CHAPTER 256

RELATING TO DELAWARE SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE DELAWARE SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (two-thirds of all the Members of each House concurring therein):

Section 1. That 2556, Sec. 58, Chapter 70 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby amended by striking out and repealing said section and substituting in lieu thereof a new section as follows:

2556. Sec. 58. Incorporation: The Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is incorporated and made a body politic and corporate in law.

(a) Objects: The objects of the Society are to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the State of Delaware and to conduct a program of education designed to eliminate acts of cruelty to animals.

(b) Powers: The Society shall have the power to enforce all laws enacted for the protection of animals; to purchase, print, and circulate books and publications designed to promote the objects of the Society; to appoint or employ such agents or employees as the Board of Managers may from time to time deem necessary; to sue and be sued, in its corporate name, in any court in this State or elsewhere; to exercise all of the legal incidents common to a body corporate, including the right to use a seal, to receive legacies and donations, to acquire by purchase and transfer by sale, lease or mortgage real estate or any interest therein; to make and perform contracts of every kind with any person, corporation, government, state, county or municipality which are designed to promote the objects of the Society.

(c) Offices: The principal office of the Society shall be located in the County of New Castle, but the Society is authorized and empowered to establish branch offices at any place or places within the State of Delaware.

(d) Existence: The Society shall have perpetual existence.

() Management: The affairs of the Society shall be conducted by a Board of Managers, at least twenty in number. The Board of Managers shall be selected by majority vote of the members of the Society present and voting at a meeting called for that purpose, for such periods, at such times, and in such manner as may be provided in the by-laws. The Board of Managers shall have those powers and duties prescribed in the by-laws and otherwise given by the laws of this State to corporate Directors.

(a) Membership: Membership in the Society shall be open to all persons interested in the objects of the Society; provided, however, that the by-laws may prescribe conditions of membership, including an annual dues or assessment. The private property of the members of the Society shall not be subject to the payment of Society debts to any extent whatsoever.

(b) Officers: The officers of the Society shall be selected by the Board of Managers and shall be those officers provided for in the by-laws.

(c) By-laws: The Society shall have the power to adopt a code of by-laws; said by-laws shall be binding upon the Society and its members until modified or rescinded by a majority vote of those members present and voting at a meeting called for that purpose.

Section 2. That 2557, Sec. 59, Chapter 70 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Section 3. That 2558, Sec. 60, Chapter 70 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Section 4. That 2559, Sec. 61, Chapter 70 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Section 5. That 2560, Sec. 62, Chapter 70 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Section 6. That 2562, Sec. 64, Chapter 70 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Approved July 6, 1953.