RED BANK & FAIR HAVEN: SPCA TAKES OVER

His position eliminated, Red Bank Animal Control Officer Henry Perez has been reassigned to a new job, says McConnell. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Effective Thursday, calls for animal control services from Red Bank and Fair Haven are being handled by the Monmouth County SPCA, acting Red Bank business administrator Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: DUCKLINGS FOUND IN OFFICE SPACE

On what may have been his final call, Red Bank animal control officer Henry Perez responded to a report of ducklings found inside a Broad Street office building Tuesday.

The four downy babies were discovered by the unidentified painter at right, with their mother nowhere to be found.

Perez transported to the ducklings to the Monmouth County SPCA, which, under a contract with the borough that goes into effect Friday, is displacing him from his job of 18 years. He’s expected to be reassigned to another position within the public utilities department. (Click to enlarge photos.)

 

 

 

RED BANK: WHAT’S ON COUNCIL AGENDA

red bank east side lots 040820The East Side parking lots would get a makeover under an engineering contract on the agenda. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe Red Bank council has some weighty spending and hiring matters on its agenda when it meets this week.

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RED BANK: ANIMAL JOB ENDANGERED

Henry Perez with a ferret owner during a census of cats and dogs in 2008. (Photo by Colleen Curry. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njHenry Perez thinks maybe he’s dropped the ball, given that his bosses – the Red Bank mayor and council – appear determined to eliminate his job.

“I totally blame myself, because my residents know more about what I do than my superiors,” the borough’s animal control officer told the the council during its monthly workshop meeting Wednesday.

Still, over the pleas of residents, the governing body showed no sign of halting a plan to sign a six-month contract with the Monmouth County SPCA.

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RED BANK: ANIMAL SERVICE BACK ON AGENDA

Debbie Nagel, the animal control supervisor for Long Branch who serves as backup for Red Bank, with an orphaned raccoon pup rescued from a tree on Brown Place last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njSquirrels in the attic? Bats in the bathroom?

Red Bank residents would have to pay $90 an hour to have wild animals removed from their homes under a plan that returns for discussion Wednesday night.

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RED BANK: WHAT’S ON AGENDA, AND NOT

red bank saxum 176 riverside aveA rendering of Saxum Real Estate’s approved but not-yet-built plan for 176 Riverside Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA controversial plan to job out Red Bank’s in-house animal control service is expected to be tabled Wednesday night.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for the semimonthly meeting of the mayor and council.

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RED BANK: ANIMAL CONTROL VOTE SCHEDULED

Henry Perez with opossums orphaned when their mother was hit by a car in 2016. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicHowls of protest are expected Wednesday night when the Red Bank council considers a proposal to scrap its in-house animal control service.

In addition to eliminating the position of animal control officer, held for the past 18 years by Henry Perez, the council would shift the work for the second half of 2021 to the Monmouth County SPCA, a change opponents say would delay responses.

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RED BANK: ANIMAL OPERATION ON THE BLOCK

Animal Control Officer Henry Perez with a bat removed from a Madison Avenue home in 2013. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicIn a move that has animal advocates alarmed, Red Bank is looking at jobbing out its animal control operation.

They say replacing the in-house service with the Monmouth County SPCA would reduce response times and service.

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RED BANK: PARAKEET FOUND

parakeet 080516Did you lose a parakeet? A resident of Allen Place in Red Bank found this young, “very friendly” one earlier this week, says borough animal control officer Henry Perez, who learned about it Friday.

If it’s yours or belongs to someone you know, contact Perez at 848-207-6066 (Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: ORPHANED OPOSSUMS SAVED

rb opposums 080416 1Henry perez 080416Two baby opossums that survived when their mother was killed by a passing vehicle on Madison Avenue in Red Bank early Thursday morning were taken to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls by borough animal control officer Henry Perez.

Because opposums are marsupial, the pouched offspring often survive such incidents, Perez said. And the outlook for the babies is positive, he said. After receiving initial care from the vet, they’ll be turned over to volunteer “rehabbers” and eventually released in the wild, he said (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: MIFFED TORTOISE MISSING

rb tortoise 081915A Red Bank family is asking for helping finding an exotic tortoise that went missing Tuesday.

“It’s mating season, and the male apparently got a little too aggressive,” prompting the nine-inch-long female to climb over a barrier and flee, said borough animal control officer Henry Perez, who’s joined the search in the vicinity of Spring Street and Wallace Street.

Anyone who’s seen the Brazilian cherry-head red-foot tortoise is asked to call Perez at 848-482-0864.  (Click to enlarge)

 

SHREWSBURY: FIFTH DOG RESCUED

A Wheaten Terrier-mix puppy at the Associated Humane Societies facility in Tinton Falls Friday morning, shortly after his rescue in Shrewsbury. (Click to enlarge)

The last of five possibly abandoned young dogs that were on the loose in an industrial area of Shrewsbury was captured Friday morning, Animal Control Officer Henry Perez tells redbankgreen.

The Wheaten Terrier-mix pup, wet and mangy but tail a-wagging, was caught in a humane trap he set Tuesday, after four other dogs were rounded up near the Satellite Self Storage facility on Tuesday.

The first four, originally believed to be all puppies, are now known to be three pups – one a type of Pomeranian –and an adult female, said Perez. It’s unclear if the adult, a Wheaten mix like three of the pups, is the mother.

It’s also unknown, and likely to stay unknown, if the animals,  were born in the wild or dumped there, Perez said. They appear to have been using an exposed drainage pipe for temporary shelter, he said.

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SHREWSBURY: PUPPY DUMPING SUSPECTED

Three of the four puppies captured Tuesday morning took temporary shelter in a drainage pipe. A fifth escaped. (Click to enlarge)

Shrewsbury authorities are searching for the owners of five young dogs that appear to have been abandoned in town, redbankgreen has learned.

Four of the five were captured Tuesday morning and transported to the Humane Society facility in Tinton Falls for examination, said borough Animal Control Officer Henry Perez. The fifth got away, he said.

“They’re all really dirty, with mangled fur,” Perez said.

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SHREWSBURY: PAIR GUILTY IN WILD CAT CASE

Some of the makeshift housing created for a colony of cats behind a preschool in Shrewsbury, as seen last July. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two women were found guilty of fostering a “nuisance” colony of feral cats in a Shrewsbury office park Tuesday.

Jeanette Petti of Oceanport and Ruth Rapkin of Tinton Falls say they will appeal the verdict by municipal court Judge James Berube, as well as his order that they each pay $650 in fines and relocate the colony. That, their lawyer said, would be a “death sentence” for five cats the women feed and provide medical care for.

“We should be considered heroes, not criminals,” for ensuring the health of the wild felines and thus, the community, Petti told redbankgreen after a two-and-a-half-hour trial at a special session of the court.

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DEER DIES AFTER BEING CHASED INTO ROAD

Two passersby try to corral a loose dog that chased a deer into Ridge Road in Fair Haven late Friday morning, causing the deer to be struck by a passing car. The deer had to be euthanized and the dog was returned to its owner in Rumson, animal control officer Henry Perez tells redbankgreen. (Click to enlarge)