HEALTHY PET NEWSLETTER – keep your pets happy, healthy & safe!
Please Note: Montgomery Animal Control Officers are part of the Health Department, but work through the police dispatcher. Therefore, if your situation is an animal control emergency, please contact police dispatch at the emergency phone number at right or 911 and the Police and/or Animal Control Officer will be dispatched.
Non-emergency animal control calls should be directed to the Animal Control Message Line (908) 359-8211 ext.247.
DOG PARK IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED – As of October 1, the Montgomery Dog Park located at the Municipal Building (2261 Route 206, Belle Mead) will be closed due to construction of improvements in the area, including a playground and pathways. This work will take several months. In the meantime, residents may use the dog park located at Skillman Park (Main Boulevard, Skillman) as an alternative. Thank you for your patience.
Animal bite or possible rabies exposure
Attacking or threatening animals
Sick or injured animals in the roadway or on private property
Animal cruelty occurring at the time of the call
Any domestic animal at large (except cats) if the animal is at large at the time of the call and the caller is not familiar with the owner or cannot contact the animal’s owner
Curbside dead animal removal (such as deer)
Lost or impounded animals
General animal nuisances, (barking, etc.)
Other animal related questions
Getting to see wildlife can be one of the most enjoyable parts of living in a semi-rural/suburban area like Montgomery. If you encounter a baby animal, 98% of the time the best thing you can possibly do is to leave it alone. Typically, the mother is not far away and will return after you leave. Deer, for example, often ‘hide’ their ‘camoflaged’ newborns from predators right in the middle of an open field or yard area, while the mother goes off to graze nearby and returns later. If you approach a baby deer, fox, raccoon, opossum, etc, it may run to where the mother will not find it or towards a dangerous road or in fear, may even act aggressively towards you.
If you find an injured animal or one that is acting ill or acting strangely, it is safest to leave it alone and call the Animal Control message line at (908) 359-4308 or Police dispatch (see top of page) if you feel it is an emergency. They will be able to assess the situation best and follow-up appropriately.
To learn more about living alongside New Jersey’s wildlife, click on Common Wildlife Problems, a FAQ with advice from Rutgers Agricultural Extension Service’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Program.