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Virginia Administrative Code
6/12/2024

Article 2. Special Standards for Dogs and Cats in Addition to General Standards

2VAC5-150-90. Primary enclosures for dogs and cats.

1. Dogs and cats shall be transported in a manner that during air transit the following animal or group of animals shall have its own primary enclosure:

a. A dog over six months of age;

b. A cat over six months of age;

c. A puppy weighing over 20 pounds;

d. Two kittens eight weeks to six months of age and weighing less than 20 pounds each;

e. Two puppies eight weeks to six months of age and weighing less than 20 pounds each;

f. Litter mates less than eight weeks of age accompanied by their dam.

2. During surface transit, a maximum of 12 dogs or cats shall share a primary enclosure, provided that subdivisions 7 and 12 of 2VAC5-150-30 are met; and

3. Any aggressive dog or cat, irrespective of age and size, shall have its own primary enclosure.

Statutory Authority

§ 3.2-6501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-02-13 § 2.7, eff. May 13, 1987.

2VAC5-150-100. Food and water requirements for dogs and cats.

A. Potable water shall be offered:

1. Within four hours prior to transport by any carrier;

2. At least every 12 hours after initiation of travel by dealers, exhibitors, pet shops and operators of auction sales in their own primary conveyance;

3. At least every 12 hours after acceptance for transportation by any carrier or intermediate handler, except in those cases where the animal cargo space is inaccessible during flight.

B. Food shall be offered by intermediate handlers and carriers after acceptance of any dog or cat for transportation, and by dealers, exhibitors, pet shops and operators of auction sales who transport dogs and cats in their own primary conveyance after transportation is initiated such that:

1. Each dog and cat over 16 weeks of age shall be fed at least once in each 24-hour period; and

2. Dogs and cats less than 16 weeks of age shall have food made available to them at least every 12 hours.

Statutory Authority

§ 3.2-6501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-02-13 § 2.8, eff. May 13, 1987.

2VAC5-150-110. Identification of dogs and cats.

Each dog and cat being transported by any dealer, exhibitor, auction sale or pet shop shall be tattooed, collared, tagged or otherwise appropriately identified in the event of the animal's escape during transit.

Statutory Authority

§ 3.2-6501 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR115-02-13 § 2.9, eff. May 13, 1987.

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