As The Tide Rose Around Him, He Whimpered From A Locked Crate For Salvation

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When stories like this one enter the newsroom, we are all at a loss for words. Animal a.buse and neglect is something we will never understand but we will not stop reporting it! We will not stop raising awareness because people you may think are incapable of such cruelty are hiding among us. And that is why it is so important to have your eyes and ears tuned in.

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A puppy, aptly named River, was found cowering in a cage on the shoreline as the tide came in, in New Jersey. It was only a matter of minutes before River was submerged and drowned in the cruelest way possible.

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Thankfully, a Good Samaritan, named Jennifer Vaz, was walking her dog nearby. Her dog heard River whimpering and pulled his owner toward the sinking cage.

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“The tide was coming in and the water had reached the cage,” the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. “When animal control arrived on the scene the cage was almost covered by the rising tide. If not for the heroic rescue act of the good Samaritan, the dog could have potentially drowned.”



“When I looked down, I saw these eyes looking back at me — these cute little puppy eyes all shivered up and scared,” Vaz told New York ABC station WABC. “I couldn’t believe that this happened in our town and somebody could be this malicious and do that to that dog.”

After rescuing him, Vaz named the brave pup ‘River.’

“The cage was on a small portion of sand between the bulkhead and the water,” the prosecutor’s office said. “The good Samaritan climbed over the wall and rescued the dog.”

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“Although River is a bit shaken up, he is in good physical shape and seems to have been well cared for,” the SPCA said. “We are working with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office to help bring justice to River.”




The monster responsible for this horrific crime, nearly costing River his life was caught and finally indicted!

Photo of Aaron Davis provided by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

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A Monmouth County grand jury recently handed up an indictment charging Aaron Davis of attempted animal cruelty and animal cruelty who was rescued from the Shrewsbury River in Highlands after a passerby found him caged, with the tide rising around him.

 The charge alleges he attempted to kill River on or about July 30. The crime is a third-degree offense, carrying a potential prison term up to five years.

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