Animal Control Officer Services
Our officers respond to calls from the public concerning lost, stray, rabid, or injured animals (domestic or wild).
It is important that responses are handled in a timely manner. A 24-hour on-call service is available for emergencies.
Animal Control officers capture stray domestic animals, as well as wild animal rabies vectors (i.e., raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, and bats) threatening the safety and health of residents. Proper equipment (i.e., transportation vehicles, rabies poles, heavy gloves, a two way radio, official uniforms and badges, and humane capture animal traps) is essential to carry out the above duties.
Note: Response to and capture of nuisance wildlife that are not threatening humans (i.e., healthy appearing raccoons in garbage cans, squirrels in attics, etc.) are not considered necessary services for municipal animal control to provide. Animal control officers should be able to educate residents over the telephone on how to modify their residences (i.e., cap chimneys, secure trash firmly, etc.) so as not to attract animal nuisances and refer them to agencies that can assist them. (Pest Control Company) Patrolling - for stray cats and dogs (should be performed on a daily basis, even without complaints or reports.)
We investigate into reports of bite incidents and vicious dogs; seizure and impoundment of dogs meeting criteria under the State vicious dog law (N.J.S.A. April 19, 2019-35.)
Our officers sere notices for the confinement of biting or bitten animals for rabies observation and monitoring these confinements, if authorized by the Health Officer (N.J.S.A. 2 June 4, 1982 and 83).
It is the responsibility of our officers to perform evaluations of animals captured or picked up as to the need for veterinary emergency care.
It is our job to provide transportation of captured animals to impoundment facility; transportation vehicles must meet state regulations. Sick or injured animals must receive immediate emergency veterinary care. If designated, provide transportation of rabies specimens to State Public Health and Environmental laboratory.
We have to properly document all calls, activities, and animals picked up.
Our officers provide education of the public (including schools and other groups) as to responsible pet ownership, rabies prevention, and the need for spaying and neutering of pets (pamphlets on rabies control and statewide spay/neuter programs are available free of charge from the NJDHSS and on the DHSS website).
We participate with local/county rabies task forces and other animal control related committees.
Another responsibility of our officers is to canvas for unlicensed dogs and cats and take enforcement action when necessary.