New Va. bill will require shelters to provide bite history of animals

    FILE - (Michael Carroll/Associated Press)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A new law will go into effect on July 1 in Virginia that will make it the first state in the country to require transparency about the bite history of animals in releasing agencies.

    Senate Bill 571 will require releasing agencies, like a pound, animal shelter, or humane society to ask, upon receiving a dog or cat, if that animal has bitten someone or another animal.

    When the animal is adopted, transferred to another agency, or returned to its owner, the releasing agency has to provide information about any bite history to the person taking custody of the animal.

    If the shelter doesn't provide that information, it's considered a Class 3 misdemeanor.

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