I’m terrified my 18 XL Bully puppies will be put down after Government ban: Owner says it would be ‘soul destroying’ if they are put to sleep
- Jamie owns a 3-year-old female XL Bully which just gave birth to a litter of pups
The owner of an XL Bully said he is ‘terrified’ that 18 of his dog’s puppies will be put down after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a ban on the breed.
Jamie, from North Lanarkshire in Scotland, said he owns a three-year-old female XL Bully which just gave birth to a litter of pups despite having no plans for her to be bred.
He said that his dog mated with his sister’s pet, who is also an XL Bully, and gave birth to a ‘rather large litter’ which he says he will now struggle to find homes for.
Jamie said it would be ‘absolutely heartbreaking’ to have to give away the dogs to a rescue centre and is even more fearful that they might be put down, which would be ‘soul destroying’ for him.
It comes as Rishi Sunak yesterday announced a ban on the dangerous dog breed by the end of the year following a series of horrific attacks.
The owner of an XL Bully said he is ‘terrified’ that 18 of his dog’s puppies (pictured) will be put down after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a ban on the breed
Jamie, from North Lanarkshire in Scotland, said he owns a 3-year-old female XL Bully which just gave birth to a litter of pups (pictured) despite having no plans for her to be bred
Mr Sunak said Bully XLs would be banned following a ‘pattern of behaviour [that] cannot go on’
Jamie told LBC: ‘I’m an owner of a female XL Bully who wasn’t planned to be bred but my sister’s dog – also a Bully – mated with her and resulted in a rather large litter.
‘My plan was to neuter her and I actually enquired about it but it was too close to her season.
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‘We took a lot of precautions to avoid her having contact with other animals. It was only about the fifth week when we thought it was clear that this happened.
‘There are now 18 live puppies. This wasn’t a financial thing for us, we’re now trying to ensure there’s a loving home for them.
‘It’s an excessive litter and we’re looking to get as many to long term homes as we can.
‘It would be absolutely heartbreaking to have to hand these dogs over to rescue centres – because the chance now of them being put to sleep is soul destroying.’
Ministers will soon have to set out details of the Prime Minister’s planned ban on American XL bully dogs.
Rishi Sunak’s announcement of the ban came after a man died in a suspected XL Bully attack in Stonnall, Staffordshire, the third incident involving allegedly out-of-control dogs in the West Midlands in less than a week.
The fatality occurred just a day after a ten-year-old boy was attacked by an out-of-control dog while playing football less than three miles away.
Less than a week earlier, an XL Bully mauled an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham.
American XL Bully dogs will be banned in the UK by the end of the year
Rishi Sunak’s announcement came after a man was mauled to death by two dogs in Stonnall, Staffordshire on Thursday
Just a day before the fatal attack in Stonnall, a ten-year-old boy was attacked outside his house as he played football in the street. The incident left the youngster with horrific arm wounds
Mohammed Sami Raza was left yelling for help as the dog clamped its jaws around his forearm, eventually leaving him with injuries to his arms, legs and neck
The boy at Walsall Manor Hospital, where he is still undergoing treatment for his injuries after the unprompted attack on Wednesday
The decision was quickly backed by campaign groups, the Labour Party and Baron Baker of Dorking, who put the Dangerous Dogs Act on the statute books more than 30 years ago.
But questions remain about how exactly a ban will be implemented and enforced, with concerns too about the challenge of defining the dog breed given its cross-bred nature.
Mr Sunak used a video on social media to promise that the Government would ‘ban the breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act 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,’ he said.
He also said that he had ordered ministers to bring together police and experts to define the breed of dog behind these attacks so they can then be outlawed.
The decision was welcomed by campaigners, but other groups – including the RSPCA and the Kennel Club – said banning American XL bully dogs would not stop attacks.
It comes amid questions over whether an ‘amnesty period’ could be introduced for owners, with suggestions that this would see an outright ban take effect in 2025.
This was the approach taken in the passed when pitbulls were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act in the 1990s.
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