Clark To Consider Animal Control Options

August 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

CLARK, NJ – Last week, Linden Animal Control announced that it would close its facility at the end of this year after an investigation by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services turned up multiple violations at the site. An ad hoc Animal Control Committee formed by the City of Linden released a report that included short and long term goals that included the demolition of the existing facility.

Local municipalities, including Clark, contracted with Linden Animal Control to provide animal control services in the township.  An alternate service provider is now being sought by township officials. 

At Monday’s town council meeting, concerned resident Delia Collins addressed the council.  She implored council members to perform due diligence in selecting a proper facility that would provide safe, clean and humane conditions for lost pets.  Some of points she asked the council to consider were:

Sign Up for E-News

  • care over cost
  • that the shelter include a  working rescue group
  • active posting of lost pets
  • concerned animal control officers
  • a staff veterinarian that can provide emergency treatment
  • concise record-keeping
  • clean and sanitary facility
  • a separate holding area for infectious animals
  • a convenient location and hours of operation

Collins suggested that facilities in Woodbridge, Edison and Newark be explored by the council.

Business Administrator John Laezza assured Collins that the administration is currently reviewing available options.  He said that the Woodbridge shelter would cost $45,000 per year versus the Linden contract that cost the township $23,000 per year.  Linden had been called 79 times over the last year and 43 of those calls were in response to animals that had already died.   

When reached later for comment, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso said that the township is making every effort to find a suitable alternative for both short and long term animal control needs.  Pricing has not yet been received from some of the area shelters.  “We want to find the best place for the best dollar value,” he said.

One long term solution may be a shared facility built in Linden through a municipal agreement with participating towns.  That type of project could take a year or two to develop and implement.  Bonaccorso said that a county-level facility could be another viable long term solution if the county was willing to take on the project and an equitable billing arrangement could be developed.  

Prior recent coverage about Linden Animal Control can be found at TAP into Roselle/Roselle Park:

Report Reveals New Details About Linden Animal Shelter - August 13, 2014

City of Linden’s Ad Hoc Animal Control Proposes Overhaul of the City’s Animal Control Facility (Press Release) - August 13, 2014

Disgraced Animal Shelter to Leave Six Communities Without Services - August 9, 2014

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_5c36a71fcd4b0456ba09_capture

Sat, December 3, 9:00 AM

Clark

Free Lower Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop @ ...

Carousel_image_aef4e8c675b6e2cee691_msr_craft_fair_flyer_10.25.16

Sat, December 3, 9:00 AM

Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark

Mother Seton Peppermint Boutique and Craft Fair

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_f5f806e915c40cabda2a_clark_public_library

Sat, December 3, 10:00 AM

Clark Public Library, Clark

Honor & Duty - The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Education Government

Mother Seton High School Honors Veterans

December 3, 2016

The Parents’ Guild of Mother Seton High School is dedicated to pairing all their activities with a community outreach embedding the school’s mission statement of personal growth and service to others nurturing a richly, diverse community.  The annual Pocket Book Bingo, a very successful fundraiser, added a request for participants and students to literally thank New Jersey ...

News From Nearby: Westfield Police Seek Public’s Help in Burglary Investigation

December 3, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield police are seeking possible witnesses in a burglary that occurred Friday night as part of an ongoing investigation, according to Police Chief David Wayman.

The department sent the following message to residents Thursday via Nixle:

“The Westfield Police Department requests that if you traveled on Willow Grove Road in the area of Seward Avenue on ...

My Epic Beauty Fails

One day as I was looking around a high-end cosmetics store for a new lipstick, a “beauty expert” approached me and said that I was so stunning I should forget the lipstick, and get a lip plumper instead. At first I wondered why I needed a lip plumper if I was already so stunning. But then I thought, “Now here is someone wearing a badge that says, ‘beauty expert,’ so ...