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.
The puppy, now named River, was rescued after being left for dead[/caption]
Aaron Davis will serve one year in prison for animal cruelty[/caption]
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.
“This dog was watching his own demise with every wave and every minute that passed,” Judge Marc LeMieux said during Friday’s sentencing, according to the Asbury Park Press.
“The dog doesn’t have the ability to say that ‘I was scared out of my wits.’”
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[/caption]
Jurors acquitted Davis of the most serious charge, but still found him guilty[/caption]
Prosecutors say Davis left the dog to die because his girlfriend’s former boyfriend had given her the pet.
“You took an animal that was completely helpless, locked him in a cage and put him in a location where he could drown,” LeMieux told the defendant, according to the Asbury Park Press.
“I’m also completely finding that this dog could be, for some people, the equivalent of a human being.
“Just because he can’t speak, doesn’t mean, under these circumstances, he’s not a victim.”
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
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Ron Licitra of the Monmouth County SPCA said in a statement “justice was served” by the sentence.
“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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