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Township Council Hears First Reading of Proposed Pet Ordinances

Second reading and public hearing for new pet laws set for next council meeting on July 10

Two ordinances seeking to modify laws regarding the sale of pets in the township and related enforcement codes were heard for a first reading at Tuesday evening’s council meeting.

The sale ordinance seeks to prohibit any pet store operator or pet store from selling, delivering, offering for sale, bartering, auctioning or otherwise improperly disposing of cats or dogs in the Township of Brick. However, the ordinance does not apply to legally existing nonconforming pet stores, or shelters, pounds or other establishments from keeping, displaying, selling or otherwise transferring any cat or dog that has been seized, rescued or donated.

Penalties for violating this ordinance are proposed to be $2,000 per each offense, 90 days of incarceration in the Ocean County Jail or 90 days of community service — as determined by a municipal judge.

The enforcement ordinance will see that all applications for pet licenses are properly filled out and signed by applicants, and kept on file for three months. At the same time, that information will be forwarded on a monthly basis to the State Department of Health.

Though the ordinances have only been heard on first reading to this point, a second reading and subsequent public hearing for these proposed laws will take place at the next township council meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. in the chambers of the Brick Township Municipal Complex.

These ordinances come soon after state legislators Sen. Jim Holzapfel, plus Assemblymen David Wolfe and Gregory McGuckin (all R-Ocean) the “Healthy Puppies and Kittens Assurance Act”, which seeks to levy strict regulations on pet stores who sell their animals from puppy and kitten mill breeders.

Legislation of this nature is also in response to the at a local pet store named Puppies Galore back in January. The owner and manager of that establishment — Maria De Santis, of Old Bridge and Nathan “Nat” Sladkin, of Farmingdale, respectively — in connection with the condition of the Hooper Avenue store.

Seen Enough June 29, 2012 at 01:09 AM
and its only day 180 of the Ducey regime, where are those savings they pledged? Thats why they were elected.
Rose Amato Liantonio June 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM
If anyone wants to get a animal, please go to a breeder. When you go into pet shops where there selling dogs and cats, they are sick animals, those poor animals a locked in the cages all day and night. Close all pet shops, or let them just sell food and toys
DennyD June 29, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Did you already get your August tax bill? I did not so I have no way of determining if it is up, down or the same.
denise June 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
what is going on with the puppys galore case. Haven't heard any more
frances July 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
would love an update . . .

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