Full Statute Name:  West's Delaware Code Annotated. Title 16. Health and Safety. Part II. Regulatory Provisions Concerning Public Health. Chapter 30F. Animal Welfare. Subchapter IV. General Provisions Concerning Dogs. § 3050F. Dogs deemed personal property; theft; penalty

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Primary Citation:  16 Del.C. § 3050F Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  February, 2024 Alternate Citation:  DE ST TI 16 § 3050F Date Adopted:  2010 Historical: 
Summary: Dogs are considered personal property in Delaware.

(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 animal welfare officer.

(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 which is not that person's own lawful property without contacting the Department within 48 hours of confining such dog and providing the Department 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. Redesignated from 9 Del.C. § 910 and amended by 80 Laws 2016, ch. 248, § 5, eff. May 25, 2016.

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