HB 84

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 152nd General Assembly (2023-2024)
  • Introduced in House Mar 15, 2023
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

An Act To Amend Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Enforcement Of Laws For Protection And Control Of Animals And Barking Dogs.


This Act clarifies that police officers shall assist the Office of Animal Welfare and Department of Agriculture, as occasion requires, in enforcement of all laws for protection and control of animals. The Act prohibits the owner or person in possession or control of a dog from allowing the dog to bark for an extended period, defined as continuously for 15 minutes or more, or intermittently for 30 minutes or more. The Act exempts barking dogs if someone is trespassing on private property where the dog is located. The Act also exempts animal shelters, pet stores grooming facilities, veterinary offices and animal clinics. The Act also transfers the authority to impose and collect fines and penalties, for violations of laws relating to protection and control of animals, under this title to the enforcing agency. This Act takes effect on January 1, 2024.

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Apr 25, 2023


Stricken in House

Mar 29, 2023


Not Worked in Committee

Mar 15, 2023


Introduced and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

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Health & Human Development

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