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Reporting Animal Cruelty

Animal neglect and abuse is everyone’s business. Just like young children, animals can’t get themselves out of an abusive situation to seek help. YOU need to be their voice. YOU need to speak for them.

ALL animals in New Jersey—domestic, wild, “farmed,” or otherwise—are protected under the law. To familiarize yourself with the Animal Cruelty statutes in New Jersey, please click here.

If you see or hear of animal abuse or neglect, you will need to call your local police.

In 2017 New Jersey passed a law that put enforcement of the animal cruelty statues in the hands of the local police and county prosecutors.

It is a work in progress and is set to be finalized in July of this year.

Unfortunately, many police departments don’t know they are now handling animal cruelty cases.

When you call, if you are told they do not handle this, let them know they now do because of a new law and ask to speak to the chief of police. Tell him/her the same thing – that the police are now charged with handling animal cruelty complaints.

If the chief is unaware, then call your county prosecutor’s office and let them know what happened to you when you tried to report animal cruelty. Let him/her know that the system is not working!

For your convenience we’re including the numbers for the county prosecutors. For the police, you will need to know the number for the police that cover your town.

New Jersey County Prosecutor’s Offices

ATLANTIC COUNTY

609-909-7800

BERGEN COUNTY

201-646-2300

BURLINGTON COUNTY

609-265-5035

CAMDEN COUNTY

856-225-8400

CAPE MAY COUNTY

609-465-1135

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

856-453-0486 EXT. 115

ESSEX COUNTY

973-621-4700

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

856-384-5500

HUDSON COUNTY

201-795-6400

HUNTERDON COUNTY

908-788-1129

MERCER COUNTY

609-989-6309

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

732-745-3333

MONMOUTH COUNTY

732-431-7160

MORRIS COUNTY

973-285-6200

OCEAN COUNTY

732-929-2027

PASSAIC COUNTY

973-881-4800

SALEM COUNTY

856-935-7510 Ext. 8333

SOMERSET COUNTY

908-231-7100

SUSSEX COUNTY

973-383-1570

UNION COUNTY

908-527-4500

WARREN COUNTY

908-475-6287