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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 620. Requirements Pertaining to the Establishment of the Dangerous Dog Registry
7/4/2022

2VAC5-620-30. Initial registration requirements.

A. Unless a dangerous dog has been euthanized or moved out of state, within 30 days of a finding by a court of competent jurisdiction that an animal is a dangerous dog, the animal control officer shall:

1. Provide the owner of the dangerous dog with a copy of §§ 3.2-6540 and 3.2-6542 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter.

2. Collect from the owner of the dangerous dog and verify the accuracy of all of the information required by §§ 3.2-6540 and 3.2-6542 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter, including the following:

a. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all owners;

b. All information necessary to locate the owners and the dog at all times;

c. Identification verifying that all owners of the dangerous dog are 18 years of age or older or the identification of the custodial parent or legal guardian of any owner younger than 18 years of age;

d. The acts that resulted in the dog being designated as dangerous;

e. The parties to the proceeding wherein the dog was found to be dangerous, the docket number and the court where the case was tried, and the requirements imposed by the judge on the owners of the dog;

f. The address where the dangerous dog is maintained and the name of the owner residing at that address;

g. The dangerous dog's name, sex, age, weight, primary breed, secondary breed, color, and markings;

h. Two photographs of the dangerous dog head to paw, one front view and one side view;

i. The number of the dog license issued by the locality;

j. Verification that the dangerous dog has a current rabies vaccination, including expiration date, name, address, and telephone number of the veterinary practice that administered the vaccine and issued the rabies tag number;

k. Documentation from a licensed veterinarian that the dangerous dog has been surgically neutered or spayed to include date of surgery; name of the veterinarian performing the surgery; and the practice name, address, and telephone number;

l. Evidence that the dangerous dog is or will be confined in a proper enclosure or is or will be confined inside the owner's residence or is or will be muzzled and confined in the owner's fenced-in yard until a proper enclosure is constructed;

m. Evidence that the residence is and will continue to be posted with clearly visible signs warning both minors and adults of the presence of a dangerous dog on the property;

n. Documentation that the dangerous dog has been identified permanently by means of electronic implantation, including the name, practice name, address, and telephone number of the veterinary practice that performed the procedure, the identification number, and the microchip company;

o. A copy of the liability insurance coverage from a company licensed to do business in Virginia in the amount of at least $100,000 that covers the owners for damages caused by dog bites. In lieu of liability insurance, the owner may obtain and maintain a bond in surety in the amount of $100,000. The bond shall be made to the chief administrative officer of the locality where one of the owners resides or where the dangerous dog is maintained for the benefit of those damaged by the bite of the dangerous dog. The form of the bond should be approved by the local jurisdiction's attorney; and

p. A signed statement of compliance with the provisions of the order finding the dog dangerous.

3. Complete the Dangerous Dog Registration Form and Registration Certificate with the owner. The Dangerous Dog Registration Form and Registration Certificate shall include all information necessary to ensure continued compliance with §§ 3.2-6540 and 3.2-6542 of the Code of Virginia and this chapter.

4. Provide the owner with a Dangerous Dog Registration Certificate from the local animal control officer or treasurer. The owner shall pay a fee of $150 in addition to other fees that may be authorized by law to obtain this certificate.

5. Provide the owner a uniformly designed Virginia Dangerous Dog tag from the local animal control officer or treasurer that has a unique identification number and identifies the animal as a Virginia dangerous dog.

6. Affix the tag to the animal's collar and advise the owner that the animal must wear the collar and tag at all times.

7. Enter all required information to the Virginia Dangerous Dog Registry within five business days of the completion of the registration certificate and collection of the associated fee.

B. The owner of the dangerous dog shall retain the original Dangerous Dog Registration Certificate so long as the dangerous dog remains in his possession.

Statutory Authority

§§ 3.2-6540 and 3.2-6542 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 19, eff. July 1, 2007; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 10, eff. December 18, 2012; Volume 36, Issue 19, eff. May 11, 2020.

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