Millville

"A Beautiful Way of Life"

Dogs/Animals

Dog Control:

  • The Town understands this is a beach area — and most people like to let their dogs run 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, or by filling out an online violation complaint form found here.

Dog Licensing:

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  • All dogs, 6 months of age or older on or before March 1 of the year in which an application is made, must be licensed within the State of Delaware. Licenses are valid for 1, 2 or 3 years from date of purchase. A 2-year license may be purchased if there is more than 1 year left on the rabies vaccination, or a 3-year license if there are more than 2 years remaining on the rabies vaccination. You may pay for a State dog license by clicking here: https://animalservices.delaware.gov/services/dog-licensing/individuals
  • Payment for your license is due within 30 days of the license expiration date, or within 30 days of acquiring a dog over the age of 6 months in the State of Delaware. 
  • A late fee will be added to each license purchased more than 30 days after the license expiration date, or more than 30 days after acquiring a dog over the age of 6 months in the State of Delaware.
  • License fees are $10.00 for spayed/neutered dogs for 1 year, $15.00 for unsterilized dogs for 1 year.
  • Seeing eye, lead or guide dogs or dogs that have previously served in a branch of the United States armed forces must be licensed but are exempt from the licensing fee.
  • Current rabies vaccinations are required for licensing. The expiration date for the rabies vaccination must occur after March 1 of the year for which the the dog license is valid.
  • One, two or three year licenses may be purchased, dependent upon the expiration date of the rabies vaccination.
  • If a dog license is not obtained on or before March 1, a fine of $50.00 is possible. Subsequent offenses within 12 months of a prior offense could result in fines of $100.00.
  • Lost tags require purchase of a new license.
  • For questions regarding licensing, call 1-877-730-6347 or visit the State of Delaware’s Pet Data website at www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/dlw.