Rishi Sunak Says American XL Bully Dogs To Be Banned By End Of This Year

A Lytham resident claimed success following his four month long campaign which demanded that the American Bully XL be banned throughout the UK.

Back in June the fearful, deeply concerned Lytham resident told Lytham St. Anne’s News, ‘I frequently see these vicious looking dogs, consistently without leads, with their owners arrogantly swaggering up and down Lytham Green. Young children are often nearby and I am fearful that there could be an imminent tragic or life-changing attack from one of these vicious brutes.’   You can find his previous complaints at

Prime Minister said today (Friday 15th September), ‘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 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.’

Home Secretary Suella Braverman added, ‘The tragedy underlines the need to ban the American XL Bully. They are a threat to life and cause misery in our communities. We are taking action to ban them and, in the meantime, I expect police to use all available powers to protect the public from these beasts.’

The popularity of Bullies XL has soared with TikTok stars and major celebrities, such rapper Drake and Little Mix Leigh-Anne Pinnock, making the dog a status symbol.

However  there is concern a move to prohibit the animal may not be practical due to the American XL bully not being recognised as a breed by the Kennel Club, which could mean any ban may inadvertently outlaw other kinds of dogs.

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