PUPDATE! The NJ dog left to drown in a cage is now looking for his forever home.

River’s rescuer had initially planned to adopt him, but her other dog found the situation too stressful. Jennifer Vaz said surrendering him was the hardest thing she ever had to do.

River was saved from drowning by a good Samaritan. Now she plans to adopt him.

NJ Police are searching for the person believed to have left River to drown, trapped in a wire cage as the tide came in. He is now safe and sound.

Bosnian Taxi Driver Heroically Saves Dog from Being Drown in a River

Bravo and a handful of others recently delivered scads of straw bales to a government-run dog shelter so dogs don’t freeze to death in the coming winter months.