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Blood bank not accepting XL bully donors
The announcement comes ahead of the XL bully ban.
The rule comes as the XL bully ban approaches.

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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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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