American Bully XL breeders are 'tinkering with the DNA' of the killer breed to 'create monsters with enhanced muscles', an expert has said.
Dog behaviourist Stan Rawlinson claims that the beasts can kill a person in less than a minute, and warned that the number of deaths caused by the breed in the coming months and years will “soar”.
Previously described as a "devil dog", the XL Bully breed has been responsible for six out of 10 fatal dog attacks in the UK over the last year alone and more fatal attacks since 2021 in the UK than any other breed, the Mirror reports.
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Mr Rawlinson told MailOnline: “We averaged three dog attack deaths a year for the past 25 years. From that, we had ten last year with up to seven related to the XL Bully. This is only going to get worse.
“They could kill you in about a minute and the worst thing is no one knows how many there are in the UK. There are at least thousands but we just don't know for sure.
"Amateurs are tinkering with DNA, giving these dogs enhanced muscles, trying to create monsters and they've managed it.”
He added the situation is going to get “considerably worse”.
Yesterday (June 7), it was reported more than 1,700 children were treated in hospital after being bitten by dogs last year.
Animal charities said just over four kids were admitted every day.
Experts warned parents all dogs can bite, as they predict a spike in attacks in the summer holidays.
Dr Samantha Gaines, head of companion animals at the RSPCA, said: “We don’t ever expect our own dogs to bite but all dogs can.”
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Dr Gaines called the figures worrying after 1,726 children were hospitalised in 2022.
Last month beloved dad Jonathan Hogg was mauled to death by an XL Bully days before his daughter's second birthday, before armed police humanely destroyed the beast.
The vicious "super breed" are responsible for a number of previous deaths in the UK, with a one-year-old baby losing her life to the dangerous XL breed in St Helens, Merseyside, in 2022.
Bella-Rae Birch, who was just 17 months old when she was killed by an XL Bully, was mauled to death in a "tragic sudden accident," her mother said.
The youngster's tragic death followed on from another XL Bully attack in late 2021, where Jack Lis, 10, was savaged by a "crazed" XL Bully in Caerphilly, South Wales.
Joanne Robinson, 43, was mauled to death by her American XL Bully late last year after it "turned mad" in the heat, and in March of this year a man was driven up a tree to escape from a "biting" horror dog.
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