Virginia state law revised the current bond amount required for owners that have had their animals confiscated because of cruel treatment or abandonment. The new law is named HB 999, which says that if the locality has not approved an ordinance, the court may order the owner of the animal to post a surety bond if the animal is held for more than 30 days. The bond must be equivalent to the value of boarding the animal for a period of time that many not surpass nine months. The new law provides that the bond will not be renounced if the owner is found to be not guilty of violating the law.
Eric is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog.