TINTON FALLS — The Monmouth County SPCA said Monday it was seeking information after the discovery of a dog abandoned in a crate at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets.

In a Facebook post, the SPCA described the dog as a young, male dachshund mix who is not neutered.

The dog had no tags and is not microchipped, according to the SPCA, which said its Humane Law Enforcement Division responded to the initial report.

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The SPCA said the dog is "scared but seemingly friendly."

Abandoned dog
Monmouth County SPCA via Facebook
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The case is an open law enforcement investigation, the SPCA said, as abandoning an animal is against New Jersey state law "regardless of the circumstances."

Adoption inquiries are not currently being taken.

Surveillance camera footage is now being reviewed, and potential witnesses are being interviewed.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division at 732-440-1539.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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