Animal Cruelty Investigations
Ocean Township Humane Law Enforcement Officers are in charge of overseeing animal cruelty investigations within the Township. These investigations are taken seriously, as they often involve some of the most at-risk and helpless victims in the Township. Additionally, studies have repeatedly shown a strong correlation between offenders who commit animal cruelty offenses and offenders who commit acts of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and other violent offenses. To learn more about this correlation, please visit nationallinkcoalition.org.
Ocean Township Humane Law Enforcement Officers are responsible for enforcing animal welfare and animal cruelty laws of the State of N.J. under Title 4: Agriculture and Domestic Animals and N.J.S.A. 2C:33-31 and 32. They are trained to investigate and sign complaints concerning violations of animal cruelty. Furthermore, they work toward the detection, apprehension, and arrest of offenders against the animal welfare and cruelty laws of the State.
ANIMAL CRUELTY COMPLAINTS
If you would like to report Animal Cruelty, please contact the Ocean Township Police Department at (609) 693-4007. If you have any further questions in reference to animal cruelty investigations, you may also contact:
Det/Cpl. Andrew Risden at 609-693-4007 ext. 308 (Email: ARisden@twpoceannj.gov)
Det. Jeremy Samuel at 609-693-4007 ext. 318 (Email: JSamual@twpoceannj.gov)
Det/Cpl. Leanne Petracca at 609-693-4007 ext. 303 (Email: LPetracca@twpoceannj.gov)