Borough of Sussex

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Sussex Borough Animal Control

Animal control services are contracted to Wantage Township. The Wantage Animal Control facility is located behind the Wantage Municipal Building. The entrance is on Brown Road. The Animal Control officer is out on calls quite often so please leave a message and you will be called back as soon as possible.

Department Hours

Monday through Thursday
10 AM. to 3 PM
By appointment only 3 to 6 PM.

Friday and Saturday
10 AM. to Noon
By appointment only after 12 PM.

Closed Sunday and holidays

Contact Info

Phone: 973-875-9390
After hours: call 973-383-1514

Animal Control Officer

John Abate
Email: no email

Assistant Animal Control Officer

Amy Heater
Email: no email

Duties of Animal Control

The Animal Control Officer enforces all local and state regulations regarding the animal population. It is also responsible for the enforcement of the animal ordinances, the capture of sick and rabid animals, and domestic animals in distress.

The Animal Control Officer is on call 24 hours a day. After hours, call 973-383-1514. The Animal Control Officer will also come out if a bat is found in the sleeping area of your residence.

If you have a complaint about a bear in or around your neighborhood, please call 877-927-6337.

Surrender Policies

You must call to make an appointment to surrender your pet.
Surrender fees vary from $15 to $50.
Do NOT leave your pet tied to the gate or door!

Pet Adoption

Adoption fees currently range from $25 to $45 depending on age and if purebred or mixed. Adoption Days are held thoroughout the year at various locations. See the Friends of the Wantage Animal Shelter's Facebook page for more information.

Rabies Clinics

Free rabies clinics are held annually. The next scheduled clinic will be announced. Bring proof of prior rabies shot. Dogs must be leashed, cats in a carrier. Animals must be accompanied by an adult. At the present time, masks must be worn by humans accompanying pets.

Dog Licenses

Licences are required for all dogs six months old and older that reside in the Borough. Owners of new dogs must obtain a license for their dog within ten days of when their dog reaches licensing age. Dog licence forms are are due in January. Owners of a dog found to be unlicensed after February 1 shall be required to pay a late fee. Additionally, the person harboring the dog may be subject to a fine for failure to obtain a dog license. If a dog has a valid license from another NJ municipality, a Sussex Borough Dog License may be obtained at no cost. License renewals are mailed to dog owners in early January. Forms for new dogs may be picked up at Boro Hall or download a dog license form here.

Completed forms should be mailed with:

  1. the appropriate fee
  2. a stamped, self addressed envelope
  3. proof of rabies vaccination
  4. proof of spay/neuter
to:
Dog License
Sussex Borough Town Hall
2 Main Street
Sussex, NJ 07461


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