Arrest warrant issued for man who left pit bull to drown in cage

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HIGHLANDS, N.J. (AP/WTXF) - New Jersey authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the man they say left a pit bull puppy to drown in a cage. The dog was later rescued.

The Monmouth County prosecutor's office announced on its Facebook page Friday that an arrest warrant has been issued for 36-year-old Aaron D. Davis of Long Branch. Police did not say whether Davis was the owner of the dog or what charges he faces.

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A woman walking on the beach in Highlands, New Jersey early Monday spotted the gray-and-white puppy cowering in a cage as the tide came in. Jennifer Vaz rescued the dog, since renamed "River," and says she plans to adopt him.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Aaron Davis is urged to contact the Highlands Police Department at 732-872-1158.

Residents are urged to report animal cruelty to the Monmouth County SPCA Animal Cruelty Hot Line at 877-898-7297.

Those interested in donating to the Monmouth County SPCA can do so here.