TOMS RIVER, New Jersey (PIX11) – The driver suspected of callously leaving a dog to die after his truck broke through the frozen surface of a New Jersey river will face charges in the incident.
The New Jersey State Police confirmed Tuesday that they will charge 27-year-old Andrew Mayer with criminal mischief, pollution and reckless driving. An SPCA investigation is still ongoing, and may result in additional charges. On Sunday he had been driving with a friend, 25-year-old Daniel Jolly, but police are now focusing their investigation on Mayer because Jolly got out before the truck drove onto the ice.
The vehicle crashed through the ice, but Mayer managed to get to safety after a massive rescue operation was launched from the air, water and land. Inside the truck however, a dive team found the frozen body of a boxer mix.
A criminal attorney told PIX11 if Mayer is also convicted on animal cruelty charges he could face fines of up to $10,000 and a maximum of 18 months behind bars.