Passaic County Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals Announces Shutdown of Law Enforcement Division
The Board of Directors and the Command Staff of the Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCSPCA) announced it is shutting down its Law Enforcement Division effective as of July 31. PCSPCA has been unable to negotiate a mutually beneficial memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
“The Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been the premiere animal cruelty policing agency in Passaic County since the 1890s, and the go-to authority for clarification and guidance on Title 4 enforcement for municipal and county prosecutors, judges, and municipal police authorities alike,” said Jesse Traynor, Chief of Law Enforcement, PCSPCA. “We are extremely proud of the job our brave, highly-trained volunteer agents and officers have done, all at zero cost to the taxpayers of Passaic County, and at great personal expense. Not to talk of the thousands of animals that we have assisted and saved over the last 150 years.”
Specifically, the shutdown means:
- PCSCPA will cease intake of new animal cruelty complaints as of Tuesday, July 24 and will cease all law enforcement operations on July 31. This will allow PCSCPA to close out open cases and prepare local law enforcement agencies.
- PCSPCA’s animal cruelty phone line will no longer be manned as of Tuesday, July 24. Going forward, Passaic County residents should call 911 or their local police department if they suspect animal neglect or cruelty.
- PCSPCA agents and officers will no longer be available to provide clarification and guidance on Title 4 enforcement after July 31. However, officers and agents with cases that are scheduled to go to trial after the cessation date, will still be available to testify, as private citizens, if needed.
While the Law Enforcement Division will close, the PCSPCA will still continue its longstanding mission of humane education and advocacy work.
“Our members will continue to educate Passaic County residents about signs of animal cruelty and neglect, advocate on behalf of the county’s most vulnerable dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, horses and all other domesticated and farm animals that need protection and work with Passaic County residents who need guidance about caring for their animals,” said Luis Vazquez, President, Board of Directors, PCSPCA.
About the Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCSPCA) is a non-profit, all volunteer, humane education and advocacy group. Operating since the 1890s, Passaic County SPCA is the ONLY agency in the county that focuses solely on the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect. For more information, visit www.pc-spca.org.