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Section: Duties, responsibilities of county society.
7. A county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals continued or established in accordance with section 6 of P.L.2005, c.372 (C.4:22-11.6) shall: a. Elect its own board of trustees from the members of the county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals who reside within the county or who choose to be affiliated with that county society; b. Establish bylaws or regulations necessary for the governance and operation of the county society; c. Enforce all laws and ordinances enacted for the protection of animals; d. Promote the interests of, and protect and care for, animals within the State; e. Appoint agents for enforcing all laws and ordinances enacted for the protection of animals and for the investigation of alleged acts of cruelty to animals within the State; appoint up to, but not more than, three agents for commission as humane law enforcement officers in accordance with the provisions of sections 9 and 10 of P.L.2005, c.372 (C.4:22-11.9 and C.4:22-11.10) for the purpose of enforcing all laws and ordinances enacted for the protection of animals and for the investigation of alleged acts of cruelty to animals within the State, and, with the concurrence of the county prosecutor, authorize the commission of such additional humane law enforcement officers over that established maximum as may be necessary based upon population or the number, degree, or complexity of animal cruelty complaints; and appoint a Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer from among the appointed humane law enforcement officers; f. Investigate alleged acts of cruelty to animals and, when necessary, request legal assistance from the office of the appropriate county or municipal prosecutor, which the county or municipal prosecutor, as the case may be, shall make every reasonable effort to provide; g. Adopt a badge, which shall be authority for making arrests and which shall be easily distinguishable from the badge adopted by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; h. Have the authority to sue and be sued in all courts, and all actions brought by or against the county society shall be in its corporate name; and i. Purchase and hold any real estate as may be expedient for the advancement of the purposes of the county society, and take by devise or gift all real estate or personal property that is devised or given to it, without regard to value. The title to any real estate shall be taken in the corporate name of the county society. L.2005,c.372,s.7.
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