Yes, animals are considered personal property. For Delaware the offense would be
Here is the definition of property for Delaware:
""Property" means anything of value except land, and includes things growing on, affixed to or found in land such as topsoil, sand, minerals, gravel and the like, documents although the rights represented thereby have no physical location, contract
rights, trade secrets, choses in action and other interests in or claims to admission or transportation
tickets, captured or domestic animals, food, drink and electric or other power".
Yes, it would be a low misdemeanor classification with possible fine of upto $500.00 and/or upto 6 to 12 months in jail (although I don't see jail time in your situation) most likely a fine. I would see if she would accept compensation for the loss of her property.
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