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West's Delaware Code Annotated. Title 9. Counties. Part I. Provisions Affecting All Counties. Chapter 9. Dogs. Subchapter i. 910. Dogs deemed personal property; theft; penalty.

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Citation: 9 Del.C. 910 (formerly 7 Del.C. 1708)

Citation: DE ST TI 9 910 (formerly DE ST TI 7 1708)

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 11/2013

Summary:   Dogs are considered personal property in Delaware.

Statute in Full:

(a) All dogs shall be deemed personal property and may be the subject of theft pursuant to Chapter 5 of Title 11. Any warrant of arrest or other process issued under or by virtue of the several laws in relation to the theft of such property may be directed to and executed by any police officer, constable, or dog warden.

(b) The presence of any dog, regardless of age, not confined on the premises of a person other than the lawful owner of such dog shall raise no presumption of theft against the owner or tenant of such premises.

(c) No person shall confine any dog not that person’s own lawful property without contacting the county, an animal control constable, dog warden or other officer within 48 hours of confining such dog and providing the county, animal control constable, dog warden or other officer with a complete description of the dog, the exact location of the premises on which such dog is to be detained and the name of the owner or tenant of such property.


Added by 77 Laws 2010, ch. 428, § 7, eff. July 1, 2010. Amended by 70 Laws 1995, ch. 186, § 1, eff. July 10, 1995; 78 Laws 2012, ch. 266, § 14, eff. June 19, 2012.

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