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HIGHLANDS, N.J. (CBS) – Authorities in Monmouth County have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of leaving a young pit bull to drown near the water’s edge in New Jersey.

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The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office says a person walking their dog in Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands, New Jersey, 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 rescued the animal.

 

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“If not for the heroic rescue act of the good Samaritan, the dog could have potentially drowned,” said the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in a Facebook post.

On Friday, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Aaron D. Davis, 36, of Long Branch in connection with the alleged abuse.

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Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Monmouth County SPCA Animal Cruelty Hot Line 877-898-7297.