XL Bully attacks boy, 15, in UK village as armed police and paramedics rush to scene

A general image of an XL bully dog
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An XL Bully has attacked a 15-year-old boy, with the teenager being rushed to hospital. Police received a report of a dog attack and rushed to the British village where the incident reportedly happened.

Firearm officers and paramedics were also alerted to the dog attack in the Pontlottyn area of Wales yesterday afternoon, May 28. Gwent Police said the alarm was raised at 3.20pm, with officers called to Farm Road, reports MirrorOnline.

The boy's injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Gwent Police said the dog was "humanely destroyed" by a veterinary surgeon. It had been identified as an XL Bully, said the force, and it was registered with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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It comes as new restrictions were implemented on December 31 last year where XL Bully dogs were legally required to be muzzled and kept on a lead in public. It followed heightened concerns about the breed being involved in attacks.

Regarding the latest incident, a spokesperson for Gwent Police said on Wednesday, May 29: "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."

It is also illegal to breed, sell, advertise, gift, exchange, abandon or let XL Bully dogs stray. The decision came into play after 23 people in the UK died in the three years leading up to the start of the ban.