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Scotland’s XL Bully safeguards coming into force

XL Bully dog owners are being urged to prepare for new rules that are expected to come into force in Scotland on Friday (23 February).

New laws laid for consideration in Parliament will make it illegal to sell, advertise, gift or exchange XL Bully dogs, or letting such dogs stray. XL Bully dog owners will also be required to ensure their dog is muzzled and on a lead while in a public place. 

The penalties for breach of the new safeguards are up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine up to £5,000. 

This is the first stage of safeguards being introduced in Scotland. The second stage will mean from 1 August 2024 it will be an offence to own an XL Bully without an exemption certificate or having applied for an exemption certificate. Full details on the exemption applications process and the support available will be announced in the coming weeks.   

Siobhian Brown, Minister for Victims and Community Safety, said: “With new safeguards for XL Bully dogs coming into force in just a few days it’s vital that owners get ready and prepare from them now. 

“Whilst dog attacks remain a rare occurrence, where they do occur, they can have devastating consequences which is why safeguards must be introduced. We are doing so whilst ensuring we promote and support responsible ownership, and public safety as effectively as possible.”

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