Welcome to the Animal Alley site for information about laws related to pets and people, links to information about caring for pets, and information about wildlife. This information is collected by the Hillsborough Health Department in cooperation with other local departments, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Please read through our post, and if you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Department at 908-369-5652. Hillsborough’s contracted Animal Control Professionals are from Animal Control Solutions. Their website is animalcontrolsolutions.org; 908-722-1271. Also, Call the Hillsborough Police for emergencies- 911- or non-emergencies at 908-369-4323.
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WHERE TO CALL:
|Hillsborough Police Department||908-369-4323|
|ASPCA 24 hour hotline||800-582-5959|
|NJ Department of Agriculture||for cruelty to horses or other farm animals||609-671-6400|
|Wildlife behaving unusually|
|Animal Control Solutions||908-722-1271|
|Attack of a person or pet by a possibly rabid animal|
|Animal Control Solutions||908-722-1271|
|Your Physician or Veterinarian|
|Stray cats and dogs or dogs running loose|
|Animal Control Solutions||908-722-1271|
ANIMALS AND PUBLIC HEALTH: RABIES IS PRESENT IN WILDLIFE IN NEW JERSEY
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that is found in the saliva and central nervous system fluid (CNSF) of an infected animal and can be passed on to humans or another animal.
How is Rabies spread?
The virus is passed when the saliva or CNSF of the infected animal gets into another animal or human usually via a bite. Sometimes, it is possible to get rabies from an animal through a scratch or open cut or mucous membrane (eyes, nose, mouth) contact with infected saliva, which is called a NON-BITE EXPOSURE. Mammals such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, groundhogs, bats, can carry rabies, but any mammal can get rabies. RABIES IS PRESENT IN THE WILDLIFE POPULATION IN NEW JERSEY, so we must be vigilant about keeping rabies vaccinations for our pets current, staying away from wildlife and stray dogs and cats, reporting bites immediately to the police, your
Is Rabies present in New Jersey?
RABIES IS PRESENT IN THE WILDLIFE POPULATION IN NEW JERSEY, so we must be vigilant about keeping rabies vaccinations for our pets current, staying away from wildlife and stray dogs and cats, reporting bites immediately to the police, your physician and the health department, and discouraging wildlife from taking up residence on your property.
Vaccinate to keep your pet protected.
The first rabies vaccination given to a cat or dog is not effective for 30 days. Make sure to keep your pet away from situations which may expose it to rabies. The second rabies vaccination is usually good for 3 years- except for a specific one-year vaccination given to cats in certain situations. Check with your veterinarian about the expiration date of your pet’s vaccination.
How can I tell if an animal is rabid?
RABID ANIMALS CAN BEHAVE AGGRESSIVELY OR PASSIVELY. SOMETIMES THEY MAY APPEAR UNUSUALLY FRIENDLY, OR MAY STUMBLE AND HAVE DIFFICULTY WALKING, THEY MAY MAKE STRANGE NOISES. UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR COULD MEAN RABIES. Call the Police or Animal Control Solutions if you see a sick animal.
What should I do if my pet encounters a rabid animal?
If a wild animal or suspect rabid animal fights with your pet or attacks a person, please call the Police at 908-369-4323 or 911. IMMEDIATELY WASH AN OPEN WOUND ON A PERSON. WATCH THE ANIMAL FROM A SAFE POSITION UNTIL POLICE ARRIVE. THE ANIMAL WILL NEED TO BE TESTED FOR RABIES. FOLLOW UP WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN AND/OR YOUR VETERINARIAN.
If your pet is in contact with a wild animal, do not touch your pet without gloves for about 4 hours after this contact. Once the saliva dries, the virus is not alive. Until then, fresh Saliva can possibly get into open cuts on your hands and you will be directed to talk to your physician about possible treatment for a non-bite exposure.
Currently Vaccinated pets exposed to a possibly rabid animal may need a booster rabies vaccination that can be given by your veterinarian within 2 days of exposure. Contact your veterinarian immediately. There may be a period of observation for your pet after the contact and the booster vaccination.
