XL Bully dogs
The Government has announced it is to add the XL Bully breed type dog to the list of those banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. This follows a concerning rise in attacks and fatalities which appear to be driven by XL Bullies. The new legislation applies in England and Wales.
From 31 December 2023, breeding, selling, exchanging, advertising, rehoming, gifting, abandoning, and allowing an XL Bully dog to stray will be illegal. These dogs must also be muzzled and on a lead when in public.
From 1 February 2024 it will be a criminal offence and a breach of your tenancy agreement, to own an XL Bully in England and Wales unless the owner has a Certificate of Exemption.
For information on the new rules please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-for-the-ban-on-xl-bully-dogs [external link] and to apply for a certificate of exemption please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-certificate-of-exemption-by-email-or-post-to-keep-an-xl-bully-dog[external link].
Housing Services has a pet policy in place, and we will work alongside our partner agencies to support and enforce any issues in relation to dog ownership. We allow pet(s) within most of our properties. Should a tenant wish to have a pet within their home, they must first seek written permission from us. If you have previously been granted permission by Housing Services for this type of dog, after 1st February 2024 this permission will be automatically retracted, unless you are able to provide a copy of a certificate of exemption which confirms you are complying with the law. If any tenant is unsure about how to obtain a certificate of exemption, please contact Housing Services on 01325 405333 or visit the websites above.
Housing Services may request that a tenant re-homes their pet(s) should we substantiate any complaints about the pet(s), the condition of the property or garden.
We understand that for many people, owning a dog can be an important member of the family, a dog can bring a lot of joy, however, comes with a lot of responsibility. As a responsible dog owner, it is important you understand dog laws in order to protect yourself, your dog and others around you. Many dog owners may not realise there are so many laws relevant to them or will feel that the risks associated with these laws are low in terms of consequences.
If you have concerns about the continued illegal breeding of XL Bully breed types from 31 December 2023, please report to police on 101 or Darlington Borough Council’s Licensing Department [email protected] or 01325 405888.
Alternatively, if you wish to discuss any aspect of pet management or have any questions in relation to the new law please contact Housing Services on 01325 405333 who can offer you support and assistance.