Update – September 2023

I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of a ban on American bully XL dogs. This is something I have been campaigning on for months with the police and others since constituents came to me in deep distress about their personal experiences, including just yesterday when I met Katie who was recently attacked by an XL bully in the constituency.
I am sorry it has taken so long for the ban to happen. It needs to now be put in place as soon as possible.
I want to thank all of the constituents who have been in touch. This cannot take away the injuries and loss but it can help prevent future tragedies.

 

Update – July 2023

I am pleased to see that South Yorkshire Police are calling for new powers against dangerous dogs following me raising the issue with them recently.
A quarter of dogs seized by South Yorkshire Police this year are XL Bullies and the breed have been responsible for a number of fatal attacks.
I fully support South Yorkshire Police working with ministers to explore measures including around licences for dog owners and specific measures around the XL Bully breed.
I will continue to monitor this issue closely and press for action.

Following a recent meeting with residents, councillors and the police to discuss recent dog attacks, I wrote to the Minister responsible for this policy area to ask what the Government were doing about the rise in attacks.

I have received a response informing me that there are no plans to add other types of dogs to the list of prohibited dogs in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and the approach is to focus on the controls and measures that apply to all types of dogs. These include it being an offence to allow any dog to be dangerously out of control in any place, measures that a complaint can be made to a Magistrates’ court where a dog is ‘dangerous and not kept under proper control’ and community protection notices to enable the police and local authorities to tackle irresponsible dog ownership.

I am also told that there are plans to increase dog safety messaging to promote safe interactions with children and dogs.

I remain very concerned about dog attacks in Doncaster North and will continue to monitor this issue closely and press for action.

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