British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Friday that American XL Bully dogs will be banned in Britain by the end of this year. This comes shortly after a man died following a dog attack in Staffordshire on Thursday.
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“The American XL Bully Dog is a danger to our communities, especially our children. I share the country’s horror at the recent videos we have all seen. Yesterday we saw another suspected XL Bully Dog attack, which tragically resulted in a fatality. Clearly, this isn’t about a handful of poorly trained dogs. It is a pattern of behavior and it cannot continue like this,” Sunak said.
“While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, I would like to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public,” he added.
The British Prime Minister said he has asked his ministers to define the breed of dogs behind the wave of attacks so it can be banned. He added that the breed will be banned “among the dangerous dogs” by the end of 2023.
“Today I have instructed ministers to bring together police and experts to first define the breed of dog behind these attacks, with a view to then banning it. It is not currently a breed defined in law, so this crucial first step must happen quickly. will then ban the breed among dangerous dogs 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,” Rishi Sunak said.
It is clear that the American XL Bully dog is a danger to our communities.
I have urgently ordered this breed to be defined and banned so that we can end these violent attacks and protect people. pic.twitter.com/Qlxwme2UPQ
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) September 15, 2023
A man died Thursday after being attacked by two dogs near a school in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. The victim suffered multiple life-threatening injuries in the attack and was rushed to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Last week, an 11-year-old girl suffered injuries to her shoulder and arm in an attack by an American XL cross dog in Birmingham. The dog also attacked two men. Following this, West Midlands Police said a 60-year-old man was arrested “on suspicion of owning a dog that was dangerously out of control,” Sky News reported.