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Woman Mauled to Death by Her Own XL Bully Dogs in East London Home

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A woman in her 50s has been fatally attacked by her own XL Bully dogs in east London, as reported by the Guardian. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon in Hornchurch, where the Metropolitan Police responded to the scene. Despite the efforts of paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity has not yet been disclosed.


The police successfully secured the two XL Bully dogs involved in the attack, though their future remains uncertain.

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police stated: “Armed officers were dispatched due to the significant threat posed. After evaluating the situation, they managed to safely contain two XL Bully dogs, which had been confined to a room in the house and did not exit during the incident. The family of the deceased woman, who owned the dogs, is receiving support from officers.”

The XL Bully is a variant of the American Bully breed, known for its “heavy, large and broad” head and “blocky or slightly squared” muzzle, according to the UK government.

Since February 1 of this year, it has been illegal to own, breed, or sell American XL Bullies without an exemption certificate in England and Wales. Owners are required to have their dogs neutered, microchipped, and muzzled in public, and they cannot advertise, gift, exchange, abandon, or allow these dogs to stray.

The ban was instituted following 23 fatalities in the UK linked to the breed over the past three years.

In a related incident, a 68-year-old woman was killed in February after being attacked by XL Bullies while visiting her grandson in Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. According to the BBC, Esther Martin succumbed to her injuries inside the home. Police shot both dogs and arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous dog offenses.

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