Marlboro Township Animal Control
732-536-0100 Ex 1415
After Hours Emergency- 732-536-0100 Police Communications Operator
Email: Animal Control 
The Township of Marlboro Animal Control and Humane Law Enforcement Department is committed to providing assistance to the residents and animals of Marlboro. The department is made up of one full time animal control officer and one part time officer.
In order to become an animal control officer one must attend Animal Control Officer (ACO) Course approved by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Once the course is completed a certificate will be obtained which will allow an animal control officer to work for a municipality in New Jersey. In order to perform animal cruelty statues under Title 4, an Animal control Officer must take an Animal Cruelty Investigators Course approved by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the New Jersey Police Training Commission. This course meets the requirements of N.J.A.C. 8:23A-2.6. Successful completion of this course is required in order to be appointed as an Animal Cruelty Investigator by a New Jersey Municipality. Enrollment is open to any person 18 years of age or older.
What are the work duties of Animal Control Officer?
- Dog Complaints / barking/ running at large etc...
- Patrol the Township
- Dog/ Cat License/ canvas Twp
- Court testimony when needed /
- Animal bite or possible rabies exposure
- Trap requests / for cats only
- Lost or impounded animals
- Attacking or threatening animals
- Sick or injured animals in the roadway or on private property
- Animal cruelty Investigations
- Issuing summonses for animal control violations
- Work with Monmouth County Health Department
- Work with local veterinarians that provide medical treatment too stray animals
We currently are contracted with two shelters where all stray animals will be boarded until an owner is located. If your animal has been impounded at one of the following shelters, please call the following numbers below for information on your animal.
Monmouth County SPCA
260 Wall Street
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Email http://monmouthcountyspca.org 
NEW HOURS Aug - Oct
Open 7 days a week -
Mon-Thurs: 1 PM - 5 PM
Fri: 1 PM - 8 PM
Sat-Sun: 12 PM - 6 PM
Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter
59 Main St
Helmetta, NJ 08828
Michal Cielesz contact person
Email helmettaboro 
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8AM – 10AM for owner redemptions
Thursday, Friday 3PM – 7PM
Saturday, Sunday 12PM – 5PM FOR ADOPTIONS, VISITING, DONATION DROP OFF, ETC.
Pet Adoption-Contact the above shelters or their web site for pet adoption information.
The Licensing Division of the Administration Department is responsible for issuing licenses and permits that are not issued by other departments.
Dog and Cat Licenses
All Dogs and Cats over the age of six months must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. License Applications, which may be obtained at the Marlboro Municipal Complex Administration building from the front desk, must be filed each year by April 1. Registration fees are as follows:
- $12.00 FOR A DOG UNDER 1 YEAR OLD
- $12.00 FOR A DOG OVER 1 YEAR OLD AND SPAYED/NEUTERED
- $15.00 FOR A DOG NOT SPAYED/NEUTERED
- ADDITIONAL DOGS: (The fees below pertain to the third dog and any additional dogs)
- $4.00 FOR A DOG THAT IS SPAYED/NEUTERED
- $7.00 FOR A DOG NOT SPAYED/NEUTERED
LATE FEE: $15.00 LATE FEE FOR DOG/CAT WILL BE ASSESSED MAY 1ST THROUGH JUNE 30Tth $50.00 LATE FEE FOR DOG/CAT WILL BE ASSESSED AS OF JULY 1ST, 2010.
$ 5.00 - cats spayed/neutered
$ 7.20 - cats not spayed/neutered
$ 3.50 - each additional cat
Proof of annual vaccination (rabies certificate) must be provided in order for a Dog or Cat License Application to be approved. Spayed/Neutered certificates must also be provided in order to receive a discount on the registration fee. The Licensing Division holds an annual free Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Municipal Complex usually on a Saturday in May. Information on this clinic and on dog and cat licensing in general, can be obtained by calling 732-536-0200 during normal business hours.
