ASSEMBLY, No. 3576

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 6, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  NELSON T. ALBANO

District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Permits municipalities to contract with animal and humane societies which engage in animal foster care.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning municipal contracts with humane societies and amending P.L.1977, c.88.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.1977, c.88 (C.40:48-5.1) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    Whenever in any municipality there shall not be established under municipal authority a public pound for the keeping of stray dogs, cats or other domestic pets, and there shall exist in the county wherein such municipality is situated or in any adjoining county, a pound maintained by any humane society or other similar association, not organized for pecuniary profit, which shall have continuously maintained said pound for at least 1 year, or an animal foster care service maintained by any humane society or other similar association, not organized for pecuniary profit, for which members or volunteers provide temporary shelter and care for animals in their homes pending their permanent adoption or admission to a pound, which shall have continuously engaged in animal foster care for at least 1 year, such municipality shall  enter into negotiations and may contract with [such] one or more [society] societies or associations for any period not exceeding 5 years, for collecting, keeping for redemption and  destroying all such stray animals found within the municipal limits.

     Any provision of any law requiring advertisement for bids before the letting of any contract involving the expenditure of money shall not be applicable to the making of any such contract with such society or association.

(cf: P.L.1977, c.88, s.1)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill permits municipalities which have not established a public pound for the keeping of stray dogs, cats or other domestic pets to contract with an animal foster care service maintained by any humane society or other  similar association, not organized for pecuniary profit, for which members or volunteers provide temporary shelter and care for animals pending their permanent adoption or admission to a pound, which shall have  continuously engaged in animal foster care for at least 1 year, for collecting, keeping for redemption and destroying all such stray animals found within the municipal limits.  Currently, municipalities may only contract for such services with a pound maintained by any humane society or other  similar association, not organized for pecuniary profit, which shall have continuously maintained the pound for at least 1 year.  The bill permits municipalities to contract with either a pound or a pet foster care organization, or both organizations simultaneously.