by Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal
Friday April 10, 2009, 1:06 PM
Someone seems to be dumping dead and stray animals in North Bergen, where more than a dozen dead animals a day, according to the manager of the Newark Associated Humane Society, which has the contract to deal with animal control in the township.
"I have a funny feeling someone is dumping animals in the town," Society Manager Denton Infield said.
Infield said he believes the culprit may be someone under contract to do animal control in another municipality and looking to save money by getting rid of dead and live animals rather than properly disposing or placing them.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating the matter, Infield said. The department is closed today for Good Friday and couldn't be reached for comment.
The Newark AHS had the contract to do animal control in North Bergen but the job was taken over by the Hudson County Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals a couple of years ago. The county organization was later shut down and Newark AHS resumed animal control duties in North Bergen at the beginning of this year, Infield said.
Infield said that when his organization took over he was shocked at how many animals were turning up and said the circumstances were sometimes "mysterious."
Many of the animals are found on Paterson Plank Road or on quiet streets nearby, he said, adding that only about two dead animals a day would be expected in a municipality the size of North Bergen.
The AHS manager also said his workers might pick up two dead animals at a location and then be called back a few hours later to pick up more animals there and find the animals were already in rigor mortis, suggesting they were dead for some time.
Infield also said that when his organization gets calls to pick up stray animals, they are usually trapped in yards or homes or wandering through neighborhoods. In North Bergen, however, cats and dogs reported as strays seem to be turning up tied to fences, posts or other objects.
Animals being recovered include dead dogs, cats, skunks, opossums, raccoons, sheep and goats, Infield said.
It's not unheard of to find animals used as sacrifices in religious rituals in North Bergen but Infield said the types of animals and the locations they are found does not seem to fit that pattern.
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