There has been a series of attacks on people in the UK by the “dangerous” American XL bully dogs and the Prime Minister has promised by the end of the year they will be banned.
Rishi Sunak made the pledge after a man was killed after being attacked by two dogs which are suspected to be the XL bully dogs.
In another incident a 11-year old girl in Staffordshire suffered serious injuries in Birmingham.
The Prime Minister said on Friday afternoon, “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.”
Sunak has ordered police and Ministers along with experts who can define the breed of dog responsible of the attacks to ensure they are banned.
Sunak said, “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.”
When asked if MPs “dragged their heels” to ban the XL bully dogs, Sunak’s official spokesman said, “I wouldn’t accept that. I think we’ve obviously been doing some policy work on this and you heard from the Home Secretary recently about how to take this forward.
“Clearly this breed of dog isn’t defined in law so it’s right to take the time to consider the best way to put an end to these horrendous attacks that we’re seeing.”