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Ban on unregistered XL Bullies comes in force in England and Wales 

The ban on XL Bully dogs is now in force making it illegal to own an unregistered XL Bully dog from today (1 February). 

Under the ban owners of XL Bullies must register their pets and make sure they are microchipped, kept on a lead and muzzled when in public, and neutered. For most dogs, this will be by 30 June, and for dogs under one year old, this should be by the end of 2024. 

From today, anyone found in possession of these dangerous dogs and is not meeting the strict rules will have their dog seized and face prosecution and a criminal record. 

The government says it will continue supporting the police to make sure the ban is effectively enforced, and ministers met with police chiefs earlier this week to discuss their preparations to implement the ban.

Environment Secretary Steve Barclay said: “We have delivered our pledge to bring in this important measure to protect public safety, and we expect all XL Bully owners to comply with the strict conditions.” 

The ban applies to England and Wales, but the Scottish government is bringing forward an XL Bully Ban. 

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