Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed A-4225 into law. A-4225 revises the effective dates of certain sections of the recently enacted reforms to the Animal Cruelty Laws (P.L. 2017, C.331). Specifically, Section 6 (which pertains to the appointment of certified animal control officers) and Section 32 (which pertains to county societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals) of P.L. 2017, c.331, will no longer become effective August 1, 2018 and now become effective February 1, 2019. In addition, Section 8 of P.L. 1997, c.247, (which outlines the authority of a certified animal control officer to enforce all animal cruelty laws, investigate and sign complaints, and make arrests) which was scheduled to be repealed on August 1, 2018, will now be repealed on February 1, 2019.
While the effective dates of the law changes have been adjusted it is important to note that no substantive changes have been made to recent reforms to the Animal Cruelty Law. You should review the change in the effective dates of these sections with your municipal attorney for further information on how it impacts your municipality.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, FMarshall@njlsom.org, 609-695-3481, ext. 137.