The Animal Control Officer works in conjunction with the Health Department. If you wish to contact the Animal Control Officer, call 973-378-7715, ext. 7711.
Animal Control is responsible for animal related functions, including:
- Issuing annual dog and cat licenses
- Enforcing the rabies vaccination criteria set by the state
- Enforcing state and local codes
- Investigating cruelty to animals, dangerous/vicious animals and animal bites
- Conducting a 10-day quarantine after an animal bites a person
- Inspecting and licensing pet shops and kennels
- Providing rabies and animal education programs and advice
- Performing dead animal removal from publicly owned properties
- Quarantining, capturing, and submitting specimens to the State Department of Health
- Assisting residents in the removal of potentially rabies carrying wildlife (raccoon, skunk, and bat) in the living space of a home
- Issuing warnings/summonses to animal owners found in violation of animal regulations
- Offering free annual rabies clinic
Animal Control is NOT responsible for Nuisance Wildlife
- Under state law, Animal Control is NOT responsible for Nuisance Wildlife
- For additional information on Nuisance Wildlife, including contact information for pest control and extermination companies, see the Nuisance Wildlife page.
Emergencies: What constitutes an emergency?
- Potentially rabies carrying animals such as: raccoon, skunk, and bats in the living space of a home.
- Domestic animals (dogs/cats) that are in imminent danger
Be a Good Pet Owner Neighbor
- Make sure your dog cannot leave your property.
- Use a leash under 6 feet and have your dog under control when not on your property.
- Limit barking times to less than 15 minutes during the day and not at all at night.
- Always pick up after your pet.
- Do not allow your dog or cat on the neighbor's property.
- Have your pets vaccinated against rabies.