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Updated: Man seriously injured after attack by dog in Enfield park

Armed police attended the incident at Albany Park on Sunday afternoon, reports James Cracknell

Police carry away the deceased dog from Albany Park and (inset) an American bully dog (credit Rock City Kennels via Wikimedia Commons)
Police carry away the deceased dog from Albany Park (credit James Cracknell) and (inset) an American bully (credit Rock City Kennels via Wikimedia Commons)

A dog caused serious injuries to its owner in an Enfield park today (Sunday 18th).

Police and paramedics rushed to Albany Park in Enfield Wash shortly after 3pm to reports of an injury caused by a dog attack.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson later confirmed that a man “suffered serious bite injuries to his arm” and that the dog responsible “died at the scene”.

A jogger, Serap Ince, saw the whole incident unfold. She told the Dispatch she saw a large family walking with their dog when she heard “a lot of shouting” before the owners of the smaller dog ran away.

As the incident unfolded, the owners “were screaming”. Serap added: “They put the dog on the grass and its mouth was full of blood and breathing very heavily because the owner was keeping his head down and not allowing it to move – I think it is dead now.”

It’s not known what happened to the smaller dog, but Serap said she heard the owners of the larger dog asking if it was dead.

By around 3.45pm a large number of police had arrived of scene, some armed with guns. They took the larger dog away in a black bag and placed it in a waiting police van.

After police dispersed, blood was still visible on the grass where the incident had unfolded.

Blood could be seen on the grass following the attack (credit James Cracknell/ Enfield Dispatch)
Blood could be seen on the grass following the attack (credit James Cracknell)

Update (Monday 19th):

A previous version of this story quoted the eyewitness as describing the large dog as an “XL bully”, however police have now confirmed that the species involved was an American bulldog which, although closely related and similar in appearance, is not a banned breed in the UK.

The owner of the American bulldog has also been in touch with the Dispatch to deny the eyewitness account of a second, smaller dog being involved.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “The dog owner, a man in his 30s, suffered serious bite injuries to his arm. The man had managed to restrain the dog prior to police arrival. The dog warden also attended.

“The dog died at the scene. The body was loaded into a police van and taken to a vet. Police did not use any force on the dog at any point.

“There were no reports of any other injuries.”


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