XL bully owner astonishingly defends breed after horrific attack: 'They're no more dangerous than other dogs!'

American XL bully owner Jordan Shelley and an American XL bully

Jordan Shelley is against the outright banning of the breed

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 11/09/2023

- 16:27

Updated: 11/09/2023

- 16:39

New footage shows an 11-year-old girl being attacked by a deadly breed in Birmingham

An American bully XL dog owner has launched a passionate rant defending the deadly breed.

It comes after footage was posted online of an attack on an 11-year-old girl in Bordesly Green, Birmingham, on Saturday.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has spoken on the “awful” incident, confirming that she is seeking “urgent advice” on banning the breed.

The girl’s mother told the BBC that she “thanked God” she remains alive after spending a night in hospital.


Speaking on GB News, Jordan Shelley, who owns an American bully XL, said the solution to the issue lies in licensed ownership as opposed to an outright banning of the breed.

“There’s lots of irresponsible owners, they are no more powerful or dangerous than any other type of large dog”, he said.


“The problem is, these irresponsible owners and breeders will move onto the next thing, so I think the way to solve this problem is by licensing ownership.

“I don’t think banning will have as immediate and effect as you’d think.

“The only way to get to the nub of this issue is by controlling these breeders and owners.”

Braverman described the attack as “appalling” and warned that the breed was a particular threat to children.

Suella Braverman

Suella Braverman is seeking 'urgent advice' on the banning of the American XL bully

GB News

Two men who intervened as the child was attacked were also bitten and treated in hospital.

The crossbreed XL bully-Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog is being held in secure kennels and the police have spoken to its owner.

Braverman said on social media: “This is appalling. The American XL bully is a cleat and lethal danger to our communities, particularly to children.

“We can’t go on like this. I have commissioned urgent advice on banning them.”

Speaking on the Birmingham footage, the prime minister’s spokesman said the attack was “shocking”, adding that the Government took the issue “extremely seriously”.

Emma Whitfield, whose 10-year-old son Jack Lis was mauled to death in Caerphilly, Wales, in 2021, spoke on GB News about the matter, questioning why the Government have not acted sooner on the issue.

“I welcome the remarks from Suella Braverman, but I feel like it’s taken a long time for the Government to speak on this”, she said.

“It’s taken a video over the weekend to go viral when people have lost their lives over the past few years to these dogs, and they didn’t speak up before.

“Bringing in a ban would be a quick fix for now, but it goes a lot deeper as it’s irresponsible owners and backyard breeders who are causing these issues to begin with.”

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