Owner of XL Bully shot dead after attack to face 'no further proceedings'

Two men and a police officer were injured in the XL Bully attack in Hamilton in January.

Owner of XL Bully shot dead after attack in Hamilton to face ‘no further proceedings’ STV News

The owner of an XL Bully that was shot dead after attacking two men and a police officer won’t face any criminal proceedings over the incident.

Armed police were called to the Tinto View area of Hamilton on January 23 following reports of a large dog attacking people.

The “dangerously out of control” dog was shot four times after attempts to taser it were unsuccessful.

A 48-year-old man, who was injured in the attack, was reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the incident.

Following a review of the evidence, it has been concluded that no further proceedings will be taken against him.

A spokesperson for the Crown and Prosecutor Fiscal Service said: “The Procurator Fiscal received a report relating to a 49 year old male and an incident said to have occurred on January 23, 2024.

“After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, including the available admissible evidence, the Procurator Fiscal decided that there should be no proceedings taken at this time.  

“The Crown reserves the right to proceed in the future.”  

New legislation surrounding the ownership of XL Bully dogs came into force on February 23.

Owners are now required to keep their pets muzzled and on a lead while in public.

As of August 1, it will be an offence to own an XL Bully without an exemption certification or having applied for one.

Owners have until July 31 to submit their application.

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