Domestic and Foreign Animals, Birds, Reptiles and Insects


For the purpose of this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Department" means the Department of Agriculture.

(2) "Person" includes veterinary practitioner, racetrack official, racing commission official, private horse owner, trainer, jockey or private person.

(3) "Equine" includes all horses of every type and description.

3 Del. C. 1953, § 7401; 57 Del. Laws, c. 725, § 1.;

Any person who knows or suspects that a case of Equine Infectious Anemia may exist in an equine shall immediately notify the Department and shall supply the Department with:

(1) The name of the equine, if known;

(2) Its present location; and

(3) The name of the owner, if known.

3 Del. C. 1953, § 7402; 57 Del. Laws, c. 725, § 1.;

(a) For the proper enforcement of this chapter, the Department may make and enforce orders, rules and regulations for the control and eradication of Equine Infectious Anemia.

(b) Any equine suspected of having Equine Infectious Anemia shall be, by order of the Department, removed from the barns or other facilities used by healthy equines and quarantined in such place on the premises on which it is being kept so as to insure its isolation, and it shall remain under quarantine in isolation for such period as the Department deems appropriate to insure that it is free of Equine Infectious Anemia.

3 Del. C. 1953, § 7403; 57 Del. Laws, c. 725, § 1.;

The testing and diagnosis of any equine suspected of having Equine Infectious Anemia shall be by the standard "agar gel immunodiffusion test" or by such other procedures as prescribed by the Department, and the cost thereof borne by the owner.

3 Del. C. 1953, § 7404; 57 Del. Laws, c. 725, § 1; 61 Del. Laws, c. 34, § 1.;

Any equine determined incurable and condemned for Equine Infectious Anemia shall be destroyed upon the direction of the Department or its duly appointed agent.

3 Del. C. 1953, § 7405; 57 Del. Laws, c. 725, § 1.;

The Department may pay out of the funds appropriated by the General Assembly of this State a sum up to $1,000 for any equine, whose owner is a resident of this State, ordered destroyed, provided that the owner has submitted a claim for indemnity on forms prescribed by the Department and has complied with all quarantine regulations. The Department shall make the final determination as to the amount to be paid under this section.

3 Del. C. 1953, § 7406; 57 Del. Laws, c. 725, § 1.;

Whoever fails to report an equine, knowing or suspecting the same to be infected with Equine Infectious Anemia, or who knowingly moves a suspected or positively diagnosed equine from one premise to another, or who fails to keep such equine under quarantine in accordance with § 7403 of this title, shall be penalized as the Delaware Harness Racing Commission or Delaware Racing Commission sees fit.

3 Del. C. 1953, § 7407; 57 Del. Laws, c. 725, § 1.;