American XL Bully dogs ‘to be banned by end of the year’ says Prime Minister
UK Government will make new laws banning ‘American XL Bully’ dogs by the end of the year.
In a statement the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said, “The American XL Bully Dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children. I share the nation’s horror at the recent videos we’ve all seen. Yesterday we saw another suspected XL Bully Dog attack, which tragically led to a fatality.
“It’s clear this is not about a handful of badly trained dogs. It’s a pattern of behaviour and it cannot go on.
“While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control. I want to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public.
“Today I have tasked Ministers to bring together police and experts to firstly define the breed of dog behind these attacks with a view to then outlawing it. It is not currently a breed defined in law, so this vital first step must happen fast.
“We will then ban the breed under the dangerous dogs act and new laws will be in place by the end of the year.
“These dogs are dangerous. I want to reassure the public that we will take all necessary steps to keep people safe”.
It’s clear the American XL Bully dog is a danger to our communities.
I’ve ordered urgent work to define and ban this breed so we can end these violent attacks and keep people safe. pic.twitter.com/Qlxwme2UPQ
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) September 15, 2023
Welsh Conservative Shadow Rural Affairs Minister Samuel Kurtz MS said:
“The rise in heartbreaking and horrific attacks on members of the public as a result of this dangerous dog breed has been a concerning issue for some time.
“It is encouraging news that the Prime Minister has today outlined the process of banning the dangerous XL Bully breed.
“The Welsh Conservatives share the Prime Minister’s shock in the increasing number of dog attacks in the UK and are hopeful that as a result of his decisive action we will see an end to these vicious attacks.” Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com