‘Deadly’ dog banned in UK

The UK has recently decided to ban the American Bully XL, a dog breed that has been responsible for many attacks on humans and is therefore considered dangerous by the government. This will be the first breed banned in the country since the Dangerous Dogs Act came into force in 1991. The case of a man who died after being attacked by two American Bully XLs near a school in Staffordshire has caused excitement and fear in the country. country. The owner of the animals, a 30-year-old local, was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and being responsible for the presence of dangerously out-of-control dogs that caused injuries.

While the two animals that carried out the attack were killed, one died after being immobilized during the attack, while the other, which escaped into a house and was locked inside, was killed by a veterinarian with a lethal injection. The attack was so violent that several people had to intervene to get the dogs away from the victim, police said.

“American Bully XL is a danger to our communities, especially our children,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said. “It is not currently a legally defined breed so this vital first step needs to be taken quickly. It is clear that this is not a bunch of poorly trained dogs but a pattern of behavior that cannot continue,” he added. He had tasked ministers with working with police and experts to define racing “with a view to decriminalizing it”.

Images of a Bully XL dog attacking people on the street in Birmingham, including an 11-year-old girl who was injured in her shoulder and arm, sparked protests in England this week. Sunak has promised the genre will be banned by the end of the year. “These dogs are dangerous and I want to reassure the public that we will take all necessary precautions to keep them safe,” he said.

Bully Staffordshire Terriers. There are four varieties: standard, pocket, classic and XL. The latter has been linked to six in 10 fatal dog attacks in the UK in 2022 and has been involved in at least two fatal incidents this year.

In January, 28-year-old dog walker Natasha Johnston died as a result of an attack by the dogs she was walking. That same month, four-year-old Alice Stones was killed by her family dog ​​in Milton Keynes. In April, Wayne Stevens, 51, died after being attacked by a dog in Derby, and Jonathan Hogg, 37, was killed by a friend’s dog in his care.

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