He left dog to drown in cage, and now he’ll face justice, prosecutors say

August 8, 2018

A man wanted for leaving a caged dog to drown in the rising tide surrendered Tuesday, days after prosecutors released his photo in connection with the shocking animal abandonment case.

A man wanted for leaving a caged dog to drown in the rising tide surrendered Tuesday, days after prosecutors released his photo in connection with the shocking animal abandonment case.

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Aaron D. Davis, 36, of Long Branch, was charged Friday with animal cruelty and and abandonment, according to a release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.




Davis left the dog, now named River and adopted by the woman who saved him, in a cage near the bay front in Highlands, prosecutors allege.

Jennifer Vaz saw the black wire cage half-submerged along the bank and quickly called the Monmouth County SPCA. An animal control officer arrived and helped Vaz remove River in the nick of time.

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An investigation determined that Davis had abandoned River “in an attempt to drown the animal,” according to a release from the prosecutor’s office.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said Tuesday that River is “doing fine, has a clean bill of health.”

If Davis is convicted on the animal cruelty charge, he could face time in prison.

Davis was being held at Monmouth County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Monmouth County Superior Court on Wednesday. 

Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrsheldon Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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