On Monday, British Home Secretary Theresa May said she needs immediate advice on banning a specific American bully dog. The decision was made following a weekend assault on a girl of 11 years old.
After a police inquiry in Birmingham, England, Suella Braverman said she sought advice on banning American Bully XL dogs. A girl was bitten by one of these dogs during the event. Even the two guys who tried to intercede ended up hurt.
Braverman claims the American XL Bully threatens communities, particularly children.
The police took the dog; their next move will depend on their investigation.
Eleven-year-old Ana Paun told reporters she thinks the dog’s owner should go to jail since the animal bit her. She said the dog’s owner did nothing while the animal repeatedly bit people.
The XL Bully, a variant of the American pit bull terrier, has been the target of a campaign to outlaw the breed for months.
When authorities in Wales in 2021 took too long to respond to the death of a 10-year-old kid whom an American XL bully had attacked, the boy’s mother, Emma Whitfield, voiced her alarm.
When my kid was murdered, where were you? She posted on Facebook.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office voiced serious concerns about the situation but provided no details on the planned legislative amendment.
In 1991, the BBC passed the Dangerous Dogs Act. Four canine breeds were specifically outlawed – The Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino, The Pit Bull Terrier, tand the Fila Brasileiro. No further canines have been included in the roster since 1991.
Owners who allow their dogs to get dangerously out of control violate the Dangerous Dogs Act and are subject to penalties and jail time of up to 14 years for the most extreme offenders.
The United Kingdom’s Kennel Club does not recognize the XL bully as a distinct breed since it believes no dog breed is intrinsically dangerous. The group argues that the major causes of biting events are irresponsible dog owners who educate their dogs to be aggressive and that breed-specific restrictions do not solve this issue.
The initial purpose of the bully breeds was in blood games such as bull baiting, thus the moniker. The dogs are physically robust and have a more robust skeletal structure than pit bulls.