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Old 08-31-2008, 07:45 PM
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Can someone direct me to the rules on getting pets - specifically dogs - licensed/tagged? I know where we are there is no leash law, but I'm not sure whether they need to be tagged. What is required for the tags? Just rabies shots, or anything else? Thanks!
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Old 09-01-2008, 04:04 AM
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Where are you in Virginia? It is likely that you are suppose to have a county or city tag for your dog. Look at Virginia Code 3.2-6529, effective October 1, 2008, which states:

A. Each veterinarian who vaccinates a dog against rabies or directs a veterinary technician in his employ to vaccinate a dog against rabies shall provide the owner a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate. The veterinarian shall forward within 45 days a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate or the relevant information contained in such certificate to the treasurer of the locality where the vaccination occurs.

The rabies vaccination certificate shall include at a minimum the signature of the veterinarian, the animal owner's name and address, the species of the animal, the sex, the age, the color, the primary breed, whether or not the animal is spayed or neutered, the vaccination number, and expiration date. The rabies vaccination certificate shall indicate the locality where the animal resides.

B. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of each vaccinated animal that is not already licensed to apply for a license for the vaccinated dog. Beginning January 1, 2008, if the treasurer determines, from review of the rabies vaccination information provided by veterinarians, that the owner of an unlicensed dog has failed to apply for a license within 90 days of the date of vaccination, the treasurer shall transmit an application to the owner and request the owner to submit a completed application and pay the appropriate fee. Upon receipt of the completed application and payment of the license fee, the treasurer or other agent charged with the duty of issuing the dog licenses shall issue a license receipt and a permanent tag. The treasurer shall retain only the information that is required to be collected and open to public inspection pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter and shall forthwith destroy any rabies vaccination certificate or other similar record transmitted by a veterinarian to a treasurer pursuant to this section.

The treasurer shall remit any rabies vaccination certificate received for any animal owned by an individual residing in another locality to the local treasurer for the appropriate locality.

Any veterinarian that willfully fails to provide the treasurer of any locality with a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate or the information contained in such certificate may be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $10 per certificate. Monies raised pursuant to this subsection shall be placed in the locality's general fund for the purpose of animal control activities including spay or neuter programs.

A similar statute already exists. It will be repealed when this one becomes effective.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:30 AM
Location: Va Beach
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Yep, the vets automatically send rabbies vaccines to the city. You can purchase your dog license online as well. VaBch has leash laws
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:33 PM
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We are in Bedford County, towards the edge of Vinton.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:24 PM
Location: Southeast of the Northwest Territories
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Dog Licenses

All dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies.
Dogs who are four months old by Jan. 31 of each year must be licensed.

License fee (one year) is $5 for spayed and neutered dogs and $10 for non-neutered dogs. Three year licenses are $15 for spayed or neutered dogs and $30 for non-spayed/neutered animals.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:07 PM
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so is there a leash law in bedford county VA? or the town of goodview VA?
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:56 PM
Location: Winchester VA
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chek out municode.com. They may have the regulations for your city or county. If not, you can make a call to your local government offices. Also, leash laws vary from location to location. In more rural counties where I used to live, there was no leash law. However, our local homeowners' association did initiate one.
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