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 below, the numbers for the county prosecutors. For the police, you will need to know the number for the police that cover your town.
MONMOUTH COUNTY: For cruelty, neglect and abuse the Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor and the Monmouth County SPCA have set up a hotline. Instead of the police, please call: 877-898-PAWS (7297)
New Jersey County Prosecutors’ Offices
CAPE MAY COUNTY
856-453-0486 EXT. 115
856-935-7510 Ext. 8333