3 dogs captured after biting 12 people over 4 months

February 5, 2020 GMT

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday were holding three dogs that they said have terrorized a southern New Jersey neighborhood and bitten at least 12 people over four months.

The latest attack occurred Monday in the area of Lake Winnipesaukee Drive when police said a 69-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man sustained multiple dog bites. Six residents were bitten as officers and residents frantically attempted to contain the dogs, police said.

A video released by police showed a man fending off the dogs with a pole.

Writing on Facebook, police said the “events were horrific, and nobody should live in fear of allowing their children to play outside, walk down the street or simply get the mail.”

There have seven incidents with at least 12 residents being bitten by the same dogs, police said.

Police said the dogs were removed by animal control in December, but later were returned to the owner, who was issued multiple summonses.

The owner’s name was not released.

“The Little Egg Harbor Police Department will do everything in its power to ensure these dogs are never returned and allowed to menace this neighborhood in the future,” police said.