‘Let the dog go!’ Locals TURN ON police after seizing ‘vicious’ XL Bully that mauled security guard

XL Bully dog/Highcross shopping centre

Officers also arrested a man for allowing the animal to be out of control in a public place

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 20/11/2023

- 21:54

The dog bit a security guard at Highcross Shopping Centre

Locals in Leicester turned on police who seized a “vicious” XL Bully dog that hospitalised a security guard.

The owner of the dog was denied entry into a shop by the guard when the animal bit the Highcross Shopping Centre member of staff.

The dog – which bit the security guard on the arm and leg – was led away by police, leaving the public outraged.

Footage captured and then shared online shows a group of vexed locals swearing at officers who seized the canine.

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The video was captioned: “Can I just come on here to say the dog had apparently bit a security guard. The security guard was fine.

“A man was arrested today for his XL Bully 'attacking' a security guard. With his child next to him sobbing his heart out, because these police officers were taking his family dog away.

“The dog got noosed away from his owners. With eight police officers there for a 'violent dog'. The dog was so calm, as you can see in the video, police pointing tasers at the poor dog.”

It has received over 45,900 likes and more than 4,490 comments.


American XL Bully

The dog (not pictured) was led away by police, leaving the public outraged

Wiki Commons images/ Dlexus

In the clip, a woman berates an officer for taking away the dog, pointing to a child standing next to the dog’s owner, asking him: “If that was your child, what would you do?'

The owner pleads with the police to let the dog go, whilst the dog tries to shake the noose from its neck.

Officers also arrested a man for allowing the animal to be out of control in a public place.

In the video, a person can be heard shouting: “So, you're arresting him as well? Disgusting, the lot of you.”

The dog's owner has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Leicestershire Police said: “It has come to our attention that a number of videos and posts have been published on social media in relation to an incident in the city centre [on Saturday] where a man was detained and an XL Bully dog was seized.

Outside HighcrossOfficers attended the Highcross Shopping Centre at the weekendGoogle

“Prior to this incident officers were called to the Highcross Shopping Centre around 12.30pm after a security guard was bitten by a dog when the owner was refused entry into a shop.

“The owner subsequently left the scene and was detained in Silver Street with his dog.

“He was arrested on suspicion of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and causing injury. He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

“The XL Bully was seized by officers and taken to a place of safety. The security guard sustained an injury to his arm and leg and was discharged from hospital after treatment.

“His injuries are not believed to be serious. Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

It comes as legislation was brought in by then Environment Secretary Therese Coffey, making it illegal to sell, breed or abandon an XL Bully dog from December 31.

Campaigners from Don’t Ban Me - Licence Me have raised more than £86,000 in their bid to raise money for funding a judicial review.

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