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Animals

Just prior to leaving the Governor’s Office, Chris Christie signed into law a bill that moves the law enforcement powers related to animal cruelty cases to the County Prosecutors.  Under the newly revised statute, the power of humane law enforcement was transferred from the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) to the individual municipalities, who work in conjunction with, and are ultimately overseen by, the County Prosecutors. 

Each municipality and police department is now required to designate a municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer.  In order to hold the position of Humane Law Enforcement Officer, all of these newly designated police officers and county investigators must now be certified by the Police Training Commission.  The PTC certified municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer for the Town of Secaucus, and your point of contact for these matters, is Lieutenant Scott Coar.

It is the policy of the Secaucus Police Department to enforce animal cruelty violations, animal welfare statutes, and related local ordinances in accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office guidelines and directives.

If  you are in Secaucus and you would like to report suspected cruelty to animals, please call the Secaucus Police Department @ (201)-330-2060 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If an animal is in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1. You will be asked to provide information; however, you can remain anonymous if you wish.