Man has been apprehended over injured 11 years old in an attack by American bully XL dog.

Man has been apprehended over injured 11 years old in an attack by American bully XL dog.

Arrest Made After Dog Attack Leaves Girl Injured

A man has been apprehended following a dog attack that resulted in serious injuries to an 11-year-old girl. Ana Paun sustained injuries to her shoulder and arm during the incident, which involved an American bully XL and Staffordshire bull terrier crossbreed puppy in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, on Saturday. Two other individuals were also harmed when the dog managed to break free from its collar on two occasions. West Midlands Police has reported that a 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dangerously out-of-control dog.

Incident Details and Victim’s Account

Ana Paun shared her harrowing experience, recounting how the dog initially grabbed her hand and began moving her about. Fortunately, someone intervened and managed to free her hand, but the dog then turned its attention to her shoulder, biting her there as well. Ana described feeling panic and fear during the ordeal, emphasizing the emotional distress it caused.

Impact on the Victim and Family

Ana, who needed approximately eight stitches for her injuries, had a pre-existing fear of dogs, which was exacerbated by the attack. Her mother, Monica Paun, expressed gratitude for the swift response of bystanders who helped during the incident. The local community and neighbors have been supportive in the aftermath of the attack, and Ana has been on antibiotics to treat her injury.

Consideration of Breed Ban and Legal Actions

The incident prompted Home Secretary Suella Braverman to seek urgent advice on whether the American bully XL breed should be prohibited, condemning the attack as appalling. However, concerns have arisen about the feasibility of such a ban, as the American bully XL is not officially recognized as a breed by the Kennel Club. This could inadvertently lead to the prohibition of other dog breeds.

Downing Street affirmed the need for action and the utilization of existing powers while considering a potential breed ban. The government aims to collaborate with experts, the police, and stakeholders to define the breed’s status under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Ana’s mother, Monica Paun, expressed support for a ban on the breed and emphasized the importance of leash and muzzle requirements for these dogs in public spaces.

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