Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has just announced that he’s ordered urgent work to define and ban American bully XL dogs in light of the recent spate of attacks, “so we can end these violent attacks and keep people safe”.
He says it’s not currently a breed defined in law, adding this “vital first step must happen, fast”.
“We will then ban the breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.”
This comes after a video of an XL Bully dog terrorising the streets and attacking a little girl became a hot topic on social media.
American bully XL dogs are “a danger to our communities”, particularly children, says Rishi Sunak in a video posted on X (formerly Twitter).
He says he “shares the nation’s horror” regarding videos of recent dog attacks, including yesterday’s incident 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,” Sunak says.
Owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, the PM says, as he explains the government is urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and keep people safe.