Cruelty to animals; increases penalty. (HB1874)

Introduced By

Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale) with support from co-patron Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to animals; serious bodily injury; penalty. Provides that any person who tortures, willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain not connected with bona fide scientific or medical experimentation, or cruelly and unnecessarily beats, maims, or mutilates any dog or cat that is a companion animal whether belonging to him or another and as a direct result causes serious bodily injury to such dog or cat is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Current law requires that the animal die for the person to be guilty of the felony. This bill is identical to SB 1604. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/03/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102784D
01/03/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1874)
01/03/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/30/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Committee substitute printed 19106243D-H1
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1874H1)
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106243D-H1
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1874H1
02/05/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1874H1)
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (91-Y 6-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/14/2019Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (HB2642-Levine) (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Reconsidered by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Committee substitute printed 19107355D-S1
02/18/2019Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2019Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Committee substitute printed 19107369D-S2
02/19/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1874S2)
02/19/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1874S2)
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2019Committee substitute rejected 19107355D-S1
02/20/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19107369D-S2
02/20/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1874S2
02/20/2019Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate insisted on amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Delegates: Ransone, Bell, R.B., Mullin
02/21/2019Placed on Calendar
02/21/2019Senate substitute rejected by House 19107369D-S2 (0-Y 99-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2019House acceded to request
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Ransone, Bell, Robert B., Mullin
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: DeSteph, Spruill, Chafin
02/22/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/22/2019Conference substitute printed 19107614D-H2
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2019Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 1-N)
02/22/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1874H2)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1874ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/08/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB1874ER)
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1874ER)
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/18/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 536 (effective 7/1/19)
03/18/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0536)


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