Pet Blood Bank UK has said that it will no longer be accepting XL bully type dogs as blood donors in England and Wales.
The announcement comes ahead of the first stage of the XL bully ban, which begins on 31 December 2023.
The legislation will mean that, as a banned dog, XL bully types will need to wear a muzzle in all public spaces. This includes the donation centre, which the blood bank says will compromise the dogs’ welfare when donating blood.
The charity will continue accepting pre-existing XL bully type donors at its donation centres in Scotland, subject to any updates in the Scottish legislation.
However, they will no longer be accepting any new donor registrations from the breed at any centres in the UK.
Pet Blood Bank UK says that, while they understand the news is ‘disappointing’, they hope that XL bully type owners will continue to support them by volunteering and fundraising.
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