The owners of an XL bully have clashed with Richard Madeley on Good Morning Britain as he called the dogs ‘ticking time bombs’ and spoke of the ‘terrible stories of children’ who’ve had their faces ripped off’.
Richard pointed out that other American XL bully owners, whose dogs have attacked, have said the dogs ‘just turned’ and that before the serious incidents they had never done it before. Statistics show XL bullies have been responsible for 50% of all attacks on people and other dogs in the last two years – and 70% of all dog attack deaths.
Six people have died in XL bully attacks in the UK in recent months. The Government is to ban XL bullies by the end of the year – meaning police will be able to seize them and owners will need to have them neutered. they will also need to be muzzled and owners will need insurance to pay out if there are any attacks.
But owner Nick defended the breed, saying it is the owners’ fault if they attack. He told GMB: “It’s not just because of the breed, you should be looking at the owner of the breed – how they bring the dog up, and I will strongly say that is on any breed – it’s how you bring your dog up.
“If you bring your dog up in a loving family the dog’s going to be in a loving family. If you bring your dog up to be rough and nasty then it will be rough and nasty.”
Alicia said: “When we’ve been away we’ve had people come and sit the dog that obviously do not live in our household and there’s never been any issues. In fact everyone’s always saying how loving he is.”
Alicia added: “My dog hasn’t done nothing wrong so why should he be muzzled, why should he be banned when he hasn’t done anything to anybody.”
Richard hit back saying: “Of course he’s done nothing wrong at the moment, we take your word for that absolutely. He’s a good dog – at the moment. But they’re like ticking timebombs aren’t they? And if they go, if they blow, watch out. They are so dangerous once they’ve lost control.”
Nick said: “I strongly disagree with that. Because that’s on any breed.” Alicia added: “Any breed can switch.”
The dogs will join the list of banned animals by the end of the year. This will grant police the power to seize any that they see.