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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 150. Rules and Regulations Governing the Transportation of Companion Animals
6/12/2024

2VAC5-150-70. Care in transit.

During transit it shall be the responsibility of the driver, carrier, or other employee to:

1. Visually observe the companion animals as frequently as circumstances may dictate but not less than once every four hours during surface and air transit, except that where the animal cargo space is not accessible during flight, the animals shall be observed during loading and unloading and whenever the cargo space is otherwise accessible;

2. Assure that the animals are receiving sufficient air for normal breathing;

3. Assure that the ambient temperature around the animal is between prescribed limits;

4. Assure that additional ventilation is provided if temperatures are above 75°F unless the well-being of the animal mandates temperature maintenance above this range;

5. Determine whether any of the companion animals are in obvious physical distress;

6. Provide any needed veterinary care as soon as possible; and

7. Assure that companion animals not be removed from their primary enclosures unless placed in other primary enclosures or facilities conforming to these recommended standards, except that exotic animals shall not be removed from their primary enclosure except in case of extreme emergency and only if such removal will not result in danger to human life.

Statutory Authority

§ 3.2-6501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-02-13 § 2.5, eff. May 13, 1987.

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