(Eatontown, NJ) – May 7, 2015 – The Monmouth County SPCA announced today that Ross Licitra has been named the new Chief of Law Enforcement for the Monmouth County SPCA. Ross has more than 30 years’ experience in law enforcement and was most recently a Lieutenant in charge of narcotics with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Born in Long Branch, Ross grew up in Eatontown and graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School. At the age of 18, Ross began his law enforcement career at Monmouth University as a campus police officer and then as a West Long Branch police officer. After several years of police work, he joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in 1986 as a detective; he then became a sergeant and, finally, a lieutenant in 2004.
Ross is a committed animal welfare advocate and lives with his family on a farm in Marlboro dedicated to rescued farm animals.
“I am excited and thrilled to bring two of my life passions together, “law enforcement and animal welfare,” said Ross Licitra on his new role.
Ross’s enthusiasm for animal welfare, extensive law enforcement background and dedication to ending animal cruelty makes him an excellent fit for the role of Chief of Law Enforcement,” said Jerry Rosenthal, President and CEO of the Monmouth County SPCA.
The Monmouth County SPCA is responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws in Monmouth County. Last year, they investigated over 1,000 animal cruelty cases.
The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1945 to care for the community’s homeless, neglected and abused animals. Our mission is to protect and advocate for all animals.
We are dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven for homeless, abused and abandoned pets while they await adoption; reducing pet over-population through spay/neutering; and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service . In 2013 we cared for more than 4,000 animals. The Monmouth County SPCA relies solely on private donations to fund these important initiatives.
We provide services to the community including pet adoptions, low cost spay/neuter services, a weekly vaccine clinic, dog training and behavior, humane law enforcement, lost and found, trap neuter and return for free-roaming cats, humane education, pet therapy, a pet food pantry for low-income families as well as our Pittie Project, a proactive program to help keep Bully Breeds out of the shelter and improve their lives in the community.