Charlottesville, VA

Written by on July 13, 2014 in Law, Virginia


Charlottesville, VA city code regarding Animal Cruelty


Sec. 4-15. Cruelty to animals generally

(a) Any person who:
(2) Deprives any animal of necessary food, drink, shelter; or (4) in any way furthers any act of cruelty to any animal; or (5) carries or cause to be carried in any vehicle… in a cruel, brutal or inhumane manner, so as to produce torture or unnecessary suffering; or (6) causes any of the above things, or being the owner of such animal, permits such acts to be done by another, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Sec. 4-19. Confinement of animals in vehicles prohibited

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to place or confine an animal or allow an animal to be placed or confined in a motor vehicle under such conditions or for such a period of time as to endanger the health or well-being of such animal due to temperature, lack of food or drink, or such other conditions as may reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death. After making a reasonable effort to find the driver of a vehicle in which an animal is confined, the animal control officer or other law enforcement officer may use the least intrusive means to enter the vehicle if necessary to remove the animal, where reasonable cause exists to believe the animal may die if not immediately removed.

(b) The animal control officer or law enforcement officer removing the animal shall then impound the animal and leave in a prominent place on the motor vehicle a written notice of the animal’s impoundment and where and when the animal may be reclaimed. The owner or person reclaiming the animal shall be responsible for any costs associated with the removal, impoundment and treatment of the animal.

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About the Author

About the Author: My name is Jon Sutz. I am a dog-loving multimedia graphic designer, writer and creative consultant, in Charlottesville, VA (bio). But the most important, joyous job I've ever had, was as "dad" to Shayna, the miracle dog who helped to save my life after 9/11, and about whom I wrote my first book, "Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons From A Miracle Dog." Learn more about Shayna at her website. In tribute to Shayna, I developed to help raise awareness of the dangers of leaving one's dog in a hot car. .


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