The American XL bully dog breed will be banned in Britain by the end of the year following a series of attacks. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed plans to ban the “danger” breed in a video statement on Friday as he pledged to keep people safe.
It comes after a man was arrested earlier this week after a dog attack left an 11-year-old girl with serious injuries. Ana Paun suffered shoulder and arm injuries after being bitten by an American XL bully and Staffordshire bull terrier crossbreed puppy in Bordesley Green, Birmingham at the weekend.
Ana needed around eight stitches following the incident and two other men were also injured after the dog broke free from its collar twice. The incident sparked calls for the breed to be banned and prompted Home Secretary Suella Braverman to seek “urgent advice”, labelling the attack “appalling”.
In a video statement posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, Sunak confirmed that the American XL bully breed will be banned by the end of this year. He said: “The American XL bully dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children.
“I share the nation’s horror at the recent videos we’ve all seen. Yesterday we saw a another suspected XL bully dog attack, which has tragically led to a fatality. It is clear this is not about a handful of badly trained dogs, it’s a pattern of behaviour and it cannot go on.
“While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, I want to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public. Today I have tasked ministers to bring together police and experts, to firstly define the breed of dog behind these attacks, with the view to then outlawing it. It is not currently a breed defined in law, so this vital first step must happen fast.
“We will then 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.”