Bailey’s Law heads to governor’s desk

Anita Blanton on Bailey's Law

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – The House of Delegates has unanimously passed a bill protecting pets and their new owners.

Bailey’s Law requires sellers of animals to reimburse certain veterinarian fees if a customer returns or retains a diseased dog or cat. The animal would have to be certified by a veterinarian as being unfit for purchase.

The bill also extends the return period from 10 days to 20 days and requires the dealers to provide an animal history certificate.

In January, the bill passed the State Senate with a vote of 40-0. Nearly a month later, the House of Delegates did the same, again with a unanimous vote of 99-0.

The bill now goes to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is expected to sign it into law.

“The Governor will happily sign this legislation,” Brian Coy with the Governor’s Office told WAVY.com.

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