Humane Law

The MCSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division is committed to protecting animals from abuse.  NJ law requires that animals have adequate shelter, food and water. Abuse could include a dog on a very short chain or exposed to bad weather or animals who look sickly or injured.

If you would like to report suspected cruelty to animals, please call the state’s cruelty hotline, (800) 582-5979. If it is an immediate emergency, please call us at 732-542-0040. We will only ask you to provide information, you will be able to stay anonymous.  We cannot take cruelty reports by email.

Chief Victor “Buddy” Amato is our Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer. Buddy is a police officer who brings a wealth of law enforcement experience and a lifelong dedication to animal welfare. He is supported by a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who come from many different backgrounds and all are dedicated to our mission of preventing cruelty to animals. Our volunteers receive extensive training in Title IV law, educating the public, identifying animal cruelty, prosecuting animal cruelty cases and court room procedure.

As the Humane Law Enforcement Division of the Monmouth County SPCA, we are granted our Law Enforcement authority by the State of New Jersey under Title IV.  We are charged with the responsibility of enforcing the State of New Jersey Animal Cruelty Laws in Monmouth County, NJ. Additionally, a large part of what we do is educating the public-at-large as to the responsibilities and requirements of pet and animal ownership.

Our Humane Law Enforcement Division investigates hundreds of animal cruelty complaints every year. We handle cases much like those featured on TV’s “Animal Cops”- emaciated dogs who’ve been starved by their owners, collectors who accumulate so many animals that they can’t provide proper care for them, innocent puppies thrown into a dumpster and left for dead. But thanks to the efforts of our Humane Law Enforcement Division, these animals are rescued, medical attention is provided and new loving homes are found. Most importantly, those who caused the suffering of these helpless animals are brought to justice.

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