Animal Control

Animal Control

Effective January 1, 2015, the township will be utilizing the services of Newark Associated Humane Society for animal control.

Residents may call the Clark Health Department at 732-428-8405 or the Clark Police Department non-emergency number at 732-388-3434.

Trapping

The township does not provide traps to residents experiencing problems with stray cats on their property, raccoons, squirrels, and other wildlife. Residents are advised to contract the services of a licensed wildlife removal company. A listing can be found in the yellow pages under "pest control"

Residents are strongly advised and urged not to do their own trapping for the following reasons:

  • In most instances what you are setting the trap for (I.e. a stray cat) you will trap something else (oppossum, raccoon, skunk).
  • Inappropriate and inhumane handling of trapped animals will lead to criminal charges being filed under the animal cruelty statutes.
  • Inexperience with trapping can lead to scratches, bites, back injuries, etc.
  • Trapping of squirrels inside of a residence must be coordinated with necessary repairs to points of entry.

Animal Complaints

Complaints regarding the following and most legal matters are handled by the Clark Health Officer.

  • Animal Bites
  • Barking
  • Defecating and Not Cleaning Up Afterwords
  • Quarantine
  • Running at Large

Complainants must leave their name, telephone number and brief description of the nature of the complaint. Anonymous complaints cannot be addressed.

Animal Licensing

All dog and cats, whether or not the dog and / or cat is kept indoors, must be licensed every January. Late fees are assessed after February 1st of the licensing year. A per-requisite to obtaining an animal license is rabies vaccination valid through October of the licensing year. Anyone acquiring a dog and / or cat after the January licensing period must obtain a license within 10 days of the animal being brought into the township. Exceptions may be granted by the health officer.

Rabies Clinic

The township sponsors a free rabies clinic (PDF) every November. Residents may call the health department in mid-October for the date, time and location. Pre-registration of the rabies shot is required to ensure adequate vaccine.

All residents are encouraged to read and review "What Clark Residents Should Know About Wildlife, Rabies, and Rodents" (PDF).

Anyone with questions can contact Nancy Raymond, Health Officer at 732-428-8405.