XL Bully dogs, known for their aggressive behavior, will be officially banned by the end of the year, according to an announcement by Rishi Sunak today.
The Prime Minister expressed his "horror" after a series of recent videos showing vicious attacks by these dogs, including on children.
Just yesterday, a man tragically died in Walsall, Staffordshire, after being set upon by XL Bully dogs outside a primary school.
An Urgent Response
Rishi Sunak emphasized that the issue is not limited to poorly trained dogs, but rather a recurring pattern of dangerous behavior that cannot be ignored.
The PM has instructed officials to define the dangerous breed in order to incorporate it into the existing Dangerous Dogs Act.
He pledged to implement new legislation by the end of the year, promising to work swiftly to safeguard the public.
Ensuring Public Safety
In a video shared on social media, Rishi Sunak declared, "These dogs are dangerous, and I want to assure the public that we will take all necessary measures to keep them safe."
Implications for Existing Owners
It remains unclear whether current owners of XL Bully dogs will be allowed to keep their pets once the ban is in effect.
In a separate incident, yesterday a man was attacked by two XL Bully dogs in Stonall, Staffordshire. Passers-by bravely attempted to rescue him, and a nearby primary school was briefly placed on lockdown for the safety of the children.
Despite the efforts of emergency services, including an air ambulance, the man sadly succumbed to his injuries.
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