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Update on ownership of XL Bully type dogs

From 1 February 2024, it will be a criminal offence to be in possession of an XL Bully type dog, unless the dog has been certified as exempt on the Index of Exempted Dogs and is compliant with these requirements. 


People who are in possession of these dogs must apply to DEFRA for a Certificate of Exemption by 31 January 2024, to be granted a Certificate of Exemption.  


After the 1 February 2024, if you think someone has an XL Bully type dog without a Certificate of Exemption you should report this to the Police. 


To find out more about having a pet in your home take a look at the My Tenancy section of the website.

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