Man Convicted After Leaving Dog In Cage In Rising Tide Along NJ River

Kimberly Dole
December 06, 2019 - 8:26 am
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LONG BRANCH, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A Monmouth County man has been convicted of animal cruelty for leaving a dog in a cage in the rising tide along the Shrewsbury River.

Aaron Davis of Long Branch faces a maximum of 18 months at his sentencing in February, according to the county prosecutors office.

A dog-walker found the pitbull in a cage on the waterline of the river near Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands in July 2018.

Officials say that the cage would have been submerged by the high tide just an hour later.

The dog, named "River" by his rescuer, was later adopted.

Prosecutors have said Davis wanted revenge against his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, who gave her the dog.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)