August 12, 2007

Dover, Delaware

The city of Dover is proposing the following at their next meeting on 

 In the Dover City Hall Caucus Room
Public comments are welcomed on any item and will be permitted at appropriate times. When possible, please notify the
 City Clerk (736-7008 or e-mail at should you wish to be recognized.
To keep this note short and to the point, I will include only pertinent info from the proposed ordinance.  I will
 supply the complete 72 page document upon request.
Dangerous Breed Dogs shall mean:
(1) Akita, Cane Corsa, Chow-Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, any
 Staffordshire terrier; or a mix of any of the specified breeds; and
(2) Dogs which have been registered at any time as any of the specified breeds; and
(3) Dogs which have the appearance of being predominantly of the breed of dogs as listed on the dangerous breeds list.
 A dog shall be deemed to have the "appearance of being predominately of the breed of dogs" if the dog exhibits the
  physical characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or the
   United Kennel Club for any of these breeds.
(a) No person residing within the city shall possess, own, harbor or care for an animal over the age of four months
 unless such animal can be identified by a recognized microchip that has been implanted in the animal by a licensed
  veterinary facility or the Kent County S.P.C.A. and has been allocated a unique identification number and registered
   with the Kent County S.P.C.A. pursuant to the following procedures:
(d) (1) Every dangerous animal shall be confined by its owner or authorized agent of its owner within a building or
 secure enclosure and, whenever off the premises of its owner or the owner's agent, shall be securely muzzled and be
  restrained with a chain having a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds and not more than three feet in length, or be
No person convicted of a felony crime of violence and/or a felony drug conviction within the past ten (10) years shall
 be permitted to own or possess a dangerous breed dog or dangerous dog or animal.
(e) Certification by a licensed veterinarian that the dangerous breed dog has been neutered or is incapable of enduring
 neutering (in the case of a male dog) or the dangerous breed dog has been spayed or is incapable of enduring spaying
  (in the case of a female dog). Under no circumstances shall a dangerous breed dog that has not been neutered or
   spayed be registered, except where the dog meets the criteria of subsection (2) of this section.
Proof of home ownership (e.g., deed, homeowner's policy, mortgage coupon) or lease with express written permission from
 the landlord allowing said dog to be harbored on the premises. (2) A provisional registration will be granted for a
  period of 12 months, subject to renewal, if the following criteria are met:
a. The dog is American Kennel Club (AKC) and/or United Kennel Club (UKC) registered and has actively competed as a show
 dog in either AKC or UKC sanctioned events within the past year;
b. The dog has passed a dog obedience class;
c. The dog is certified annually as a "canine good citizen" by the AKC; and...

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Tony DePrima, City Manager

Beverly C. Williams

Representative - At-Large
Carleton E. Carey, Sr.

Council President - 4th District
Reuben Salters

Representative - 1st District
Kenneth L. Hogan

Representative -2nd District
Eugene B. Ruane

Representative - 2nd District
William P. McGlumphy

Representative - 3rd District
James G. McGiffin

Representative - 3rd District
Timothy A. Slavin

Representative - 4th District
Sophia R. Russell