CHAPTER 182

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 313

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of all members elected to each house thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend §1325(b), Title 11 of the Delaware Code, by adding the following at the end of paragraph (4):

"; or

(5) captures, detains, transports, removes or delivers any animal known to be a domestic farm animal, pet or companion animal, or any other animal of scientific, environmental, economic or cultural value, under false pretenses to any public or private animal shelter, veterinary clinic or other facility, or otherwise causes the same through acts of deception or misrepresentation of the circumstances and disposition of any such animal."

Section 2. Amend §1325(b), Title 11 of the Delaware Code, by adding the following language immediately following the phrase "paragraph (4) of this subsection," as the same appears within the paragraph beginning "Cruelty to animals is":

"or unless the animal is killed or seriously injured as a result of any action prohibited by paragraph (5),"

Section 3. This Act shall be known and cited as "Christopher's Law".

Approved July 12, 2001