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Guide to Prevention of Animal Cruelty Laws

Amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (hereinafter "the Act"), N.J.S.A. 4:22-17 et seq., were recently signed into law. The new legal requirements set forth in the Act apply to any individual who owns or has custody or control {hereinafter "caretaker") of a dog, service animal or an animal that is a pet.

To ensure all dog, pet and service animal owners and caretakers have a basic understanding of these newly enacted legal requirements, a brief, general description of the requirements and prohibitions and a guide to compliance is provided in the Guide (download below). The description also includes a short synopsis of prohibited acts that apply to animals in general, which is provided to ensure that the general public is aware of these restrictions. This brief overview is intended to be a helpful guideline and is not intended to be a substitute for reading the law in its entirety (N.J.S.A. 4:22-17 et seq.).

Download the Guide

Download the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, N.J.S.A. 4:22-17 et seq.

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