Organisers of XL Bully walk back down after huge backlash - and tell people to leave their dogs at home

21 September 2023, 18:06 | Updated: 21 September 2023, 18:09

XL Bullies will not be allowed at the XL Bully mass walk
XL Bullies will not be allowed at the XL Bully mass walk. Picture: Getty/social media
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Organisers of a mass XL Bully walk have told dog owners to leave their pets at home after facing a huge backlash.

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The organisers had planned the mass XL Bully walk in Birmingham after Rishi Sunak's decision to ban the breed following a spate of attacks.

They said they wanted to educate people about "how gentle the breed really is" and even asked people to bring "as many kids as possible".

The planned event caused a huge backlash online, with several people pointing out the dangers of gathering a huge number of XL Bullies in the same place as children.

An updated version of the poster for the XL Bully mass walk
An updated version of the poster for the XL Bully mass walk. Picture: social media

It comes just weeks after a girl, 11, was mauled by an XL Bully in the Birmingham area.

The girl, along with two men who helped stop the dog, needed treatment after being bitten on September 9 in Bordesley Green.

Read More: Tributes paid as hero dad, 52, mauled to death by two XL Bully dogs ‘while protecting his mother’

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Despite calling on pet owners not to bring their XL Bullies, the event will still go ahead.

Instead pet owners have been invited on the walk in another attempt to educate others about the breed.

They have been encouraged to wear XL Bully memorabilia, such as T-shirts.

The breeds are going to be banned in the UK, Rishi Sunak announced last week
The breeds are going to be banned in the UK, Rishi Sunak announced last week. Picture: Getty

Last week, Mr Sunak said the breed was "a danger to our communities, particularly our children."

They are expected to be banned following an initial amnesty period.

It came just hours after a man, 52, was mauled to death by the breed in Staffordshire while protecting his mother.

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