Virginia Beach resident promises to persevere after puppy mill legislation fails subcommittee vote

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Sandy, a previously adoptable dog at the Virginia Beach SPCA on Holland Road. (Amy Poulter/Southside Daily)
Sandy, a previously adoptable dog at the Virginia Beach SPCA on Holland Road. (Amy Poulter/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH – After an unanimous passing vote in the senate, SB 1204 was killed in a subcommittee vote on Monday morning.

The bill, which Virginia Beach resident Kara Moran started working on more than one year ago, would have allowed Virginia localities to apply a restriction on pet stores that would ban the sourcing of animals from puppy mills.

Moran said that in 2014 alone, more than 2,000 puppies were shipped to Virginia pet stores in a span of seven months.

Though the legislation failed in a 2–3 vote, Moran said she’s hopeful for future legislation because Virginia Beach subcommittee member Delegate Barry Knight changed his previous no vote to a yes on Monday.

“I definitely will go back with a similar bill next year,” Moran said on Tuesday.