I understand that the Clarke County Board of Supervisors is reviewing its zoning policies related to dogs and dog breeding. I am sure they are fully briefed on the pertaining state law here
This legislation was enacted because so many counties found breeding operations, both formal and informal, creating conditions that were violations of state animal welfare laws. When that occurs and the locality has to intervene, the costs can be very significant. In one case, hundreds of thousands of dollars were incurred because of the medical needs and housing requirements of the dogs. While some dog owners deny they are breeders, often an investigation reveals otherwise.
Dozens of intact dogs have little purpose other than to be bred and the puppies sold for money. Furthermore, often the breeder pays no tax on this earned income but the liability falls to the locality when things go wrong.
This legislation passed the General Assembly by a very large majority from all over Virginia because legislators understood this potential liability. I hope you will share this information with your Supervisors as they analyze this important matter.
Sharon Q. Adams, Executive Director Virginia Beach SPCA