O’Scanlon and DiMaso Introduce “River’s Law” To Increase Penalties For Animal Abuse


Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso have introduced legislation that will increase certain animal abuse crimes to the second degree level.  Convictions for second degree crimes carry penalties of five to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $150,000.

The legislation is named for River, a pitbull/mix that was rescued by a Good Samaritan, Jennifer Vaz of Highlands, who discovered the dog caged and left to drown on the banks of the Shrewbury River at Veterans Memorial Park last June.

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Posted: February 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Aaron Davis, Man Who Attempted To Drown Dog In Highlands, Surrenders To Authorities

Aaron D. Davis

Aaron D. Davis, 36, of Long Branch, the man charged with the leaving a dog, now named River, to drown in a cage on the banks of the Shrewsbury River in Highlands, surrendered to law enforcement authorities this morning, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

Davis was charged last Friday with third degree Animal Cruelty – Attempting to Cause Death or Serious Bodily Injury to an Animal and disorderly persons offenses of Abandonment of a Domestic Animal, Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Failure to Provide Proper Shelter.

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Posted: August 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »