The government has said it had “no plans” to add the American Bully XL to the list of banned breeds, despite a series of dog attacks recently.
In response to a written question in the House of Lords asking what consideration the government has given to adding the Bully XL to the list of banned dog breeds, Environment Minister Lord Benyon said: “We take the issue of dangerous dogs and fatal dog attacks seriously and are making sure enforcement measures are fully utilised for all breeds of dog.
“These measures range from Community Protection Notices that can be served for low-level anti-social behaviour to offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act – where serious offences can see people put in prison for up to 14 years, disqualified from ownership or their dog euthanised if they allow it to become dangerously out of control.”
He added that the government is working “in partnership with the police, local authorities and animal welfare organisations to ensure that the full range of existing dog control powers are effectively applied, encourage responsible dog ownership and reduce the risk of dog attacks”.
“We currently have no plans to add additional breed types to the banned breed list. It is already an offence under section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to allow any dog to be dangerously out of control in any place,” he noted.
Meanwhile, a YouGov survey seen by broadcaster GBNews found that 57% of respondents supported a ban, with 17% against it.
What’s more, dog owners favour a ban by 2:1, while there was a near 90% majority for wanting owners to be criminally liable if their dog attacks a person or pet.