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Banning of XL Bully type dogs as from 31st December 2023

From 31 December 2023 breeding, selling, advertising, rehoming, abandoning, and allowing an XL Bully dog to stray will be illegal. Following a concerning rise in attacks and fatalities caused by XL Bully dogs, the government has added this breed to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. To help current owners adapt to the new laws, these changes will come into force in 2 stages. For more information about what XL Bully dog owners, vets and rehoming centres need to do to prepare for the ban, visit the Government’s website.

Government Guidance in preparation for the XL bully type dog ban

Animal Welfare service

Our animal welfare service deals with stray dogs, dog attacks, dog fouling and noise nuisance from barking dogs.

The overall aims of the service are to collect stray dogs, deal with dog-related nuisance, and promote responsible dog ownership through education, enforcement and practical means. We do this by:

  • Responding to requests for service and investigating complaints regarding stray dogs, fouling, dogs off leads, dogs in prohibited areas, dog on dog attacks and barking dogs (please note that the police deal with dog attacks on humans)
  • Enforcing appropriate legislation, by targeting problem areas
  • Promoting good dog ownership by developing local initiatives and taking opportunities to involve schools and attend suitable events, when resources are available

We regret that the animal welfare service cannot help with requests for stray cats or other animals.

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