Political Gossip and Tidbits Wandering About The Small Wonder That is Delaware- The 2/13/16 Edition

A quick compilation of tidbits including the Rehoboth city hall, false dead councilmen and an update on the Animal Control Issues.

Rehoboth’s Getting a New City Hall

$18 million bucks and maybe in 2017 it will done.

Meanwhile, construction on a new Rehoboth Beach City Hall is underway and YOU can watch the new building take shape.

Rehoboth City Manager Sharon Lynn says the resort has a new webcam of the construction site; you can access it by logging on toCity of Rehoboth Webcam.

That town really needs a new convention center to replace their little mini-one they use now.

.Public Service Announcement


BOTH David Andersons Alive and Well

I first heard about the resignation of Donald Anderson from the GEORGETOWN council I was surprised.

First, there is a David Anderson, head of the Mid-Atlantic Dispatch and Delawarepolitics.net, who is ALSO a councilman, only that David is a councilman in Dover.

It was announced on WGMD and I figured they got it wrong, that the David Anderson who resigned is a councilman in Dover, just a small mistake.

Only it really was a Georgetown councilman who resigned and his name is, guess? DAVID ANDERSON!

There was some confusion over the matter all around until finally the David Anderson from Dover had to go on Facebook and declare that reports of his death are greatly exaggerated.

deltidbits1.11.16georgetowndavidandersonsfThe Georgetown council seeks someone to replace David Anderson on the GEORGETOWN council.

David Anderson from Dover was my editor for quite a while oncit and look what he turned out with her own Blog ready by three, four people every day.






Another Public Service Announcement


The Animal Control Issue

I am not going to address this matter any more as I first addressed itHERE and then again HERE.

And again, many thanks to Representative Earl Jaques JR for seeking, and obtaining answers and clarification for me.

As a result of my second post Jaques sought out more information from Hettie Brown, the executive Director of Delaware’s new department of Animal Welfare.

Note in the bolded part of the quote below that which is my very same concern.

For if you read my second post on this issue, I tell a story of a young woman, me, widowed and with an elderly dog to care for. The dog, an Alaskan Husky, was 14 years old, in pretty good health for that age, but nonetheless with a 3-year old to care for I could not take care of the dog and turned him in to the local Animal Control agency near my home in Maryland.

No doubt they had to put that dog to sleep though this agency, in Maryland, also adopted dogs out.

Anyway, read the quote from Ms. Brown, below, and note my bolded text.

THAT is exactly the problem as I see it. If an individual or family is unable to care for a pet they should easily be able to turn it in to a shelter. It shouldn’t be left up to the charitable animals care agencies, God bless but this is not what they do, put unwanted dogs to sleep.

I think the state of Delaware is going to face a rash of dogs released on the roadside for the difficulty in caring for a pet that they can’t.

Are people who do this creeps and turds? YES! But that’s not the dog’s part left to slowly starve by itself, lonely and afraid.

But thanks again to Rep. Jaques and we shall see how this turns out.

Because ladies and gems, I desperately WANT to be wrong. I don’t want the forests and lonely road sides to be suddenly filled with pets that desperate people didn’t know what to do with.

If I am wrong, I will be quite happy.

If I am right I suppose I shall say I told you so and the situation will be fixed.

And good luck Hettie Brown, call me if I can help in anyway.


From: Brown, Hetti (DHSS)
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 1:38 PM
To: Jaques, Jr, Earl (LegHall)
Subject: Re: Blog Update

Hello Representative Jaques,

We have been getting this question a lot lately. People may not understand the difference between the role of a governmental enforcement agency and a private animal shelter. Here is an attempt to respond with clarity:

Delaware Animal Services (DAS) is the law enforcement unit of the Division of Public Health’s Office of Animal Welfare. It enforces animal control and cruelty laws in the state, it does not operate as a shelter. They respond to complaints concerning animal neglect or abuse, animals at large or that are acting aggressively, and cases in which humans have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite or scratch. DAS contracts with Brandywine County SPCA to shelter animals as a result of enforcement and rescue activities.

There are six animal shelters and multiple rescue groups in Delaware that help pet owners who need to rehome their pet. Each organization, as private organizations, defines their own policies and procedures concerning the requests they receive and ultimately make the decision on whether to accept an animal or not.

One of the easiest ways to search for animal shelters or rescues in your area is to search by zip code on PetFinder.com (https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/). Residents can also look in the white pages for local animal shelters.

Hetti Brown
Executive Director
Office of Animal Welfare
Delaware Division of Public Health
1901 North Du Pont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 255-4612
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