creative commons

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware cats are a new protected class under animal control legislation being signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell.

Markell was to sign two bills Tuesday, one relating to cruelty to animals, and the other involving dangerous dogs.

One measure allows first responders to use reasonable force to remove an animal confined in a motor vehicle under conditions likely to cause suffering, injury, or death.

Worcester County Humane Society Website

Worcester County Humane Society is facing some tough times these days.

It’s looking at $400-thousand in red ink and the resignation of its former director after 37 years in the job.

The no-kill shelter has also seen its adoption rate drop while it has more than a hundred cats and some 20 dogs.

Society’s new director Linda Lugo tells WBOC that she has a number of ideas to turn the shelter around including more fundraisers to get the shelter’s house in order.

Local humane society and public health officials are now backing a new ordinance in Somerset County that would require all cat owners to vaccinate their felines for rabies.

The current ordinance only dealt with dogs.

The draft ordinance includes a trap, neuter and release policy for dealing with feral cat colonies rather than euthanasia.

The measure also details how the county will handle cats that could have rabies and allows Animal Control the right to make sure cats are vaccinated.