Police are in the midst of searching for someone who left an 1 year-old pit bull to drown.

The young dog's cage was left at water's edge in a rising tide in Highlands, New Jersey.

The dog was discovered by a person walking their dog in Veterans Memorial Park Monday morning. The good Samaritan saw the dog cowering in its cage and immediately rushed to rescue it on the sand between a bulkhead and the water as the tide came in.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office's Official Facebook page said in a post, " As the passerby investigated, they spotted a black wire cage with a small dog cowering inside the cage. The cage was on a small portion of sand between the bulkhead and the water. The tide was coming in and the water had reached the cage."

"Due to the tide schedule, we estimate that the dog was placed there between 4:00 AM and 6:00 AM. The dog is described as a male gray and white Pit Bull, approximately 1 year old."

Since the rescue police have taken the dog to the police station to recover.

Officials urge anyone who as information on who owns this dog or may have witnessed anything please notify the MCPO Animal Cruelty Hot Line 877-898-7297 or notify the Highlands Police Dept. at (732) 872-1224.

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