Animal care; adequate shelter, exposure to heat or cold. (HB1625)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal care; adequate shelter. Provides that the definition of "adequate shelter" includes the provision of shelter that, during hot weather, is shaded and does not readily conduct heat and, during cold weather, has a windbreak at its entrance and provides sufficient bedding material. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


10/23/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100436D
10/23/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1625)
01/09/2019Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #1
01/14/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
01/16/2019Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2019Read first time
01/21/2019Read second time and engrossed
01/22/2019Read third time and passed House (88-Y 9-N)
01/22/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/07/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2019Committee substitute printed 19106636D-S1
02/11/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1625S1)
02/12/2019Passed by for the day
02/13/2019Passed by for the day
02/14/2019Read third time
02/14/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2019Committee substitute rejected 19106636D-S1
02/14/2019Floor substitute printed 19107057D-S2 (Spruill)
02/14/2019Substitute by Senator Spruill agreed to 19107057D-S2
02/14/2019Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB1625S2
02/14/2019Passed Senate with substitute (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Placed on Calendar
02/18/2019Senate substitute rejected by House 19107057D-S2 (0-Y 98-N)
02/18/2019VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Senate insisted on substitute (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/20/2019House acceded to request
02/20/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/20/2019Delegates: Orrock, Marshall, Keam
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Stuart, Spruill, Stanley
02/21/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/21/2019Conference substitute printed 19107564D-H1
02/21/2019Conference report agreed to by House (84-Y 15-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (84-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by House
02/21/2019Conference report agreed to by House (80-Y 18-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (80-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1625H1)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1625ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1625ER)
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 532 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0532)


Bill T Peabody writes:

people are leaving animals on screened porches- hit them w big fat fines.
Or chain the owners on the porch.
Enforcement is at county/city level,but state should encourage them.

Debra Hawks writes:

It’s unfortunate that we have to legislate proper care of animals but there are many pet owners who leave their dogs out in the freezing cold or heat and exposed to the elements. I’ve seen this occur in extremely severe weather. ALong with this bill there needs to be a fine or other punishment for pet owners who severely malign their animals.

Mark Wood writes:

Local officials should have the power to act on such abuses and the offenders should be subject to significant fines or or other forms of punishment.

Minh Ngo writes:

It's a shame animals are being treated like they're nothing, we do need stricter laws for animal protection.

Minh Ngo writes:

It's finally good to see something Democrats and Republicans agree on, if only it could be like that on the federal level

Anna writes:

This need's to be heard! There is this specific house in my neighborhood, with maybe three or four large dogs. We have experienced some brutal cold weather this year, not to mention during hurricane season how flooded it became. This specific house in my neighborhood has no care in the world for their animals, During the hurricane season their back yard flooded, in which you could visibly see through the wooden fence, one of the dog's was wrapped around the wooden fence outside of the back yard because of the harsh winds from the storm. To let an animal live in such conditions, when these creatures depend on us is inhumane.

Anna writes:

There are so many animal's out there suffering, because of people who show no compassion. There are always stories of arrest being made due to animal cruelty. To even see it for myself in person brings so much pain to my heart.