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Millville’s Dog Leash Ordinance

Date Posted: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Hello residents/visitors! With the nice weather here — and summer fast approaching — the Town understands this is a beach area, and most people like to let their dogs run or walk free, without a leash; however, to keep the public and other animals safe, the Town would like to inform (and remind) its residents and visitors that the Town and State have a leash law in effect (in effect in the Town per its Chapter 41 since May 24, 2016) prohibiting dogs (no matter how old or docile) to roam “at large” without a leash.

Since the Town of Millville does not have a police department nor an animal control office, if you wish to report a dog “at large” (i.e., any dog that is unrestrained and (1) on property open to the public; or (2) on private property not owned by the owner of the dog, unless a property owner has given permission for such presence), which is a violation of Town & State Code, please contact the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare’s Delaware Animal Services (DAS), by either calling 302-255-4646 (especially if it’s an emergency), or by filling out an online violation complaint form found here.

Anyone who violates this ordinance will be subject to penalties under Delaware State Code § 3048F & 3054F of Title 16, with the specific penalty laid out in State Code Title 16, § 107 Neglect of duty; penalty. The Town ordinance states:

[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Millville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Dogs
[Adopted 5-24-2016 by Ord. No. 17-03]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any dog that is unrestrained and:

On property open to the public; or

On private property not owned by the owner of the dog, unless a property owner has given permission for such presence.
Either a male or female canine.
Any person or persons, firm, association or corporation owning, keeping, maintaining, or harboring a dog.
Any piece of real or personal property, including vehicles, shrubbery, flowers, other plants, and land.
To wander, rove, ramble, or move about at will, unrestrained off the premises of its owner.
Not under the control of a human being by cord, leash, chain or similar physical restraint, which does not include voice control.
It shall be unlawful for any owner of any dog to permit the dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to run at large within the corporate limits of the Town.
This article shall not apply to any specially trained companion dog actually accompanying a disabled person or any police work dog engaged in police work.
Thank you for your cooperation. For any further information, please contact the Town office at 302-539-0449; or, to file a complaint, please contact the Delaware Animal Services at 302-255-4646.