Not Currently Vaccinated pets exposed to a rabid or possibly rabid animal may need to be observed for a period of 45 days, 90 days, or 6 months, or euthanized depending upon the situation. The local health department, using the NJ Department of Health algorithm, will determine the confinement period: Management of Domestic Animal Exposure to Rabies.
What is the treatment for human exposure to Rabies?
RABIES TREATMENT FOR HUMAN EXPOSURE: Treatment must begin before symptoms begin. All bites and non-bite exposures to humans must be evaluated immediately by the health department and your physician. Emergency rooms have the post-exposure treatment injections. Once symptoms begin, treatment will not be effective. The injections are not in the stomach and they are usually spread out over about a month. It is usually 4 injections plus immune globulin injections. The Physician will follow the NJ Department of Health Postexposure Guidelines at nj.gov/health/cd/documents/postexp_rabies_Guide.pdf. RABIES PREVENTION: Make sure your pets are CURRENTLY vaccinated against rabies- even indoor pets. A dog license ensures that you don’t forget to keep your dog’s rabies shot current.
IF BITTEN BY A DOG OR CAT, GET THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER OF THE OWNER, A DESCRIPTION OF THE ANIMAL, OR THE OWNER’S LICENSE PLANTE NUMBER- EVEN IF IT IS AN ANIMAL YOU KNOW. CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND/OR POLICE DEPARTMENT.ANY BITING DOMESTIC ANIMAL MUST BE OBSERVED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, EVEN IF IT IS CURRENTLY VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES.
- For help with stray, lost, or nuisance animals, or animals running loose, call Animal Control Solutions at 908-722-1271.
- BATS: Bats present unique problems with rabies exposure. Bats eat insects and are important to our ecology. However, they also can carry rabies. It has been reported that in situations in which people have contracted rabies from bats and their exposure route is unknown, either the wound was a small, insignificant bite or scratch, or the victim was asleep or mentally unaware, or a child who may not have noticed any contact with a bat. This is the reason for extreme caution with bat exposures. Any contact with a bat, or possible contact (i.e. sleeping person, child, mentally challenged person in room with bat), should report to a physician immediately, and the health department. For more about bats and health, please visit the New Jersey Department of Health website.
- What to do if there is a BAT in your house
- NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife – Bat Conservation
- FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RABIES, click cdc.gov/rabies
- Humane Society – Understanding Rabies
The local health departments in our area share information about rabies vaccination clinics in order to encourage residents to have their pets protected against the rabies virus. Rabies is present in wildlife in New Jersey- Mostly in raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, and groundhogs. It is transmitted through the saliva and central nervous system fluid of infected animals and is fatal. The best defense against rabies is a current rabies vaccination for domestic pets. Free rabies clinics in our area will be posted on this website as they become available. Please check this page periodically or contact the Hillsborough Health Department to find out when clinics will be held.
DOG LICENSE INFORMATION:
Please be a Responsible Dog Owner-License Your Dog
In New Jersey, dogs must be licensed annually once they reach 7 months of age. It is very important to license your dog for several reasons. First, the licensing renewal every year reminds dog owners to make sure their pets have up to date rabies vaccinations. This is very important since New Jersey now has the rabies virus present in wild mammals. Any contact between a dog and wild mammals and this includes bats, could put your dog at risk of coming down with rabies. Rabies is fatal and can be passed on to humans. For additional information, click here…
The annual dog license is required according to NJ law, as well as Hillsborough Township Ordinance.
Besides the legal requirement of annual dog licensing, there are other reasons to license your dog:
- Licensing reminds you to update your dog’s rabies vaccination. Rabies is deadly. This is very important because if your dog is exposed to any rabid or possibly rabid animal, and vaccinations are not current, there may be very serious consequences such as euthanasia, long-term strict quarantines or long-term observations for signs of rabies, depending on the situation. The risk is then passed to humans when pets can get rabies.
- Lost dogs may get a free ride home from animal control or a concerned neighbor when there is a license tag on your dog.
