Paul Ashton and his pet ferret, Flower, greet animal control guy Henry Perez.
By COLLEEN CURRY
Henry Perez doesnt give up easily. After repeatedly knocking on an unassuming front door on Red Bank’s West Side, he takes an investigative look around and puts his ear to the door.
“I don’t hear barking,” he says, making a note on his clipboard, “but I dont like the look of that ‘Beware of Dog’ sign.”
Perez waits, playing a game of chicken with whoever or whatever lurks behind the old wooden door. He slyly peers through windows, around porches and up driveways looking for the telltale signs: a wagging tail, a misplaced chew toy, some forgotten droppings.
Concerned neighbor? Scheming burglar? CSI Red Bank?
Nope. Meet Perez, the borough’s Animal Control Officer, midway through a town-wide pet census to license all cats and dogs from the Navesink to Newman Springs Road.
Today, Perez has invited redbankgreen along on the animal beat, and while there’s no answer at this house, he assures us he’ll be back.