Pit Bulls That Attacked, Killed Dog Remain at Large

Jul 09, 2019

Two pit bulls that authorities said attacked and killed a leashed dog in Barnegat Township on July 7 are still on the loose. Writing on its Facebook page, the Barnegat Police Department said that at approximately 2:13 p.m., the agency 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,” the post said.

Police said the two dogs, which ran from the area after the attack, were described as pit bulls, one gray in color and the other white with brown markings. 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.

Officers remained in the area for several hours and also checked the residences of any possible dogs matching the description of the two pit bulls within Barnegat Township. Due to the location of the incident, the Stafford Township Police Department was also advised.

Barnegat Police Lt. Jeff Ryan said databases searched in Barnegat and local communities failed to come up with the identities of the two dogs. He said police knocked on the doors of all registered pit bulls in the area and found none missing.

“It’s very likely that these dogs were not licensed or registered,” said Ryan. “We don’t know where they’re from. It’s possible they could have come from another town. They might be out in some wooded area. We ask that if anyone sees the dogs, do not approach them and contact police.”

Ryan said if the dogs are found, their owner would likely be charged with having an unlicensed pet and allowing dogs to roam unleashed.

“On the civil end, the owners would probably be looking at a lawsuit,” he said.

If any resident has information as to the whereabouts of the dogs and/or the owner(s), call police at 609-698-5000. E.E.

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