Animal control for town is under new control

The municipality should save  an estimated $12,000 a year under a new animal-control arrangement.

Borough officials announced Tuesday night that they had approved an agreement with Edison to handle all Highland Park’s animal control needs. The move replaces a previous shared-services agreement with New Brunswick, which had subcontracted the rescue portion of its animal control to Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter in Helmetta.

The change, initiated by Council President Padraic Millet, had been prompted by recent allegations of neglect and poor sanitation practices at the Helmetta center, that ultimately led to a raid last month by state health and animal-welfare officers.


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