TOMS RIVER (AP) — A Toms River man whose dog was inside a pickup truck that plunged through the ice on a frozen river earlier this year has been indicted on animal cruelty and criminal mischief charges.

 

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew located a truck that fell through the ice on Toms River early Sunday (US Coast Guard)

An Ocean County grand jury returned the indictment Tuesday against 28-year-old Toms River resident Andrew Mayer. He could face several years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Authorities have said Mayer's 2-year-old boxer mix, Rolo, was found dead after the truck sank March 1. Another man got out of the truck before it went onto the ice. Neither was injured.

A witness told police that the truck was driven to the center of the river and began spinning in circles.

 

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