(a) Upon the application of any person, or the person’s agent, sustaining any damage by reason of the livestock running at large contrary to this chapter, the person or person’s agent may seek restitution from a Justice of the Peace Court or the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which damage was incurred by livestock, which may or may not have been taken up and impounded.

Terms Used In Delaware Code Title 3 Sec. 7703

  • At large: means livestock that strays from confinement or restraint and from the property of the owner including livestock that strays into a confined area that is owned by a person other than the owner of the livestock. See Delaware Code Title 7 Sec. 5307
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Livestock: means domesticated species including: bovine, camelid, cervid, equine, swine, ruminants, ratites, rabbits, poultry, and other animals harvested for food, fiber, fur, or leather. See Delaware Code Title 7 Sec. 5307
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • State: means the State of Delaware; and when applied to different parts of the United States, it includes the District of Columbia and the several territories and possessions of the United States. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307

(b) If the owner of livestock cannot be located or identified and the livestock is taken up by the State, the State shall be held harmless for damages committed by the livestock.

19 Del. Laws, c. 657, § 3; Code 1915, § 3634; Code 1935, § 4184; 3 Del. C. 1953, § 7703; 67 Del. Laws, c. 195, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 81 Del. Laws, c. 37, § 4.;