Full Statute Name:  West's Annotated Code of Virginia. Title 3.2. Agriculture, Animal Care, and Food. Subtitle V. Domestic Animals. Chapter 65. Comprehensive Animal Care. Article 6. Authority of Local Governing Bodies. § 3.2-6524. Unlicensed dogs prohibited; ordinances for licensing cats

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Primary Citation:  Va. Code Ann. § 3.2-6524 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  October, 2014 Alternate Citation:  VA ST § 3.2-6524 Date Adopted:  1984
Summary:

This Virginia statute provides that it is unlawful for any person to own a dog four months old or older in the state unless such dog is licensed.  With regard to cats, t he governing body of any county, city or town may, by local ordinance, prohibit any person from owning a cat four months or older within such locality unless such cat is licensed.

Statute Text: 

A. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a releasing agency that has registered as such annually with local animal control to own a dog four months old or older in the Commonwealth unless such dog is licensed, as required by the provisions of this article.

B. The governing body of any locality may, by ordinance, prohibit any person other than a releasing agency that has registered as such annually with local animal control from owning a cat four months old or older within such locality unless such cat is licensed as provided by this article.

Acts 2008, c. 860, eff. Oct. 1, 2008.

Derivation:

Acts 1984, c. 492, § 29-213.55; Acts 1987, c. 488; Acts 1988, c. 538; Acts 1993, c. 817; Acts 2007, c. 640; § 3.1-796.85.

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