Chance for deer collisions rises as fall approaches

DOVER — The days are getting shorter with October creeping up. Daylight will become even more scarce when daylight saving time ends on Nov. 4. The addition of more night-time driving hours for motorists in Delaware means the risk of hitting a deer, another animal — or even a human — increases. That’s why the […]

Division of Public Health: Rabid cat bites person in Millsboro

MILLSBORO — Sussex County residents that live in the residential area of Mount Joy Road, between Townsend and Cannon Roads in Millsboro, are being advised by Delaware’s Division of Public Health of a positive case of rabies that has been found in a stray cat that recently bit a human. The victim was bitten by […]

Third equine case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Delaware

DOVER — The Office of the State Veterinarian announced Thursday that it has found Delaware’s third case of West Nile Virus in horses in 2018. The infected equine is a 10-year-old pony gelding that was purchased from a Pennsylvania livestock auction and transported to a location in New Castle County on Aug. 27. On Aug. […]

Two cases of West Nile Virus found in Kent County horses

DOVER — Delaware’s first and second cases of West Nile Virus have been found in horses this year, the Office of the State Veterinarian announced Thursday. The first infected horse is a 3-year-old Standardbred mare residing in Kent County. The horse began showing signs of wobbling and staggering on Aug. 19. Samples were submitted to […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware’s opportunity to help cats

Delaware is about to take a positive step by passing a bill to save untold numbers of cats. Now awaiting the governor’s signature, H.B. 235 would support Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the only humane and effective approach for unowned, outdoor cat populations. Through TNR, cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, the tip of their ear is painlessly […]

Turkey permits to be issued by state’s Forest Service

Another change to hunting policy this year is that the Delaware Forest Service will be issuing their own turkey hunting permits instead of doing so through DNREC as they have in previous years. It was announced last month that permits to hunt turkeys in state forests will be issued through a separate lottery starting in […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware legislation needed to protect cats

The following letter was sent to Gov. John C. Carney Jr. Dear Gov. Carney, I hope you are well. We’re hearing from many of our thousands of Delaware members and supporters who are deeply concerned after reading news reports detailing the abandonment of a sick kitten by an officer with the Office of Animal Welfare […]

Former Dover SPCA building to be reborn as Pet Resource Center via $500K grant from Petco

DOVER — The barking of dogs and the meowing of cats were no strangers to a property that sits on the southern edge of Horsepond Road in Dover from 1964 until 2001. The white building with several kennels located behind it was the longtime home of the Kent County SPCA before it moved to a […]

College student works with elephants in Thailand

BEAUFORT, S.C. — This summer, Erryn Smith, 20, of Bridgeville, Delaware, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with study-abroad organization Loop Abroad, Ms. Smith was selected as part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and spent a […]

PETA: Change the name of Slaughter Beach

The following is a letter sent to Harry Ward, mayor of Slaughter Beach, from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals President Ingrid E. Newkirk. Dear Mayor Ward, I’m writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide — including many in Delaware — with a suggestion: Before the […]