Denville Township Animal
Control operates under the auspices of the Denville Township Police
Administration Division. Denville Township Animal Control
Officer Meredith Petrillo provides animal control, animal cruelty and
animal rescue service to the Township. ACO Petrillo also runs
the Denville Animal Shelter and oversees the operation of the
Denville Township Dog Park, "The Happy Hound Play Ground".
Animal Shelter Operations:
Denville Township provides shelter of misplaced
domestic animals. If you have lost or found an animal, we
provide a safe place for that animal until we find their owner.
If no one comes forward for the animal after seven days, the Township
of Denville places the animal up for adoption by appointment. We
do not charge an adoption fee, however we do ask for a donation of
food and supplies back to the shelter so the animals that are there
for longer periods of time can be provided for. If you have lost
your pet, please contact the police desk at 973-627-4900 ext. 9, as
they are aware of all of the animals that are placed in the shelter.
Reclaiming your pet may be done during the following hours: Mon. -
Fri. from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sat. from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.,
closed on Sunday. There is a $25 plus $12 per calendar day
charge to the owner. No animal will be returned on Sundays or
Denville Township provides residents and their
pets resources in case of an emergency. If there is a fire,
flood or other disaster that requires you to leave your home and you
do not have a place to go with your pets, the animal shelter will be
made available to you so that your pets can be safe until you can
return home. We will also assist in removal and housing for pets
if there is a medical emergency. If you require this type of
assistance, please contact the Denville Police.
Denville Township requires all dogs and cats over the age of seven
months to have rabies shots and to be licensed with the Township.
Failure to do so may result in a summons. To obtain a license
for your pet, you can download an application here.
Application for a Dog License.
Application for a Cat License.
All dogs are required to be an a leash no more than six feet in length
and controlled by a person capable of controlling the dog whenever the
dog is on public property.
Curbing your dog requires you to walk your dog along the curb so as
not to cause damage to private property and picking up after your dog
and disposing of fecal matter in a proper manner.
All dogs and cats must have a Denville Township registration tag on
their collar when in public.
Dogs running at large is not permitted in any part of the Township
except within the confines of the dog park located at Veteran's
Memorial Park on Zeek Road. Membership to the park is required
and an application may be downloaded here.
Press Release for New Dog Park at Veteran's Memorial Park
Application for membership to Happy Hound Playgound.
Denville Township's ACO is also an animal cruelty investigator.
If you have a concern about how an animal is being cared for or
treated, please contact the Denville Police Department and provide as
much information as possible. Also, please provide a call-back
phone number so that we can follow up with you. You do not have
to give your name.
Township has a large wildlife population that includes black bears,
red fox, coyotes, beaver, muskrats, raccoons, skunks and, of course,
deer. In most cases, if these animals are in your neighborhood,
it is because there is a food source. Containing or removing the
food source will force these animals to look for food in other areas.
Some tips to follow: place your garbage at the curb on the morning of
pick-up, have a secure lid on your garbage cans, store your garbage in
a secure area and do not feed the birds (except in winter - if you do
enjoy feeding the birds, place bird feeders at least twelve feet in
the air and away from your home).
If you find a wildlife baby or any species, DO NOT TOUCH! Most
of the time, the mother is around. Observe the animal for a
period of time and contact the police if you believe the animal is
Just because a raccoon
is out during the day does not mean that it has rabies. Observe
the animal and contact the police if it is making a strange noise, is
unable to climb, is falling over or walking in circles.
In the spring, the deer give birth in our back yards. It is
normal for the deer to leave their newborn fawns in our yards for up
to eighteen hours. The only time intervention should take place
is if the fawn starts to cry and is walking around looking for its
mother, or if there are flies around the fawn. Otherwise, it is
very normal to have them in our neighborhood yards into the late
Fox, coyote and bears
are not nocturnal animals. They may be seen anytime of day or
night. If the animal appears to be sick, injured or aggressive
then it should be reported to the Denville Police.
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