This summer has seen a surge in the number of pets being abandoned across the UK, with animal charities pleading with owners to take their pets to shelters instead of leaving them to suffer.
Whilst the majority of abandoned animals are eventually rescued and given a second shot at life, some have closer brushed with death than others…
A dog in Monmouth County, New Jersey, was abandoned in a cage on the edge of a beach, where rising sea levels would have eventually drowned the pup.
The one year old male Pit Bull was rescued after an onlooker noticed the cage and quickly rushed to free the dog. By this time, the water was already rising around the cage and the dog was considerably frightened.
His rescuer climbed over a wall to reach the cage, which was resting between a bulkhead and the water, before immediately taking the dog to the authorities.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating the incident and is appealing for further information, with the hope of eventually tracking down the individual who dumped the animal.
Posting on their Facebook page, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said:
“The dog was taken to Highlands Police Department, who then called Animal Control then alerted our office.
When Animal Control arrived on the scene the cage almost covered by the rising tide.
If not for the heroic rescue act of the Good Samaritan, the dog could have potentially drowned.”
Now renamed River, the dog is currently under the care of the Monmouth County SPCA, who have reported that, whilst still a little shaken up, is well on the road to recovery. As the dog did not have a microchip, details of his history remain unknown.
The Monmouth County SPCA are working alongside authorities to track down the dog’s former owner and take the relevant action required.
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