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TOMS RIVER – Toms River Animal Control Officer David Matthews today prepared the Toms River Animal Shelter for takeover by the Ocean County Shelter by ensuring that all remaining animals were adopted by local rescue groups or brought to the County Shelter.

The evacuation of the Toms River shelter was necessary to allow for and prepare for construction improvements, including installing a dog run to ensure the animals get adequate exercise and preparing for an in-house veterinarian.

“We are pleased to report that the remaining animals in our care have been adopted or fostered by the County Shelter, which is open 24/7 and has a veterinarian on staff,” said Mayor Rodrick. “Soon, the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Shelter will have the resources to care for animals and give them the best life possible.”

Local animal rescue groups All Fur One in the Silverton section of Toms River, Best Friends of Animals in Williamsboro and SAVE of Toms River collected almost all of the animals Friday. They will work to find them a forever home.

The remaining animals were transported to the Ocean County Animal Shelter on Friday, where they are being prepared for adoption.

County-run animal shelters are the norm throughout New Jersey because municipalities lack the financial resources to operate effectively.

“At the end of the day, we just want what’s best for the animals and taxpayers of Toms River,” said Mayor Rodrick. “The shelter cost us $1 million a year and did not provide the animals with proper care. The province is doing an excellent job and will continue to give these animals the best life and the best chance to be adopted.”

Mayor Rodrick also responded to the false claims made by political opponents on Facebook and other social media platforms. The first claim is that the shelter is closing.

“No one is closing the Toms River Animal Shelter,” he said. “This is completely false and designed to create a political firestorm among former Mayor Maurice Hill’s supporters. The shelter will operate under the Ocean County Health Department, which will care for the animals better than Toms River ever has.”

“These people continually claim that the Ocean County Animal Shelter is a bad place for these animals,” he said. “If the shelter is so bad, why don’t they protest there every day to put an end to these so-called inhumane activities that they say are taking place? The answer is simple: the county has a great refuge program and is more than capable of running the Toms River. hideout.”

He also addressed a claim from an anonymous Facebook scanner news page that claims the animals are being euthanized.

“This is the same page that caused panic in the community earlier this year about busloads of illegal immigrants being dropped off at a hotel,” he added. That has been debunked after a thorough investigation by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Just because they post it on Facebook doesn’t mean it’s true; In fact, on that page it’s usually the opposite.”

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