Complaints regarding dogs running loose in the community have increased. This is not acceptable and is in violation of the Delaware Leash Law which states: "Dogs are not permitted to run at large in Delaware unless accompanied and under the 'reasonable control' of an owner or custodian. The only exception is for farm dogs. If a dog is running at large and bites someone, the owner or custodian is subject to civil liability, as well a fine of $100 to $500 for the first offense and $750 to $1,500 for the second and subsequent offense" Officials have advised that in most instances "reasonable control" has been defined as on a leash. The law thus allows for exceptional cases where the dog is under strict control without the need for a leash. The Delaware State Police has advised that they will respond to complaints about dogs running loose and issue citations, if necessary.