A man accused of leaving a young pit bull mix to drown in a cage at water’s edge in a rising tide last year has been convicted of animal cruelty.
Aaron Davis, 35, of Long Branch, will face up to 18 months in prison when he’s sentenced Feb. 14, after a Monmouth County jury convicted him on Thursday.
A person walking a dog in Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands in July 2018 spotted the small dog cowering in the cage on a portion of sand between a bulkhead and the water as the tide came in. The person and animal welfare officials soon rescued the animal and named it River.
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Prosecutors have said Davis wanted revenge against his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, who gave her the dog.