LINDEN — A Shih Tzu has been euthanized following a nighttime attack by two pit bulls that had gotten loose from their home.
According to police, the dogs responsible for the attack are on a "10-day hold" so they can be observed. The owner of the dogs came forward and is cooperating with the investigation.
"There have been no previous incidents reported involving them," Capt. Christopher Guenther said of the pit bulls.
At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, officers were on patrol in the area of Roselle Street and Cleveland Avenue when they observed a resident walking a small Shih Tzu, Guenther said. Officers witnessed two loose dogs attack the Shih Tzu, and they quickly intervened.
At the time, the owner of the pit bulls could not be located. Officers were able to rein in the dogs, who had run off when officers interrupted the attack.
"The dogs weren't aggressive towards the officers at all," Guenther said. "The officers had no trouble getting a hold of them."
The Shih Tzu sustained significant injuries to its leg, Guenther said. It was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital but did not survive.
Guenther said the owner of the pit bulls lives in a multifamily home and a resident likely left a door open.
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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: