Every XL Bully must 'provide evidence' by June 30 ‘or dog will be seized’

Owners need to neuter their dogs by June 30 and submit a Confirmation of Neutering Form to Defra by July 26 - or the dog will no longer be legal.
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Owners of XL Bully dogs have been given up until June 30 to "provide evidence" that their dogs have been neutered or risk having them "seized".

To keep their dogs legal, they are required to neuter their pets by June 30 and present Defra with a Confirmation of Neutering Form by July 26. Defra states: "Anyone found in possession of these dangerous dogs and not meeting the strict rules could have their dog seized and faces prosecution and a criminal record.

"If owners do not submit the Confirmation of Neutering form to Defra by 26 July, the dog will no longer be exempt."

UK's Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, cautioned: "The legal deadline for XL Bullies to be neutered is now only one month away. Do not risk leaving it to the last minute, owners should book in to get their dog neutered as soon as possible.

"If evidence is not provided that the dog has been neutered by the relevant deadline, owners will be breaching the legal requirements to keep an XL Bully dog and it could be seized by the police."

Dr Harding, who wrote Unleashed: The Phenomena of Status Dogs and Weapon Dogs, is less than optimistic about the new rules being effective in curbing attacks. Speaking to Mirror, she said, "I think we're going to keep seeing it, but I don't think we're really going to find out accurately what the outcome is of the laws because the data on all of this is really poor," She added, "Some people with crossbreed XL bullies haven't registered their dogs because they don't understand the rules, so people get these things wrong."

"There are plenty of dogs out there that haven't been exempted and that's a worry. So I don't think we've seen the last of these kind of events. And what I know now is these same young men are already breeding other kinds of dogs to get around this idea of a banned XL bully.", reports Birmingham Live.

"I've written about Pitbulls 10 years ago, and it's the same now with XL bullies. I've interviewed people breeding and fighting them and in five years time, these people will be fighting and breeding the next version. It's a scourge in society and there's a real core of people that like to do this kind of thing and it's ghastly and it is a real danger to the general public."