Hunt for owner after XL Bully found wandering streets in Billingham

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Police were searching for the owner of an XL Bully after it was found wandering the streets.

Shortly before 9.15am on Sunday, June 30, Cleveland Police received a call from a member of the public stating they had found the dog alone on Brandon Close, in Billingham. Officers confirmed the dog was placed in a secure premises while they searched for the owner.

Later on Sunday, June 30, police said the owner had been traced and thanked the public for their help.

Under new legislation, it is a criminal offence to own or possess an XL Bully dog unless you have a valid Certificate of Exemption. It is also an offence to sell an XL Bully dog, abandon an XL Bully or let it stray, give away an XL Bully, breed or breed from an XL Bully and have an XL Bully in public without a lead and muzzle.

All XL Bully dogs which are over a year old must also now be neutered with proof sent to the Government by the end of next month.

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