Moment two 'XL bullies' run loose before police seize the animals

Moment two ‘XL bullies’ run loose on street, jump at woman’s car and try to attack another pet dog before police seize the animals

Two ‘XL bullies’ were spotted running loose on the street in Sheffield while jumping at a woman’s car and trying to attack another pet dog, residents alleged.

Pictures were uploaded on Facebook of the two dog running riot in the street, where they reportedly got up to a host of antics – including approaching a child’s pram.

Bully Watch UK shared footage of the abandoned dogs on X, formerly Twitter, writing: ‘Two Bully XLs with no collars and no leads loose in Sheffield this morning. 

‘Circled a pram, attacked another dog and then went and entered a school.’

X users reacted with dismay over the incident.

Baz wrote: ‘Sadly we are going to see a lot more of this as owners dump their Bullies.’

A woman pictured one of the two loose dogs as it leapt up at her car in Sheffield

The dogs were roaming the streets without collars or leads, and so sign of their owner

Vee tweeted: ‘For goodness sake. Hope the attacked dog is OK and no other casualties. Where is the responsible dog ownership?’

Marlene added: ‘There will be some excuse for this there always is!’

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Police were later seen bundling the dogs in the back of their vehicles after they were alerted by neighbours.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘We were called this morning to reports that two dogs, believed to be XL bullies, were loose in the street on Cradock Road in the Arbourthorne area of Sheffield.

‘We also received a separate report that two dogs, which are believed to be the same dogs, had tried to attack another dog on nearby Northern Avenue.

‘Officers attended and the two dogs were seized and have been taken to kennels. Enquiries are ongoing to seek to locate the owners.’

The incident follows a wave of recent headlines about XL Bullies, which were unknown in the British Isles until several years ago.

Earlier this week, footage taken at Stratford station in London showed two ‘XL Bully’ dogs launch a crazed attack on a rail platform next to an oncoming train after a woman allegedly lost control of them.

The woman was seen standing over a dog with white and light-brown fur. She appears to fit a harness onto the big dog, while she looks down the platform toward a second dog, who has white fur with large brown patches.

The second dog, which is on a lead, can be seen jumping up at a man and aggressively snapping at him. 

The attack comes days before a government ban on the breeding, selling or owning of unlicensed XL Bullys due to six Britons being killed by the animals in just one year.  

The suspected XL Bully attacks the man, who according to bystanders came to help the woman struggling to control her dogs. 

The suspected XL Bully attacks the man (pictured left lying on the floor), who according to bystanders came to help the woman struggling to control her dogs

Confusion over the ban on XL Bullies will leave police even more stretched during the hectic Christmas period, MPs said yesterday.

Dog owners face a race against time to meet the new rules, with legislation coming in on December 31.

This means owners have to apply to have their pets exempt from the crackdown – which means they would have to pay £92.40 for a certificate and the dog would need to be microchipped and neutered, among other rules.

The second option would be to have their dogs put down, with the Government offering £200 in compensation to these owners – which a ‘large tranche’ of vets say they will not do.

However, there is a lack of clarity over the legislation’s definition of an XL Bully which MPs said will lead to headache for police enforcing the ban and a likely legal challenge.

A suspected XL Bully attacks a man (pictured left lying on the floor), who according to bystanders came to help the woman struggling to control her dogs, in Stratford yesterday

When the owner (pictured) finally gets a hold of the second dog, the terrified man runs away just before the train stops at the platform

MPs told MailOnline today such ambiguity poses a risk to public safety, while a dog expert said the introduction of the ban will be an ‘absolute shambles’ as the Government do not have an appropriate system in place to deal with the fallout. 

Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns told MailOnline the ban ‘without clear specifics’ could pose a ‘risk to public safety’.

She said: ‘The misguided XL Bully ban will come into play at a time when the police are already overstretched during the busy Christmas period. 

‘Without clear specifics on the banned breeds, law enforcement may face confusion, potentially leading to unnecessary police force in the coming weeks. 

‘This ambiguity poses a risk to public safety. 

‘Until we can define the breed and conduct proper research, this ban should not proceed to prevent wasting police time and resources.’ 

Former Conservative minister Sir Chris Chope said the vague definition of an XL Bully will lead to a legal challenge and a headache for the police, who have to enforce the ban. 

He told MailOnline: ‘There’s going to be an issue for the police anyway, because then the numbers of these dogs is much higher than the Government has estimated. 

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Injuries and deaths after attacks by XL Bully type dogs

Jonathan Halstead, 35

Jonathan Halstead, 35 – January 29, 2020

Jonathan died after a severe neck injury and bites after being attacked in his home in Oldham, Greater Manchester by his pet Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bronson.