Marlboro Township has a rich diversity of wildlife living within our borders. Everything from chipmunks and snakes to deer, coyote and even turkeys, has been found at one time or another in our town. These animals are generally no threat to humans, however they are wild animals, and as such should be considered unpredictable and treated with respect.
We will respond to calls involving endangered or rare species as well as sick or injured wildlife creating a definite public health threat. We do not, however, trap and relocate nuisance wildlife. New Jersey Fish and Game laws require a specific set of circumstances before wildlife can be disturbed. Also, due to the current rabies epidemic, state wildlife regulations must be followed when considering relocating wildlife within 10 miles away from the location where it was trapped. Written permission must be obtained from the release site area property owner. It is illegal to relocate wildlife in any government agency. Park etc… Those animals already established drive off animals released into an already overpopulated area. Newly introduced animals generally die from exposure or are struck by motor vehicles as they move from one area to the next looking for a home. It is for these reasons, that unless they are living in your fireplace, attic or are doing extensive damage to your property, wildlife should be left alone. A Wildlife Removal Company can remove problem wildlife, and a pest control company handles bug issues and termites. All healthy wildlife that is causing a nuisance on your property such as raccoons in attic, bats in attic, groundhogs under the shed, squirrels’ in attic, should call a Wildlife Removal Service. Any resident that is having a bug issue, bed bugs, bees, ants, should call an exterminator for removal purposes.
There has never been an official Bear sighting in Marlboro Twp as of Present. The one page Be Bear Aware  (pdf, 96kb) public-safety flyer can be distributed directly to residents to help them learn more about coexisting with bears. The flyer offers simple steps for minimizing the potential for nuisance bears in the neighborhood. It can also help to reduce the number of incidents that must be handled by local police departments or Department of Environmental Protection personnel.
Remember: Never feed bears! It's illegal in New Jersey, and it's dangerous. Anyone who feeds bears could face a penalty of up to $1,000 for each offense.
Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP's 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337)..
Wild Turkey Management
Wild Turkeys are protected by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Unfortunately, we are not legally allowed to interfere with Wild Turkeys. Direct orders and consent by the NJDEP must be bestowed on individual municipalities to handle any wild turkey incidents. Only if a turkey is ill, has injured a resident or their pets, or has been injured, can an Animal Control Officer remove a wild turkey from its habitat.
Below are some ways to help manage the turkeys on or around personal property.
- Don’t let the turkeys intimidate you. Don't hesitate to scare or threaten a bold, aggressive turkey with loud noises, swatting with a broom or water sprayed from a hose. A dog on a leash is also an effective deterrent.
- Cover windows and other reflective objects. If a turkey is pecking at a shiny object such as a vehicle or window, cover or otherwise disguise the object. Harass the bird by chasing it, squirting with a hose or other means of aggression.
- Protect your garden and crops. You can harass turkeys searching for food in your gardens. Dogs tethered on a run can also be effective in scaring turkeys away from gardens. Netting is another option to employ. In agricultural situations, some scare devices are effective.
- Educate your neighbors. Pass this information along: Your efforts will be futile if neighbors are providing food for turkeys or neglecting to act boldly towards the birds. It requires the efforts of the entire neighborhood to help keep wild turkeys wild.
What is The Rabies Virus?
Rabies virus is an acute viral infection of the brain or ‘encephalitis’. The virus’s habit is to use the central nervous system, and travel along the peripheral nerves to the brain. If the disease establishes it’s self in the brain, the virus is usually irreversible as well as fatal. After receiving a bite or a scratch, the incubation period is twenty to ninety days for a symptom to appear.
This incubation period depends on the individual situation:
- The severity of the bite cut or scratches.
- A person’s age – children show signs faster.
- The location of the bite on the body - incubation is shorter for bites around the head, neck, and hands than on the lower extremities.
