XL Bully 'humanely destroyed' after attack on Welsh teenager

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A teenage boy has been taken to hospital following an attack by an XL Bully dog in Caerphilly. Gwent Police said they were called to an address in the village of Pontlottyn on Tuesday afternoon, May 28.

The force confirmed that police officers attended an address in the village, alongside firearms officers and paramedics from Welsh Ambulance Service. A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital for treatment, the police force confirmed, although his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Gwent Police said that the dog, identified as an XL Bully, was registered with DEFRA which is the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. The force said that the dog had been "humanely destroyed" by a veterinary surgeon, Wales Online reported.

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A police spokesperson 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. Sign up for the North Wales Live newsletter sent twice daily to your inbox

"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."

In Hull this week a five year old boy was taken to hospital after being bitten on the head by a dog believed to be an XL bully.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: "Enquiries are ongoing after we received reports that a five-year-old boy had been bitten by a dog at a property on Brazil Street in Hull at around 11.45am. The boy suffered injuries to his head, and is currently in hospital receiving treatment."

Detective Chief Inspector Allison Sweeting further added: "We are working closely with the boy's family and the owner of the dog to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident. At this stage, the breed of dog is believed to be an XL bully type and it has been seized as part of our enquiries."

New restrictions on XL Bully dogs came into force on December 31 last year following heightened concern 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.

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

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