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Battersea dog attack: XL Bully mauls four people in violent rampage before being shot dead by police

ARMED police gunned down an XL Bully last night after it went on a rampage and savaged four people.

Met cops swooped on the scene in South West London shortly after 10pm.

Shocking footage captured bystanders frantically trying to fight the bully off in Battersea, South West London on Monday night

Emergency service vehicles race to the scene as members of the public watch on in horror

It followed reports an XL Bully “was dangerously out of control and attacking people” in Battersea.

Four men were rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries before cops shot the beast dead.

Shocking video captured the attack as bystanders smack the grey-coloured bully with a motorbike helmet and batons on York Road.

One person appears to smash a bottle over the hounds back as shards of glass explode over the pavement.

The dog appears to be latched on to what appears to be a person lying under a coat on the ground.

Police vehicles and ambulances race to the scene as members of the public watch on in horror.

The Met said a man, 22, and woman, 21, were arrested on suspicion of being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

Investigators are examining the dog to confirm its breed.

Local MP Marsha de Cordova said she was “deeply concerned” to hear the news of the attack.

A Met spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of a dog – described as an XL Bully – that was dangerously out of control and attacking people in the vicinity of Home Road, SW11.

“Due to the threat posed to the public by the dog, armed officers attended.

“After assessing the situation, officers took the difficult decision to destroy the dog and it was shot.

“Four men – all members of the public – were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries sustained during the dog attack.

“None of their injuries are life-threatening.”

XL Bullies were outlawed in England and Wales on February 1.

It came after they were believed to be behind 20 per cent of dog attacks in 2023.

Owning an XL Bully dog without a certificate of exemption is now a criminal offence.

It is illegal to breed, sell, advertise, exchange, gift, re-home, abandon or allow XL Bully-type dogs to stray in England and Wales.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or contact the force via X @MetCC quoting the reference CAD7620/19Mar.



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