England and Wales Enforce Ban on American XL Bully Dogs Following Surge in Violent Attacks

In a bid to curb a rising wave of violent attacks, England and Wales have implemented a ban on American XL bully dogs, effective as of Thursday. The decision comes after a distressing increase in dog attack deaths, with at least 23 reported since the start of 2021, many of which involved American XL bullies, according to BBC News.

Previously, the United Kingdom had already prohibited the selling, owning, breeding, and abandoning of four other dog breeds: the Pit bull terrier, the Dogo Argentino, the Japanese Tosa, and the Fila Brasileiro. However, the addition of American XL bullies to this list highlights the urgency of addressing the issue.

Emma Whitfield, a grieving mother whose 10-year-old son fell victim to an American XL bully attack last year, expressed her frustration with breeders who prioritize profit over responsible ownership. “These dogs aren’t cared for by the breeders — they just want money — so from the greed at the start (and) irresponsible ownership in the middle, we’ve got children dying,” she lamented. Whitfield’s heartfelt plea serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences of these attacks.

But what exactly is an American XL bully? The U.K. Kennel Club does not recognize it as a specific breed but rather as a type of bulldog resulting from the mixing of various breeds, including Pit Bulls, American Bulldogs, and English Bulldogs. The U.K. government has described these dogs as having a “muscular body and blocky head, suggesting great strength and power for [their] size.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged to ban American Bully XLs in September 2023, following the tragic death of 52-year-old Ian Price, who was attacked and killed by two of these dogs. The ban, however, poses logistical challenges for law enforcement, as it has led to an increased demand for kennel space while awaiting court rulings on whether the dogs should be euthanized, according to Mark Hobrough, a police chief from the U.K.’s National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Over 35,000 dogs in the U.K. are already registered for American XL bully exemptions, highlighting the scale of the issue and the need for stricter regulations to ensure public safety.

As England and Wales take a firm stance against these aggressive dogs, the hope is that the ban will help prevent further tragedies and protect communities from the devastating consequences of dog attacks.


Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. This is absolutely outrageous! How can England and Wales justify implementing a ban on American XL bully dogs? It is a clear violation of the rights of responsible dog owners and an unfair generalization of an entire breed. This knee-jerk reaction to curb violent attacks is misguided and discriminatory.

    Instead of targeting specific breeds, authorities should focus on responsible pet ownership and enforcing stricter penalties for owners who fail to properly train and socialize their dogs. It is unfair to punish all American XL bully dogs and their owners based

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