Virginia bill would save lives of chicken-killing dogs

AP News
Posted: Feb 16, 2016 9:15 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dogs that kill chickens in Virginia would be saved from execution under a bill moving forward in the General Assembly.

The House of Delegates voted 82-17 to approve a bill Monday that would allow poultry-attacking dogs to be microchipped and locked up or sent to a new owner.

Under current law, courts are required to order the immediate killing or banishment to another state of a dog that's found to be killing chickens or livestock.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( that Republican Del. Christopher Collins, who introduced the bill, said it would "solve a great injustice for our family friend, the canine."

The bill initially sought to also grant a reprieve to dogs caught killing cows. But it was narrowed amid objections from rural lawmakers.

It heads to the Senate.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,