"On Thursday, Gov. Jack Markell signed into law four pieces of legislation designed to strengthen protections for animals... Senate Bill 201 tasks the newly-created Office of Animal Welfare with managing the state's shelter standards law and the spay/neuter program.... House Bill 311 requires that all of the state's animal control officers and animal cruelty investigators undergo uniform training and certification.... Senate Bill 245 protects animals seized in criminal activity, cruelty situations and animal fighting from automatic euthanasia.... House Bill 297 clarifies when an animal control constable or dog warden may impound a dog that is suspected of being dangerous or potentially dangerous."