It is believed the dog attacked him when its owner suffered an epileptic fit.

Jack Lis, 10

Jack Lis, 10 – November 8, 2021

Schoolboy Jack Lis, 10, suffered catastrophic injuries in the mauling by an American XL Bully dog called Beast while visiting a friend’s home in Penyrheol in Caerphilly, Wales on November 8, 2021.

Neighbours and Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics desperately tried to save him but he died at the scene. Armed police destroyed the dog on site.

Adam Watts, 55

Adam Watts, 55 – December 22, 2021 

Adam Watts, 55, was attacked at the Juniper Kennels and Cattery in Kirkton of Auchterhouse, near Dundee, and was pronounced dead at the scene on December 22, 2021. 

MARCH 21, 2022: Undated family handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of Bella-Rae Birch

Bella-Rae Birch, 17 months – March 21, 2022

Toddler Bella-Rae Birch was attacked by her family’s pet American Bully XL dog when she was just 17 months old.

The vicious dog snatched the child out of her mother’s arms while they were at their home in Blackbrook, St Helens, Merseyside, on March 21 last year.

Keven Jones, 62

Keven Jones, 62 – May 28, 2022

Keven Jones died after he was attacked by an American Bully XL dog in Wrexham, Wales on May 28 last year.

Ambulance workers attempted to save him but they were unable to stop his left leg from bleeding.

Mr Jones was then pronounced dead at his son’s house following the attack. 

Joanne Robinson, 43

Joanne Robinson, 43 – July 15, 2022

Mother-of-two Joanne Robinson, 43, was killed by her American Bully XL dog, Rocco, after it ‘turned mad in the extreme heat’ in July last year.

She died at the scene of the attack at home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire while her partner, Jamie Stead, was left with injuries to his hands, stomach and face as he tried to pull the animal off her.

Joanne’s mother Dot, of Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire, revealed at the time that Rocco had previously fought with their other dog Lola – and she had warned her daughter to ‘get rid of one of them’.

Ian ‘Wiggy’ Symes, 34

Ian Symes, 34 – August 2022 

Ian ‘Wiggy’ Symes, 34, who is understood to have been walking a Bully XL dog himself at a recreation ground in Fareham, Hampshire, died at the scene following a horrific dog attack in August 2022.

His devastated family said he was out dog walking and ‘doing something he loved’ when he died at the field in Fareham, Hampshire.

Ann Dunn, 65

Ann Dunn, 65 – October 3, 2022

Ann Dunn, 65, was found collapsed with ‘catastrophic injuries’ at her Liverpool home she shared with seven dogs on October 3 last year.

She was mauled to death by dogs including an American Bully XL – and had been sent to hospital a year before her death because she had been bitten by a dog. 

Shirley Patrick, 83

Shirley Patrick, 83 – December 3, 2022

Widowed grandmother Shirley Patrick, 83, died after being viciously mauled by an XL Bully in her own home.

The retired nurse died in hospital 17 days after suffering ‘life-threatening injuries’ during the ‘hellish’ and ‘violent’ dog attack in Caerphilly, South Wales on December 3 last year.

Jonathan Hogg, 37

Jonathan Hogg, 37 – May 18, 2023

Jonathan Hogg, 37, was mauled to death by an American XL Bully dog after it turned on him while he was looking after it for a friend.

He entered the dogs’ pen when it went for him, leaving bite wounds on his arm, leg and head, an inquest heard.

He was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries after the mauling in Leigh, Greater Manchester, on May 18 this year.

Ian Price, 52

Ian Price, 52 – September 14, 2023

On Thursday, September 14, ‘pillar of the community’ Ian Price, 52, was attacked and killed by two ‘devil’ XL Bully dogs after they jumped out of his neighbour’s window in Stonnall, Staffordshire.

Mr Price, from Stonnall, Staffordshire, was attacked and killed by the two dogs which jumped out of a neighbour’s window yards from a primary school. He reportedly died defending his elderly mother from the animals.

The dogs bit him and ripped the clothes from his body leaving him dying in a pool of blood in his boxer shorts in the horror attack just feet from his home.

Ian Langley, 54

Ian Langley, 54 – October 3, 2023

Ian Langley, 54, was set upon on the estate in Sunderland on October 3 this year by an enormous XL Bully dog which grabbed him by the neck as he bent down to pick up his Patterdale terrier pup.

The attack left Mr Langley needing CPR for around 15 minutes as emergency services fought to staunch heavy bleeding from his wounds. However he tragically succumbed to his injuries. His dog survived.

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