Schoolboy, 15, rushed to hospital after XL bully attack in Wales

The attack happened on Farm Road, Pontlottyn
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A 15-year-old was rushed to hospital after a dog attack in Caerphilly.

Gwent Police were called to an address in the village of Pontlottyn on Tuesday afternoon, May 28, following reports of a dog attack. The police confirmed that officers, alongside firearms officers and paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service, attended an address on Farm Road in the village around 3.20pm.

The teenager was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing, reports Wales Online.

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Gwent Police identified the dog as an XL Bully, registered with DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The force confirmed that the dog had been "humanely destroyed" by a vet.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, May 29, a spokesperson for Gwent Police said: "We were called to an address in Farm Road, Pontlottyn, Caerphilly, at around 3.20pm on Tuesday 28 May, following a report of a dog attack. Officers attended, along with specially trained firearms officers, and paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service.

"A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. The dog, an XL Bully, was DEFRA registered. The dog was humanely destroyed by a veterinary surgeon."

New regulations on XL Bully dogs were implemented on December 31 last year, following increased worries about attacks involving the breed. It is now a legal requirement for all XL Bully dogs to be kept on a lead and muzzled when in public.

Breeding, selling, advertising, gifting, exchanging, abandoning or letting XL Bully dogs stray has also been made illegal. This decision was taken after 23 people in the UK lost their lives in the three years leading up to the ban's commencement.

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