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Someone left a caged dog at the edge of the water in NJ as the tide was coming in; officials believe it was between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday
A good Samaritan saw the dog and climbed over a bulkhead to reach it; prosecutor's say the dog may have died otherwise
Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call animal cruelty authorities or the police department in Highlands
Authorities are trying to find the person who left a caged young pit bull to drown at the edge of the water at high tide in New Jersey.
A person walking their dog in Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands spotted the small dog cowering in the cage on a portion of sand between a bulkhead and the water as the tide came in on Monday morning. The person climbed over the wall to rescue the dog, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said.
"If not for the heroic rescue act of the good Samaritan, the dog could have potentially drowned," the prosecutor's office said in a statement on Facebook.
Prosecutors estimate the dog was placed between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., based on the tide schedule.
The gray and white pit bull, thought to be about a year old, was taken to the Highlands police station.
Anyone with information on the dog or its owner is asked to call the MCPO Animal Cruelty Hot Line 877-898-7297 or notify the Highlands Police Dept. at (732) 872-1224.