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RICHMOND — The General Assembly has voted to prohibit any new fox pens from opening up and phasing out the existing ones over the next 40 years.
The practice of fox penning involves releasing an animal — usually foxes, but also coyotes — in a fenced-in space for dogs to chase. Laura Donahue, Virginia director for the Humane Society, said one of those fox pens is located in Carroll County.
“The last legal blood sport” in Virginia, she called it at a 2012 meeting with animal advocates from the region held at the Carroll County Public Library.
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