By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The young pit bull likely had less than hour to live before Jennifer Vaz saw the black wire cage half-submerged along the bank of a bay in Highlands on Monday morning.
The rising tide would have soon drowned the dog abandoned and trapped in the cage.
Now, the dog has a name - "River" - and a likely future with his rescuer. Vaz told WABC-7 she plans to adopt River, who is estimated to be 10 months old.
A pit bull was found early Monday in a partially submerged cage in Highlands. (photo provided)
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christoper Gramiccioni talks about the efforts to find the person who abandoned a pit bull in the water in Highlands.