Office of Animal Welfare

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To 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 NJSPCA organization for investigation.
  • The Sheriff's Department in the county in which the animal cruelty or abuse happened.

If you have information regarding 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