XL Bully dog 'thrown to death' from bridge

The dog was found by a walker beneath the busy A57 flyover near Beighton, around six miles from Sheffield city centre on Monday.

The XL bully was found dead at the bottom of the busy A57 flyover near Beighton, Sheffield. (Reach)
The XL bully was found dead at the bottom of the busy A57 flyover near Beighton, Sheffield. (Reach)

A muzzled XL bully was believed to have been alive when it was thrown off a bridge in South Yorkshire, according to reports.

The body of the black and white female was found by a dog walker in the area known as The Washlands beneath the busy A57 flyover near Beighton around six miles from Sheffield city centre on Monday at around 11am.

The RSPCA believes the dog was alive and was likely thrown from the bridge, as blood was found around the animal’s mouth which may have been a result of the impact of the fall. The dog was microchipped to a breeder in Wigan but the new owner's details were not registered and an investigation has been launched.

26th November 2023: The British Government takes steps to ban the XL Bully breed after a number of fatal attacks. New restrictions which c0me into force on 31st January make it a legal requirement for all XL Bully dogs to be kept on a lead and muzzled when in public. It is also illegal to breed, sell, advertise, gift, exchange, abandon or let XL Bully dogs stray from this date. The photograph shows X L Bully dogs at an obedience class on Blackheath Common, London, UK. Credit: Justin Griffiths-Williams/Alamy Live News
XL bully dogs must now be muzzled in public after new rules were introduced at the start of the year. (Alamy)

It comes just days before a ban on owning XL bullies comes into force and weeks after the government introduced legislation requiring them to be muzzled and kept on a lead in a public place.

‘Callous and sickening act’

RSPCA inspector Kristy Ludlam said: “From the injuries sustained and the location where she was found, it appears that the poor dog was thrown from the flyover and died due to blunt force trauma injuries as she hit the ground. She was found on a route well used by dog walkers and had not been dead very long… If she has been thrown from the flyover to her death – this is a very callous and sickening act.”

Anyone with information or who may have dashcam footage on the flyover from around 11am on 22 January is urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 123 8019.

London, UK. 27th November, 2023. Protesters were outside Parliament tonight as a debate was taking place in Parliament following a petition signed by 606,608 people calling on the Government not to ban the XL Bully. From 1 February 2024 it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully in England and Wales unless the owner has a Certificate of Exemption for the dog. This new law has been implemented by the Government following a number of people being killed or badly injured by attacks from XL Bully Dogs. It has been reported that at least 246 XL Bully dogs will be euthanised when the ban comes
XL bully owners have until the end of January to register their pets on the index of exempted dogs. (PA)

What are the new rules for XL bully owners?

The new rules on XL bullies came into force on New Year’s Eve, meaning it is now illegal to breed, sell, advertise, exchange, gift, rehome, abandon or allow the animals to stray in England and Wales. Existing owners of the breed are allowed to keep their pets, but there are a raft of measures that they will have to adhere to.

Owners were advised to stop mating the dogs ahead of the ban, while the government also recommended that the animals were trained to wear a muzzle and walk on a lead before the new rules came into effect.

It will be expected that all owners register their XL bullies on the index of exempted dogs by 1 February – and it will be illegal to own one that is not on the index after this date. The dogs must also be microchipped and neutered, with animals under a year old given until the end of 2024 to be neutered while older dogs must be neutered by June.

XL bully owners who fail to register their dogs on the index face a criminal record and an unlimited fine. Their dog could also be seized. Owners also have the option to have their dog put down by the vet, with compensation provided to those who do.

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