An Important Message to All Members From
The New Jersey Certified Animal Control Officers Association Board

July 20, 2020

To our Members,

The New Jersey Certified Animal Control Officers Association Board has recently received numerous calls of concern regarding an incident involving an Animal Control Officer’s actions in the apprehension of a dog in
Salem County, New Jersey.

After a review of the video circulating on social media involving Animal Control Officer Ronald Sutton, the NJCACOA Board of members feel the need to express our disappointment in the manner that ACO Sutton attempted
to apprehend the dog.

Furthermore, we want to advise our members and the public that ACO Sutton is not a member, or affiliated with the NJCACOA, and at no time would the Association support his efforts in apprehending an animal within the manner viewed with the volume of resources available in this day and age. The future of his certification shall now be determined by the New Jersey Department of Health and we are confident they will investigate and take appropriate actions.

In closing, we would like to thank all the individuals who have voiced their concerns and shed light on this unfortunate incident.


Post Office Box 174
Pennington, NJ 08534