Long Branch Man Indicted On Animal Cruelty Charges

Photo courtesy Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

FREEHOLD – A Long Branch has been indicted on two counts related his allegedly leaving a caged dog to drown in the Shrewsbury River.

Aaron Davis, 35, was indicted on attempted animal cruelty and animal cruelty for leaving a pit bull, later dubbed “River,” in a cage in the Shrewsbury River in Highlands.

The dog was rescued by a passerby while taking her own dog on a morning walk July 30 last year.

An investigation lead authorities to Davis, who surrendered Aug. 7.

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He faces up to 5 years in prison for the attempted animal cruelty charge, and up to 18 months for the animal cruelty charge.