Overview

The Office of Veterinary Public Health promotes the health and welfare of companion animals and promotes responsible pet care.

The Office of Veterinary Public Health provides assistance to municipal governments and local health departments regarding the laws and rules addressing animal control, animal facility licensing and sanitary rules, dog licensing, and the training of Animal Control Officers (ACOs) and Animal Cruelty Investigators (ACIs). Veterinary Public Health is part of the Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program of the New Jersey Department of Health. 

Report Animal Cruelty

If you have information regarding animal cruelty or abuse involving pets or wildlife, contact any of the following agencies:

  • The Police Department in the municipality in which the animal cruelty or abuse happened.
  • Many municipalities have Animal Control Officers that are trained, certified and authorized as Animal Cruelty Investigators and therefore can investigate animal cruelty or abuse situations.  Contact the Animal Control Officer in the municipality where the cruelty or abuse is occurring to see if they are authorized to investigate animal cruelty.
  • The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) has a 24 hour hotline to report animal cruelty, 800-582-5979. Cases may be investigated by the NJSPCA or referred to a county SPCA organization for investigation.
  • The Sheriff's Department in the county in which the animal cruelty or abuse happened.

To report animal cruelty or abuse involving livestock, horses, or poultry, contact the  New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health at 609-671-6400 or Manoel.tamassia@ag.state.nj.us

Additional Resources

Wildlife and Exotic Animals

Dead Animal Removal

  • Information regarding dead animal removal can be obtained from the municipal animal control agency where the animal carcass is located.
  • Deer carcasses located on a New Jersey highway or U.S. Interstate can be reported to the New Jersey Department of Transportation via an electronic form.

Inspection Reports

The New Jersey Department of Health provides technical assistance to local health departments throughout the State and in some cases may jointly inspect facilities with local health department staff.  These reports are available for review.

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Contact Us

The Office of Veterinary Public Health
Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program
New Jersey Department of Health

Phone: 609-826-4872 or 609-826-5964
Fax: 609-826-4874

Last Reviewed: 12/12/2017