Burlington County Humane Police
Law Enforcement Division
The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was created in 1868 and is the second oldest SPCA in the United States; the New York ASPCA is the oldest known society. Its enforcement agents were established as Law Enforcement Officers in charge of investigating and prosecuting all persons involved in animal abuse and neglect.
The Burlington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a County Chapter who reports directly to the NJSPCA as a society.
The Burlington County Humane Law Enforcement Division or (Humane Police Department) reports directly to the Burlington County Prosecutors Office for all enforcement complaints, cases, warrants and arrests. The law enforcement division is the only enforcement unit with in Burlington County to enforce Title 4 violations.
All Humane Law Enforcement Officers within the BCHP are Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer’s within the State of New Jersey.
Our mission today is the same. Through the tireless efforts of our highly trained and professional law enforcement personnel, we are making a difference…one complaint at a time.
In addition, we are committed to educating the public on responsible pet ownership. The Burlington County Humane Police is funded solely by donations, grants, bequests and fines levied. It receives no government funding or tax dollars. Please help us in our quest to end the needless suffering of animals in our county by donating today.
Humane Law Enforcement Officer
Every day our hotline receives numerous complaints regarding potential cases of animal abuse and neglect. The Hotline operators log the calls into our complaint system, which automatically generates a case number and sends out an alert to the appropriate Supervisor. The Supervisor then dispatches that complaint to an HLEO, who becomes the lead criminal Investigator for that case.
Now that the complaint is logged, it is the HLEO’s job to interview the subject(s) to assess whether there is merit to that complaint. He/she might make calls to other Police Departments, Veterinarians, County or Local Health Departments and shelters to get more background information on the person(s) in question. It is imperative that detailed notes are taken all through an investigation, including pictures, if applicable. If a violation of an animal cruelty statute has been committed, summonses will be issued and the offender will be brought to court.
The Court Date
When a Title 4 summons has been issued, the person receiving the violation has the right to plea guilty or not guilty, just as one would to a traffic violation. If they plead guilty, they and the HLEO will go in front of the Judge for his ruling. If the defendant would like to plead not guilty, a trial date will be set, which will precede much like a regular trial, with witnesses and expert testimonies. It is the very important job of the HLEO to prepare his or her case by ensuring all reports are clear and concise, pictures are printed, and all appropriate forms are filled out in full.
It takes a person with drive, commitment, and people skills to be a Humane Law Enforcement Officer with the Burlington County Humane Police. If you would like to find out more about joining our organization, please visit one of our website or face book page and contact us.