New UK ban could take dogs from owners

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U.K. pet owners could be facing a tough road ahead if they own a certain breed of dog, thanks to a new ban proposed by government officials.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced Friday a plan to bar what he calls the “American XL Bully” dog from the U.K., following a series of attacks that have been blamed on the breed. This law would not only make it an offense to own, breed, gift or sell an XL bully, but may also give authorities permission to confiscate animals, even if they that do not have a record of aggression.

While owners would have the opportunity to apply for a court-ordered exemption, they could also be subjected to heavy fines and potential jail time.

Sunak called the dogs “a danger to our communities” during the announcement, where he also shared the rule will go into effect by the end of the year.

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