XL bully owners handing dogs into vets to be put down following ban announcement

Brit XL Bully owners are already handing over the soon-to-be banned breed to be put down by vets.

Some are requesting a premature end to their pets lives after the government confirmed they would look to ban the breed by next year. MPs are now being told of cases where dog lovers are passing off their pups to veterinarians for them to be euthanised.

Cases across the country were confirmed by IVC Evidensia head Dr David Martin, as worries over the future laws on the breed scare pet owners. A number of vets appear uncomfortable at destroying healthy animals.

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Animal care shelters and vets are allegedly inundated with a number of people hoping to pass on their pets before the ban comes into effect. Veterinarians are allowed to refuse the requests to put down healthy animals, and are already expecting "significant problems" from the ban.

Dr Martin said: "We are already getting clients presenting dogs asking for them to be euthanised because they’re concerned about the effects of a ban. There is a risk these dogs will be dropped off or abandoned outside veterinary practices.

"We are allowed to refuse to euthanise a healthy animal under our code of conduct and as a business, we support all our vets who refuse to euthanise a healthy animal. So I think we’re going to have significant problems."

An RSPCA representative, Dr Samantha Gaines, claimed there would be a "huge cost" to the emotional welfare of veterinarians asked to euthanise healthy dogs en masse, The Guardian reported. Dr Gaines even warned staff members could walk out in protest of the ban and subsequent euthanising spike.

Dr Gaines said: "If we end up in a situation where we have to assess and take dogs and then euthanise them, that is going to come at a huge cost to the emotional wellbeing of our staff, and we do expect to lose staff over this.

"I think we have to accept that there are going to be a lot of dogs that are captured within the standard that defines what this dog looks likes whose behaviour does not pose risk to public safety." The RSPCA has also contacted the government regarding the ban.

The animal cruelty prevention group has aired their concerns to the government regarding "its approach and the potential for a large number of dogs to be involved than was actually originally intended."

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