The core function of the Animal Cruelty Task Force is the proactive investigation and prosecution of alleged cases of animal neglect and cruelty within Bergen County. The task force works in cooperation with local law enforcement in the investigation of all complaints. Community education is one component of the task force’s work.
Animal Cruelty Task Force investigations are generated by tips from the public, Animal Control Officers and local law enforcement to our central dispatch at 201-573-8900. The dispatch line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers should be mindful that they may remain anonymous, however in case of criminal prosecution a witness will be required.
The Animal Cruelty Task Force is comprised of dedicated volunteers. Members attend continuing education classes on evenings and weekends to hone their skills as Animal Cruelty Investigators. All members are required to complete a rigorous curriculum and basic firearms qualification at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.