On Sunday 18 October, a ban on the ownership of XL Bully dogs across England and Wales will come into force. The ban covers the sale, purchase, exchange and breeding of the dogs, as they have been classified as a ‘dangerous’ breed by the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
The ban applies to XL Bully or “American Pit Bull Terrier-type” dogs. The ban applies to all private homes, as well as public places such as parks and cemeteries. Ownership of these dogs has been prohibited since 1991, but the new law will mean stricter enforcement of the ban.
Anyone found to be in breach of the ban could face a fine of up to £5,000 or a jail sentence of up to 6 months. The police will also have the power to seize the dog, and it will be rehomed or euthanized at their discretion.
The government has advised anyone in possession of such a dog to contact their local authority for further advice and information.