City of Long Branch

General Information
Sidney Johnson
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
344 Broadway
Long Branch,

Animal Control


The City of Long Branch Health Department provides a comprehensive program to residents for animal control. 

For questions pertaining to Animal Control, contact Deb Nagel, Animal Control Supervisor at 732-222-7000, ext. 5260 or via email

For urgent animal related matters outside of normal business hours, contact the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000. 


As per City Ordinance § 109-2: All dogs and cats owned by residents of Long Branch must be licensed by the Health/Animal Control Department. Read the full ordinance at:

To obtain a license you must present current proof of rabies vaccination. 

During the pandemic, all licensing is being done by mail. Click here for an application.

Licenses are:

· $12.00 for spayed or neutered dogs.

· $18.00 for non-spayed or non-neutered dogs. 

· $5.00 for spayed or neutered cats

· $7.00 for non-spayed or non-neutered cats.

Proof of above is required. 

The Health Department provides an annual free rabies clinic for dogs and cats. Contact Animal Control  Supervisor Deb Nagel for more information at 732-222-7000, ext. 5260.


Animal Control Officers enforce regulations in the City of Long Branch with regards to at-large animals and pet waste.  Dogs are not permitted to be at large unless on private property. Dogs are not permitted at-large on our beaches.  All dogs must be leashed when being walked on public thoroughfares.  Pet owners or anyone who takes a pet for a walk must properly dispose of the waste. 

Download “Pet Waste Pollutes Our Waters” notice for more information (PDF)


For information regarding Animal Cruelty crimes and penalties as well as a guide to prevention, click the links below:

· 4:22-17 Cruelty; certain acts, crime; degrees

· Penalties for various acts constituting cruelty

· Guide to prevention of Animal Cruelty

Meet Animal Control Officer, K9 Tucker: 

Tucker, a Smooth Coat Border Collie, was brought by plane from Virginia to NJ on 4/24/16 to meet up with his new partner, Animal Control Officer, Deb Nagel. Tucker is the City's Official Geese Patrol Dog. He reminds pesky gaggles of geese when they are not welcome at local parks, lakes and community sites by giving them a quick and harmless chase. When he's not chasing geese, he loves to participate in special events and visit the schools to help teach kids about being responsible pet owners. 

To see Tucker at work, click here!

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Saturday, October 9, 2021 9AM - 12PM
Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Building on Union Avenue.
(Next to Firehouse, 205 Union Avenue)
Sponsored by the Long Branch Health Department
All cats & dogs are welcome! Proof of vaccination will be provided.
Please leash dogs and have cats in a carrier.

PLEASE GIVE SEALS THEIR SPACE! It's the season for seals to come ashore onto the beach. If you see a seal on our beaches, please do not approach them or allow dogs to disturb them. Keep a safe distance (at least 150 ft). Seals are federally protected animals, can be aggressive and do bite! Most seals are simply resting on the beach. Sightings can be reported to the NJMMSC at (609) 266-0538. Please report concerns of an injured or sick seal to the LBPD at 732-222-1000 in order to dispatch Animal Control.


A few reminders regarding dogs at the beach:

· Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk or promenade.

· Dogs are prohibited on all beaches from May 1 through September 30.

· Dogs are permitted on municipal beaches from October 1 until April 30; Seaview to Brighton

· All dogs must be leashed at all times and shall not enter any prohibited areas.

· Dog owners/walkers must carry a visible device for the removal of animal waste.

Read the full ordinance at: