Hatfield man distraught after dog mauled in park

Left: Marley after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields. Right: Ben Robertson and Marley.

Left: Marley after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields. Right: Ben Robertson and Marley.

Ben Robertson

A Hatfield man is distraught after his dog was attacked in a park in front of his two-year-old nephew.

Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.

Ben Robertson, 34, of Birchwood, was looking after his young nephew and thought it would be a nice idea to take him to Birchwood Playing Fields with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier Marley.

After playing in the park and enjoying their outing the pair and Marley began to head home but things quickly turned into a dog owner’s worst nightmare.

Ben said: “We were walking across the playing fields and I saw a woman on the phone with two dogs off the lead.

“They started barking at Marley and before I knew it one had her by the throat and the other was biting her bottom.

Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.

“The woman just stood there with her phone by her ear, she did nothing to stop it.

“I got on my hands and knees and had to literally throw one of the dogs off Marley.”

Marley, who is described by Ben as a very friendly dog who loves all people, children and dogs, was left shaken with blood dripping from her wounds.

Ben rushed her straight to the vets and had to cover a vet bill of £97.

Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.

He added: “My two-year-old nephew watched it all happen, it was very frightening and made him very upset.

“Marley is such a good girl. Everyone local knows us, she always gets fussed and asked about if she is not with me.”

Police are now investigating the attack that occurred between 1.31pm and 1.37pm on Saturday, September 23.

The owner of the two black and white French bulldogs that attacked Marley is described as a slim white woman, with very long black hair, approximately 5ft 4in tall and aged between 25 and 35.

Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.Marley's injuries after she was attacked in Hatfield's Birchwood Playing Fields.

A police spokeswoman said: “Anyone with information should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B2/17/4612.”

Ben Robertson and Marley.Ben Robertson and Marley.

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