Authorities say a dead dog found in the Shark River Inlet in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ., last week ended up there because its owners wanted to honor their pet by burying it at sea.
Ross Licitra, executive director and police chief for the Monmouth County SPCA, told the Asbury Park Press that the German shepherd’s owners won’t face any charges, even though it’s against the law to bury animals at sea.
He also declined to identify the couple, noting that foul play was not suspected in the dog’s death. He said the owners came forward to explain their actions after seeing media coverage about their pet being found Friday.
Licitra said animals buried at sea usually float to the top, and the discovery of their corpses prompts many agencies to expend resources on investigations.