- Lost licensed dogs may be approached by a concerned citizen if they know that you are a responsible dog owner. A current license shows your concern and the fact that the rabies vaccination is current.
- If your dog should be involved in a bite to a human, or a fight with another pet, the license information can be readily given to the victim to reassure them immediately that your dog has had a current rabies vaccination. This information can also be readily provided to the police if they should be called to the scene.
- All of the money collected from licensing goes to spay neuter clinics, rescue shelters, and local animal control.
***Renew your Dog License(s) by clicking here***
***If your dog has not previously been licensed in Hillsborough, please download an application for a NEW Dog License(s) by clicking here***
Remember that according to NJ Department of Health regulations, in order to get a license, your dog must have a Current Rabies Vaccination that lasts through at least 10 months of the licensing year. So for 2016, your dog’s rabies vaccine must be current until 10-31-16, or your dog will need a booster rabies vaccination. A booster given a little earlier than necessary will not hurt your dog- please check with your vet if you have any questions.
Responsible pet owners should be aware of dog-related laws:
- nj.gov/health/animalwelfare – For information on animal laws, cruelty, shelter requirements, responsibilities when dog bites occur.
- https://www.animallaw.info/statute/nj-dogs-consolidated-dog-laws#vicious For information on laws involving dogs, including liability of the dog owner, potentially dangerous dog laws. Scroll to Ch.19 Dogs, Taxation, and Liability For Injuries… for information about liability, vicious dogs, dangerous dogs.
- Hillsborough Township Ordinances regarding animals can be viewed on the web page: hillsborough-nj.org and clicking on eGov, and then scrolling to Township Ordinances Online. After clicking on that, go to the search box and type in “animals” for some ordinances, and “dogs” for others. The list is as follows:
Chapter 117: Article 1, “Animals Running At Large”, Article 2, “Dog Control”, Article 111, “Licensing of Dogs; Dog Warden”,
Chapter 300 Animals: covers Board of Health powers, Animal control authority, Vaccination of Cats, Pet Waste.
Chapter 315: Covers Rabies and Kennel and Pet Shop Licensing
Chapter 224: Covers Animal Frightening
Chapter 221-7: Covers Domestic animals in parks
Chapter 183: Covers Hunting and Wildlife Management.
2015-11 Covers Rules in Hillsborough Township Leash Free Dog Area
Animal Cruelty Laws
- Guide to Prevention of Animal Cruelty Laws
- 4:22-17 Cruelty; certain acts, crime; degrees
- Penalties for various acts constituting cruelty
Links to Pet Health
- Animal Control Solutions: for information on pet training and care, rescue work, and wildlife
- Humane Society of America: for information about taking care of your dog or cat, as well as wildlife issues
- Pet Health with Medline Plus: for information about pet diseases and prevention, dog bite prevention
Dog Bite Prevention Information:
DOG BITE PREVENTION WEEK IS MAY 15- 21. READ ABOUT WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT BEING BITTEN AND HOW TO PREVENT YOUR DOG FROM BITING!
- Centers for Disease Control- Preventing Dog Bites (Click on “prevention” and scroll down to “dog bites”)
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) – Dog Bite Prevention
- The Humane Society of the United States – Prevent Your Dog From Biting
- ASPCA – Dog Bite Prevention
- New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife: for wildlife information from bears to coyotes. Click on “wildlife” to find information about various wildlife in our area.
- Reptiles and Amphibians in New Jersey: click on “online field guide”, you will find pictures of many common snakes of New Jersey.
- Living with Coyotes in Hillsborough: Click on the link to discover how to dissuade Coyotees from vandalizing your property.
- Livng with Raccoons in Hillsborough: Click on the link to discover how to dissuade a Raccoon from vandalizing your property.
- Living with Vultures in Hillsborough: Click on the link to discover how to dissuade Vultures from vandalizing your property.
$50 Spay/Neuter Vouchers for Cats available for Township residents
For more information on these vouchers, please contact Animal Control Solutions at 908-722-1271.