[Adopted 2-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-06]
There is hereby created within the Township of Ewing the position of Animal Cruelty Investigator.
The Animal Cruelty Investigator shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Township Council, and shall serve a term of office of three years, commencing on January 1 of the year of appointment and ending on December 31 of the third year or until a successor shall be appointed and qualified.
The duties of the Animal Cruelty Investigator shall include but not be limited to the following:
Enforce all laws and ordinances enacted for the protection of animals, including but not limited to animal control, animal welfare and animal cruelty laws of the State of New Jersey and local ordinances.
Conduct investigations and initiate and prosecute complaints and/or violations of animal control, animal welfare or animal cruelty laws of the State of New Jersey, as well as local ordinances.
Engage in the apprehension and arrest and detection of offenders who have violated animal control, animal welfare and animal cruelty laws of the State of New Jersey as well as local ordinances.
Working in consultation and cooperation with the Township of Ewing Police Department, the Chief Animal Control Officers and other animal cruelty investigators under the direction of the Chief Animal Control Officer as well as the Business Administrator, when applicable, and when necessary, cooperatively determining whether probable cause exists for the application and issuance of a search or arrest warrant and implementing same.
To be appointed to the position of Animal Cruelty Investigator, a person must hold a certified animal control officer certificate from the State of New Jersey and have and maintain the New Jersey State Animal Cruelty Investigators Certification pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16a.