Moment beastly XL Bully dog charges police after being unleashed by owner

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    A terrifying video has captured the moment an American XL bully dog charges at police officers after being unleashed by its owner.

    The shocking clip shows officers dodging the beast as it was let loose by a suspect they were trying to apprehend in South Yorkshire.

    Now police have issued a stark warning over the controversial breed, which is not banned in the UK and has mauled men, women and children to death.

    READ MORE: Warning over UK's 'gentle giant' dog breed after mum savaged to death in own home

    South Yorkshire Police say the amount of dog attacks in the area has more than doubled in the last five years.

    And the breed accounts for 25 per cent of all dogs seized in the region since last January.

    Assistant Chief Constable Dan Thorpe, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "We can't ignore the fact that the XL bully breed is disproportionately represented in the number of dog attacks we attend.

    "Eight of the dogs seized since January 2022, by South Yorkshire Police are XL bullies.

    "Last year, 89 dogs had to be destroyed by police in the immediacy of the incident in order to protect public safety."

    In one shocking incident, a woman was mauled to death by one of the two XL Bullies she bought after believing them to be 'gentle giants'.

    Joanne Robinson, 43, died after being attacked in her own home in Rotherham last July. Her partner suffered serious injuries in the incident.

    Shocking data revealed the breed has been involved in the majority of fatal dog attacks in the UK since 2021.

    Earlier this year, a man was mauled to death by an American XL Bully after it turned on him while he was looking after it for a friend in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

    Jonathan Hogg, 37, entered the dogs' pen when it went for him, leaving bite wounds on his arm, leg and head, an inquest into his death heard.

    The horror attack came after a six-year-old boy in South Yorkshire was scalped by a dog only two weeks after they'd bought it from Facebook.

    And it follows a spate of maulings involving the breed, which shares DNA with banned American Pit Bull Terriers.

    Six of the ten dog-related deaths in the UK last year were caused by Bully or Bully crosses, sparking calls from campaigners for the breed to be banned.

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    In March last year, 17-month-old Bella-Rae Birch was killed in her family's home in St Helens, Merseyside, just a week after they bought the dog.

    Schoolboy Jack Lis, 10, was killed in an attack by an XL Bully in 2021 while playing at a friend's house in Caerphilly, South Wales.

    ACC Thorpe added: "XL Bully dogs seem to have a high propensity for aggression.

    "And once they turn, even the most experienced owners have limited ability to do anything about it due to the power and strength of the breed."

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