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    We know XL Bully dogs are owned by residents, and we need you to let us know if you own one to ensure we can give you the best support and guidance.

    We’re also reviewing our current pets policy, and we’d like to include the views of those who own XL Bully dogs. But, we can only do this if you have permission for the dog. 

    From 31 December 2023 it became an offence to:

    Example of an XL Bully dog (from Gov.uk website)

    • sell an XL Bully dog
    • abandon an XL Bully dog or let it stray
    • give away an XL Bully dog
    • breed from an XL Bully dog
    • have an XL Bully dog in public without a lead and muzzle.

    From 1 February 2024 it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully dog unless your dog has a valid Certificate of Exemption. You can apply for one here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-certificate-of-exemption-to-keep-an-xl-bully-dog

    You can check if your dog is classed as an XL Bully here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/official-definition-of-an-xl-bully-dog 

    You can find out more about the ban here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-for-the-ban-on-xl-bully-dogs 

    We know how important pets are to families. Please work with us so we can give you the best support we can and include your views in our policy review.

    Contact your neighbourhood housing officer about your XL Bully

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