A cruel man tried to drown a puppy for revenge by locking it in a cage at water’s edge in a rising tide, prosecutors say.
Aaron Davis was sentenced to one year in prison after leaving his girlfriend’s dog in harm’s way nearly two years ago.
Fortunately, the eight-month-old pit bull mix was rescued after being trapped at Sandy Hook Bay in New Jersey for more than three hours.
The poor pup survived thanks to local resident Jennifer Vaz, who was on a morning jog with her dog on July 30, 2018 when she spotted him, according to the newspaper. The dog has since been renamed River.
The judge noted that Vaz said the puppy was “whimpering and crying” and “looking up at her with sadness” when she opened the cage.
The pup was left in a cage by the water amid a rising tide in New Jersey. Prosecutors say Davis left the dog to die because his girlfriend’s former boyfriend had given her the pet.
Davis was acquitted of the most serious animal cruelty charge and found guilty of a less serious count.
He will not be allowed to have pets while he is on parole
“We’re happy that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, especially in Monmouth County, and I think the judge made it abundantly clear that animals such as River are afforded the same rights as any other living creature on this earth and will be treated as such.”
A defense lawyer had argued that Davis should be sentenced to his time served of 44 days.
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