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PETITION TARGET: Highlands Police Department

UPDATE (2/19/20): In December 2019, Aaron Davis was indicted with attempted animal cruelty and animal cruelty. He faced up to 5 years in prison for the attempted animal cruelty charge, and up to 18 months for the animal cruelty charge. On February 14, 2020, Davis was sentenced to a year in prison, forced to pay $731.46 in restitution, and to perform 156 hours of community service. While we are disappointed that Davis was not sentenced to the fullest extent of the law, we are pleased that he will face some time in prison. Thank you to all who spoke out for River by signing the petition.


In an unthinkable act of animal cruelty, a one-year-old pit bull was locked in a small cage and left at the ocean to drown with the incoming tide.

The terrified dog was discovered on the shoreline in Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands, New Jersey, cowering helplessly inside a cage as water rose around him. The cage was almost completely covered with water by the time Animal Control arrived on the scene. The dog — named ‘River’ by his rescuer – was about to drown in a slow, painful death.

Police are still searching for the person who tortured and tried to kill this innocent dog. It is crucial that they find this sick individual before they hurt any more animals (or humans).

Sign this petition urging the Highlands Police Department to make every effort to find the person who left River to die a horrific death, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.

Police estimate that River was dumped in the area between 4:00 AM and 6:00 AM on Monday 30th July. Anyone with information, please contact the MCPO Animal Cruelty Hotline at 877-898-7297 or notify the Highlands Police Dept. at (732) 872-1224.