Boy, 5, in hospital with head injuries after horror 'XL bully type' dog attack in Hull

Police were called to Brazil Street in Hull on Monday (Google Street View)
Police were called to Brazil Street in Hull on Monday (Google Street View)

A five-year-old boy is being treated for head injuries in hospital after being bitten by an “XL bully type” dog in a horror attack on a residential street in Hull.

The boy was mauled at a home on Brazil Street just before midday on Monday.

He suffered injuries to his head and is receiving treatment in hospital, Humberside Police said.

The dog has been seized by the force and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Allison Sweeting said: “We are working closely with the boy’s family and the owner of the dog to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“At this stage, the breed of dog is believed to be an XL bully type and it has been seized as part of our enquiries.”

It comes just days after Angeline Mahal was savaged to death by her two pet XL bully dogs at her home in Hornchurch, east London. Both her dogs were seized by Metropolitan Police.

Last month CCTV footage emerged of a suspected XL bully attack in Battersea, south London, in which four men where injured and taken to hospital.

The footage showed at least nine people sprinting away from the brown dog, with one man running into a stream of traffic as the large animal closely pursued him.

In February, it became a criminal offence to own an American XL bully dog in England and Wales without an exemption certificate, meaning unregistered pets will be taken and owners possibly fined and prosecuted.

The RSPCA had previously warned thousands of owners to apply for the exemption certificate by January 31, which was the deadline.

To be exempted, owners had to prove that their XL bully had been neutered by June 30, 2023. Puppies must be neutered by the end of 2024.

More than 30,000 dogs had been registered for the exemption as of January 31, but with the application window now closed, some owners may have missed the deadline.