stealing animal laws, only dogs were included.  See story Pilot Online  Specifically, the new law would amend VA Code section 18.2-97, Larceny of certain animals and poultry.  So, any person who steals a dog, cat, horse, pony, mule, cow, steer, bull or calf shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony–that is 1 to 10 years or up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $2500 fine. 

I say study up on animal law and hone your investigative skills and chant “We don’t want no more catnappings in Virginia!”

Bill Lowrance

Animal law investigator extraordinaire

President PIAVA

president at piava dot org

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