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Pets and Adhesives

From the ASPCA newsletter:

STICKY SITUATIONS: 740% INCREASE IN CASES OF PETS INGESTING POLYURETHANE GLUE Imagine this scenario: a young boxer pup chews open a tube of polyurethane glue, accidentally left out when his owners were doing home repairs. The pup swallows some of the glue, and the next morning, he refuses breakfast and begins vomiting. His swollen abdomen seems tender to the touch. The concerned owners rush their pet to the local animal hospital, where they discover a large mass in the pup’s stomach. Surgery is required to remove the softball-sized lump of expanded and solidified polyurethane glue.

Unfortunately, this scenario has played out many times all across the country. Since 2005, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has managed more than 135 cases involving exposure to adhesives containing diphenylmethane diisocyanate. But what’s more astounding? This number represents an increase of more than 740 percent since 2002! Whether this is due to the growing popularity of d…

Who can Investigate and Who can make an Arrest

The following information was provided by the ASPCA:

New Jersey

Links- Statutes of New Jersey

Authority to Investigate Cruelty**

Law enforcement officers: Yes
Humane Law enforcement officers: Yes
Agent of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals: Yes

Authority to Make Arrests***

Law enforcement officers: Yes, See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-44(a) (2006)
Humane Law Enforcement officers: Yes, See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-44(a) (2006)
Agent of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals: No, but may issue summons. See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-11.1 (2006).

Any humane law enforcement officer, or any sheriff, undersheriff, constable, certified animal control officer, or police officer may make arrests for violations of cruelty to animal laws, and may arrest without a warrant any person found violating the animal cruelty laws and take such person before the nearest judge or magistrate as provided in this article. See N.J. Stat. Ann. §4:22-44 (2006). See also 4:22-44.

An agent for the society of the…