Police Collar Pit Bulls That Killed Neighbor’s Pet

Woman’s Leashed Dog Mauled at Pinewood Estates
By ERIC ENGLUND | Jul 11, 2019
Courtesy of: Barnegat Township Police Department

Barnegat — After a three-day investigation including searches and following up on multiple leads and tips, the two pit bulls involved in the fatal dog attack in Barnegat on July 7 have been located.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. July 10, animal control officers from the Popcorn Park Zoo took custody of the dogs, which will be quarantined for 10 days as required by the Ocean County Health Department.

Police Lt. Jeff Ryan said that on July 9,  the owner of the dogs, Angela Greco of Barnegat, provided false information to Patrolman Brett Taylor when confronted about the canines. Ryan said Greco ultimately surrendered the dogs to the Popcorn Park Zoo for quarantine.

Greco, 60, was arrested and charged with obstructing administration of law, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and two township ordinances for letting dogs go unleashed. Additional charges are pending an investigation by the department’s humane law enforcement officer.

The attack occurred at approximately 2:13 p.m., when police received a call for a 60-pound mixed breed dog being attacked by two other dogs in the area of 169 Redwood Drive in the Pinewood Estates mobile home development on Route 72.

Officers responded to the scene and determined the woman was walking her leashed dog in the area when two dogs emerged from between two mobile homes and attacked her dog.

“The woman yelled for help and two area residents tried to separate the dogs by pulling them apart and even striking the dogs with a pipe,” police department reported.

The victim’s dog died from its injuries while the owner was transporting the dog to an emergency veterinarian. In addition, both residents who tried to separate the dogs suffered multiple lacerations to the arms and knee pain as a result of the struggle.  —E.E.

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