MCSPCA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION MOVES TO PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE WITH NEW CRUELTY REPORTING HOTLINE
Eatontown, New Jersey (June 1st 2018) – The Monmouth County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division has officially been relocated to a division out of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The move was a precedent to comply with a new state law on animal cruelty enforcement. “Monmouth County residents are not going to notice any changes in the way animal cruelty cases are handled because the new law recognizes the successful model we have employed here for many years. It was designed with our input and real-world experiences,” says Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.
Under the newly revised statute, the power of humane law enforcement was transferred to county prosecutors, and each municipality and police department is now required to designate a municipal humane law enforcement officer. The Monmouth County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division is led by Chief Ross Licitra who also serves as the organizations Executive Director; Chief Licitra served as Lieutenant Detective of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and retired in 2011.
In compliance with a new law, Monmouth County has established an Animal Cruelty Hotline for residents to utilize. The new number will serve as a conduit for calls to be directed into the Animal Cruelty Division of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The Monmouth County SPCA is the first organization among New Jersey Counties to initiate a dedicated line and continues to set the gold standard for other Law Enforcement Divisions to model after. Chief Licitra and the Law Enforcement Division’s second ranking Lieutenant, Tom Nuccio, attended an official launch of the new cruelty line this past Friday at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office. “We are proud to act as a model organization for New Jersey’s Humane Law Enforcement. We are always here to help guide other organizations in the forward-thinking direction of animal welfare,” said Licitra. The new Monmouth County Cruelty Hotline is 877-898-7297 and is effective immediately.
About the Monmouth County SPCA
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 2017, 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, and a pet food pantry that helps provide pet food and supplies for low-income families.