Senate Bill 201
147th General Assembly (2013 - 2014)
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 3, 16, AND 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE HUMANE KILLING OF ANIMALS HELD IN SHELTERS, ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL PROGRAM AND SPAY/NEUTER FUND, ANIMAL WELFARE LICENSE PLATES, AND AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
This bill clarifies the roles and authority of the Delaware Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare and Delaware Department of Agriculture. The Office of Animal Welfare was established to consolidate and coordinate companion animal programs and address the treatment of companion animals in Delaware by reviewing and determining emerging issues needing attention for the protection of both animals and members of the public. This bill not only authorizes the Department of Health and Social Services to enforce existing shelter standards, the animal population control program and spay/neuter fund, and companion animal welfare license plate funds, all programs previously overseen by the Department of Agriculture, it also establishes an enforcement mechanism to do so. The bill also updates and clarifies the authority of the Department of Agriculture over poultry and livestock species and zoonotic disease prevention, eradication and mitigation.
Takes effect upon being signed into law