Dagenham dog stabbed in depraved Central Park attack is on the mend at home

Nina Playle and her dog Bertie who was stabbed, pictured at their home in Dagenham.

Nina Playle and her dog Bertie who was stabbed, pictured at their home in Dagenham. - Credit: Archant

The owner of a dog who was brutally stabbed in Central Park, Dagenham has said she is completely appalled by her greyhound’s attackers.

Nina Playle and her dog Bertie who was stabbed, pictured at their home in Dagenham.

Nina Playle and her dog Bertie who was stabbed, pictured at their home in Dagenham. - Credit: Archant

Nina Playle’s dog, “gentle giant” Bertie, was off the lead whilst out walking in the park on Monday afternoon.

Bertie had disappeared out of view when Nina heard her dog yelp, before it re-emerged “pouring with blood.”

The dog sustained serious injuries, appearing to have been both slashed and stabbed with a knife. After extensive medical treatment his condition is stable and he is able to walk around.

Nina said: “I just have no words - it’s a complete shock.”


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Close friend Karen Tuite said: “It’s disgusting to think there are people about who would do this to an animal. There are lots of us who walk our dogs across that park and we’ve never had any problems before, but it’s frightening to think there are people around who could do something like that.”

Bertie’s scars are mental as well as physical - the normally confident dog has been cowering from Nina at home, clearly traumatised by the attack.

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Despite being able to walk, Bertie has become extremely weak and even low-level exercise is wearing him out.

The attack comes at a difficult time for Nina - her partner passed away six months ago and another of her greyhounds died in December.

Bertie has received most of his treatment from Alberto Arciniega and Nick Briggs at Vets 4 Pets in Romford, who Nina and Karen say have been “brilliant.”

Bertie’s attack has prompted a huge online response, with thousands sharing a warning to other dog owners in the area and commenting on the depraved attack.

Nina has been paying for the dog’s care herself, however people have been getting in touch to find out how they can help contribute.

The pair also say they have been in contact with Jon Cruddas MP and council leader Darren Rodwell, who have urged the police to look seriously into the matter.

Police are still investigating the incident. Sergeant Brian Fry said: “This kind of attack is thankfully rare and having worked in Barking and Dagenham since 2002 I personally have not heard of such a despicable act.”

Witnesses should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or ring 101 quoting 4417874/17.

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