One of two pitbulls involved in an attack in an Absecon neighborhood was not euthanized as previously reported by police.

The incident involved two pitbulls from 17 Lee Ave. that escaped their 8-foot-by-25-foot kennel and ran into a neighbor’s home in the 500 block of South Shore Road.

The two dogs then attacked the neighbor’s golden retriever, which died from its injuries, as well as the 73-year-old owner who was in the hospital for injuries to his hand. He was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and had chest pains.

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Police who arrived on the scene shot one pitbull and the other was taken by Animal Control.

No charges have been issued in the June 25 incident, according to police.

Wendy Sweeney, the owner of the pitbulls, said in a phone interview Monday the dogs are constantly around kids in her full house: with two boys and three girls aging in range from 5 to 21, she said.

“If my dogs were that vicious they would’ve attacked the kids,” Sweeney said. “Something had to antagonize them for them to do something like that.”

County spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said in an email Friday that the pitbull is still at the Animal County Animal Shelter.

Sweeney said she doesn’t have time to take care of the dog and has surrendered ownership of the animal.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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