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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.

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A dozen dogs were seized by the Accomack County Sheriff's deputies from a property on Bayside Road yesterday.

Residents had called in expressing their concern about a dead dog and other possible indications of animals being mistreated on the property.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a search warrant issue after the Sheriffs learned of the dead dog along with other problems from a large number of dogs at the location.

Jayanne Walker and Jim Mason told the paper that they had become aware of the situation noting that the dogs were chained up and had no food.

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.


The Safe Haven 19

Dec 5, 2013

They may be called the Safe Haven 19.

A Kentucky artist, who has taken to painting portraits of dogs who have been euthanized, said this group of pictures represents those dogs that were euthanized with the closing of the Safe Haven animal shelter last month.

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As the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary prepares for closure at the end of the month some of the dogs under its care were euthanized because they were unsuitable for adoption.         

The shelter has always been critical of the practice of euthanizing ill-tempered dogs as inhumane.

There could be a new Office of Animal Welfare in Delaware.

It would be housed within the Division of Public Health and given the authority to inspect conditions in animal shelters, kennels and pet stores.

The Animal Welfare Taskforce, headed by state Senator Patricia Blevins, will file a final report by the end of the month.

WILLARDS, Md. (AP) - More than 20 small dogs found living in poor conditions on a property in Wicomico County are being put up for adoption.

David Fitzgerald, executive director of the Humane Society of Wicomico County, says all of the dogs are terrier mixes. Fitzgerald says the dogs were found living in outdoor kennels with high grass and weeds, water bowls that had been turned over and mold and mildew.

The owners of the dogs agreed to give the dogs to the humane society in order to avoid any penalties or enforcement action.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill prohibiting dog owners from leaving their animals tied up all day.

The bill approved Wednesday on a 17-4 vote expands animal cruelty laws to include leaving a dog tethered for 18 hours or more in any 24-hour period. It also prohibits tethering any dog younger than four months old for any amount of time or tethering of a nursing mother in the presence of her offspring.

Bill supporters suggested that behavioral and physical problems of dogs left tied up all day may not be covered under existing animal cruelty laws.


      On the presidential campaign trail, the story of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney putting his dog in a cage atop his vehicle has become the stuff of commentary and comedians.

      However, dog stories have often plagued presidential politics.

      Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse has this look at our nation's leaders and their dog stories.