There has been a lot of publicity recently about dog attacks and many people will be rightly concerned.
Whether you agree with the idea of banning a breed or not, the reality is that under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, 4 breeds are currently specified as banned in the UK:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
It is also illegal to sell, abandon, give away or breed from a banned dog.
It now seems inevitable that a cross breed known as the XL Bully will be added to that list.
The government is yet to specify the breed characteristics as it is not recognised by the Kennel Club and stems from the American Pit Bull, it is a type of dog that has been in bred in the extreme. 50% of breeding XL Bullys in the UK can be traced back to 1 dog – Killer Kembo – in America.
Many people say there are no bad dogs, only bad owners, and responsible owners will be worried what will now happen to their pet.
Whilst that is yet to be confirmed for certain, under the current legislation (section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991) owners of banned breeds can apply for a Certificate of Exemption – a special license.
The current requirements for banned breeds are:
- The dog must be neutered
- The dog must be microchipped
- The dog must be on a lead and muzzled in public
- The dog must be kept in a secure place
You as the owner must:
- Take out third party liability insurance
- Be aged 16 or over
- Show the Certificate of Exemption to a police officer or dog warden when asked, or within 5 days
- Notify the Index of Exempt Dogs if you move, or your dog dies
Our advice to anyone with a XL Bully is to get ahead of the changes, do all of the above now and show yourself to be a responsible owner, and not to panic.
At Churchers, our criminal defence team has a wealth of experience in providing legal advice and representation for these types of offences. It is important to call us if you have been accused of an offence so that we can provide advice at the earliest stage. Please call 02392 820 747