XL Bully attacks labrador on high street as witnesses intervene to save dog

Police said 'enquiries are ongoing' following the dog-on-dog attack.

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Members of the public intervened to save a labrador after it was attacked by an XL Bully-style dog on a town’s high street.

Police said officers had been called to High Street in Irvine, North Ayrshire, on Wednesday after reports of a dog-on-dog attack.

In a video shared on social media, the XL Bully-type dog is seen with its jaws locked around the labrador’s neck.

Loud yelps are heard as several members of the public punch, kick and try to drag the dogs apart.

Around a dozen people crowd around the animals as one member of the public uses a stick to try and dislodge the XL Bully’s jaw.

Police Scotland said there were no lasting injuries and that no members of the public were hurt.

It is unclear how the incident began and an investigation is under way.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Around 4.50pm on Wednesday officers received a report of a disturbance and dog-on-dog attack on High Street, Irvine.

“One of the dogs was seen by the vet but has no lasting injuries. No one was injured.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

XL Bully ban: What are the rules?

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Restrictions around XL Bully dogs have come into force in Scotland.

Since February, owners are no longer be allowed to breed, sell, exchange, gift, abandon or allow the dogs to stray.

It will still be legal for current owners to keep their pets but they must be muzzled and on a lead when in public.

Even tougher restrictions will come into force from August 1.

From then it will become an offence to own an XL bully without an exemption or having applied for an exemption.

Owners will have to pay to apply for an exemption and the Scottish Government said details of the scheme will be announced in the coming weeks.

Anyone convicted of breaching the new safeguards could face up to six months behind bars and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

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