Please note corrections made to this article after contact from the devastated dog owner who lost her cherished pet as described below. The deceased animal was not a small Maltese mix as previously reported. It was actually a larger dog. The owner wanted readers to know that despite the size of her own dog, it was no match for the two that went on the attack. TapinBarnegatWaretown extends our deepest sympathy on the loss of this treasured furry family member.

BARNEGAT, NJ - Two pit bulls that attacked and killed a 60 pound mixed breed dog remain on the loose. The incident occurred yesterday at 2:13 pm at 169 Redwood Drive, located in Pinewood Estates.

The 67-year-old owner of the deceased dog was walking her pet on a leash when she was confronted by the pit bulls. They came out from between two trailers and were unaccompanied by any persons.

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Two men attempted to help free the animal who  put up a fight against the vicious attacks. While trying to ward off the aggressors with a pipe, both suffered harm.  One received lacerations to his arm, while the other hurt his knee.

The injured dog was quickly loaded into the bed of a pickup truck for treatment at a local veterinarian.  According to authorities, the dog died while on the way.

Barnegat Police have not released the name of the owner of the dog that suffered the attack. However, a social media post seemingly shared by her says, “My heart is shattered and my nightmares of watching this and I was helpless will never go away. (sic)”

A Nixle report describing both pit bulls went out soon after the encounter. One is grey and the other is white with brown markings. Neither has been recovered.

Databases searched in Barnegat and local communities provided no clues concerning the identities of the two killer dogs. Police knocked on the doors of all registered pit bulls in the area and found none missing.

“They may have come from another development,” says Barnegat Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Ryan. “Or, they might have been running wild in the woods.”

Anyone spotting the dogs should not approach them. Instead, calls should be made to 911 or the Township’s Police Department at 609 698-5000.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.