Middle ends shared animal control with other communities

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Middle Township Committee has decided to keep all animal control services in the community and discontinue the practice of sharing resources with other towns. 

According to officials, the decision will help the township improve the level of animal control services and public safety while also complying with state requirements, including conducting a dog census.

“This decision makes sense for a diverse community like Middle Township as we continue our efforts of providing a much higher level of services and public safety for our community,” said Mayor Tim Donohue.  “The small amount of revenue that the township sacrifices by not sharing our animal control services with other communities will be greatly offset by a much higher level of service, protection, and compliance with various regulations and state mandates.”

Middle Township retains the services of animal control officer William Candell, who will now serve the township on a full-time basis. 

According to information from the township, Candell will enhance and improve the Middle’s animal control services while providing additional educational opportunities to the public, and more detailed reports to the Township Committee. 

Monthly reports will detail items such as unlicensed dogs, rabies and animal cruelty cases, and community outreach opportunities.  The township will have a more diligent effort to document and follow up on all animal complaints and investigations, reads a statement from a township spokesman.

The township will schedule and promote two rabies clinics each year.  The next clinic will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Middle Township Public Works building.  In accordance with state statute, Middle Township will also conduct a dog census every two years with a full report to be issued to the Township Committee no later than Sept. 1.  A dog census effort involving Animal Control and members of the Middle Township Department of Public Works will begin in February. 

In addition, the Animal Control department will enforce Middle Township’s ordinance 121-01, which requires dog owners to provide both warmth and shelter for their pets during extreme cold weather.  The animal control ordinance provides for fines up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for violations.

For additional information, see www.middletownship.com.  To contact Middle Township Animal Control, residents may call 609-465-8700 or email Bill Candell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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