The Animal Control Officer responds to citizen complaints concerning domestic animals and wildlife, picks up stray animals and investigates animal bites and animal cruelty cases, and enforces state and local Animal Control Laws. A door-to-door dog and cat canvas is conducted annually by the Animal Control Officer.
Christine Buck- Animal Control Officer
Telephone: (609) 844-7092
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death. The attached brochure provides additional information regarding Rabies and Animal Bites.
Free Rabies Clinic
Free rabies clinics are scheduled twice a year to coincide with each of the licensing periods for dogs and cats. Advanced notice will be given prior to these events. The next free rabies clinic will be held on October 2nd. For more details on the clinic including how to register, see the attached. The rabies vaccine is available for both dogs and cats. Please adhere to the following rules:
Animals and Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19):
For information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid- 2019) and Animals, please see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), website's information on Pets and Other Animals.
Animal Cruelty Information:
The New Jersey Department of Health has provided information regarding animal cruelty prevention to ensure that all animal owners and caretakers have an understanding of prohibited acts that apply to all animals. Please click here for detailed information.
Animals and Harmful Algal Bloom Toxins:
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has provided information about Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) an the danger they present for your pets.
Having chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys can be harmful to your health as they carry Salmonella. While it usually does not make the birds sick, Salmonella can cause serious illness when it is passed on to people. Click here to see the brochure regarding Salmonella. This document provides additional advice to poultry owners. You may also go to the CDC website for more information. For an application or zoning regulations regarding poultry in residential areas contact, James Parvesse, the Township Zoning officer 609.844.7084
Tips to Reduce Conflict and Encounters with Bears
Even though overall bear sightings and encounters are declining again this year, new Jersey residents, particularly those living in "bear country' in northwest New Jersey, are advised to take a few simple precautions to reduce the risk of potential encounters. For more details see the attached flyer. Additional information can be found on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and also a podcast they have provided.
What You Need to Know about Coyotes and Foxes
Despite being one of the most successful urban mammals, many people are surprised to see a coyote or fox in their backyard - and that surprise often leads to panic. The good news is that there really is not much to worry about! For more details view this link.
Birds of Prey and the Backyard Food Chain
Birds of prey are magnificent birds. They are an important part of the ecosystems to which they belong and provide rodent control in urban ecosystems. As more wild animals are displaced by overdevelopment and human activities, it's important that we learn to peacefully coexist with them - and protect our pets at the same time. For more detailed information see this flyer.
Facts about Deer
The Mercer County Wildlife Center has prepared a brochure with valuable information regarding deer, the impact they have on residents, how to protect your gardens, and the best way to avoid them while driving.