Rabies Manifests in Two Ways:
- The first pattern is paralytic rabies. Often this one is referred to as ‘dumb’ rabies.
- The second pattern shows it’s self as ‘furious’ rabies, and is prone to aggression and biting.
Rabies Myths and Rabies Facts:
- Myth: A dog doesn’t have rabies if he acts friendly.
- Fact: An infected dog can have any number of mood changes due to the rabies virus. A normally aggressive dog could suddenly act friendly, and the reverse is true. Also, an animal can transmit the disease before showing any clinical signs.
- Myth: A rabid dog or animal with rabies shows fear of water.
- Fact: People infected with rabies get painful spasms when trying to drink, which leads to ‘hydrophobia’ (fear of water). Animals don’t have these spasms, and may drink all they want.
- Myth: A rabid animal froths at the mouth.
- Fact: Not always. Only the animals with the paralytic rabies will salivate continually due to jaw muscles being paralyzed. Paralytic rabies is present in about 20% of rabies cases. The other 80% won’t have this symptom.
- Myth: A rabid animal will be vicious and snap at everything.
- Fact: Only the animal with the ‘furious’ type of rabies is likely to act this way.
- Myth: Skunks are the number one rabies carrier.
- Fact: In the United States, according to the ASRR, raccoons have the largest number of rabies cases in a species. Due to militant vaccination practices with dogs, rabies has become predominantly a wildlife problem. However, world-wide, unvaccinated dogs are the number one transmitters of the disease.
More Rabies Facts:
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of all warm-blooded animals.
- Rabies is not transmittable by blood, urine, or feces. It’s only contracted by saliva coming into contact with a cut skin by a bite, scratch, or other wounds.
- Due to their low body temperature, opossums are extremely resistant to rabies. Hissing, drooling, and shaking are normal forms of defense for these mammals.
- A raccoon, skunk, or fox seen out and about in the daytime is not necessarily infected with rabies.
- Once the symptoms of rabies appear in any mammal, the disease is fatal.
- The rabies virus is preventable through a series of vaccinations.
- In the United States, only 2-3 people die each year from rabies.
Summer Pet Care
- Never leave your pet in the car even with the windows rolled down
- Watch out for antifreeze when your pet drinks from puddles in the street
- Keep animals well groomed which will help keep them cool and free of ticks
- Water needs to be available inside and outside – and the bowls checked a few times a day
- Make sure your pet doesn’t overexert itself especially on humid days
- Keep an eye out for heatstroke which is a medical emergency.
Signs of heatstroke include:
- Warm, dry skin
- Rapid heartbeat
The coyote is a wild member of the dog family. This resourceful mammal has expanded its range significantly in the recent past, colonizing the entire Northeast and now found throughout New Jersey. The coyote was never introduced or stocked in New Jersey, but has firmly established itself in the Marlboro area through its extremely adaptable nature. If a coyote is seen on your property or any other wildlife, just monitor the situation. If the wildlife is just passing through without showing signs of injury or aggression (possible rabid) then there is no need to call the Animal Control Department. We can only handle sick or injured wildlife within Marlboro Twp.
The following guidelines can help reduce the likelihood of conflicts with coyotes:
- Never feed a coyote. Deliberately feeding coyotes puts pets and other residents in the neighborhood at risk.
- Feeding pet cats and/or feral (wild) cats outdoors can attract coyotes. The coyotes feed on the pet food and also prey upon the cats.
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
- Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
- Bring pets in at night.
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
- Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, and other farm animals.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- Although extremely rare, coyotes have been known to attack humans. Parents should monitor their children, even in familiar surroundings, such as backyards.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings - this reduces protective cover for coyotes and makes the area less attractive to rodents and rabbits. Coyotes, as well as other predators, are attracted to areas where rodents are concentrated like woodpiles.
- If coyotes are present, make sure they know they're not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.
If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact your local police and the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 908-735-8793; outside of normal business hours call the DEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.