Horrifying moment two XL Bullys break into family’s back garden and brutally savage and kill beloved pet cat – after the beasts reportedly attacked children and dog walkers just hours earlier
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- The two animals barged into a front garden in Hounslow, west London last week
- Footage of the horrifying attack was captured on a Ring doorbell camera
This is the horrifying moment two prowling American Bully XL dogs broke into a garden and savagely mauled a cat to death.
The two beasts were caught in the middle of the night on Ring doorbell footage barging into the front garden of a home in Hounslow, West London.
The animals launched for one cat, which managed to dart into a bush and escape. But a second cat wasn’t so lucky, as it was pinned to the floor by the growling dogs, who tore into the screeching feline, killing it.
The attack was the latest in a slew of incidents in the London suburb which has left the community terrified – and comes amid mounting pressure for the ‘lethal’ XL Bully breed to be banned in Britain.
Hours earlier, the mutts reportedly tried to attack dog walkers and chased children, prompting a panicked warning from the local primary school. One woman was even forced to flee her home after the dogs broke her door down and attacked her.
The large dogs were caught on camera barging into the home before fatally attacking a cat
One cat managed to escape the onslaught (left) while the two dogs mauled the other feline (right)
The footage comes amid mounting calls for the XL Bully breed to be banned in the UK (file image)
Deepan Patel, whose beloved cat Dusty was killed in the rampage on September 3, found his pet’s bloodied body the next morning.
Mr Patel shared the attack with Hounslow Council’s animal warden and the Met Police before taking to social media to warn his neighbours about the dogs – which triggered panic, with other locals sharing their experiences.
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Speaking of his ordeal, Mr Patel told MyLondon: ‘The whole family is incredibly upset and my mother is in tears. The dogs should not be roaming freely and could easily have entered an open window or door and attacked a small person.’
The attack came three hours after residents reportedly spotted the animals charging around and bumping into children.
Police were alerted at 6.30pm about the dogs, Mr Patel claimed, before a second call was placed at 8.15pm after one of the animals leapt into a neighbour’s garden and broke her door – before then trying to attack her, forcing her to flee her home.
An hour later and the two out-of-control hounds charged into Mr Patel’s garden and slaughtered his cat. ‘The police could have prevented Dusty from being killed if they had come when they said they would,’ he said.
A second cat was reportedly killed a month earlier by a dog thought to be a Bully XL, in Wesley Avenue – where the mayhem has been taking place.
Following this month’s night of carnage, the headteacher at nearby Wellington Primary School – which is next to Wesley Avenue – issued a warning to pupils amid mounting safety fears.
The out-of-control dogs were in the undergrowth of this garden (right) as the black cat approached – before being pounced on and killed
Resident reported the two animals had been involved in a series of attacks against children, neighbours and other animals
In a newsletter to children on Friday, headteacher Debbie Norton warned: ‘A parent has made us aware that were two aggressive XL bully dogs running loose in Wesley Avenue and have attacked and killed two cats over the holidays.
‘Police and Hounslow have apparently been informed and are investigating. They do not seem to be around at the moment and a petition is being organised to garner more action.’
Hounslow Council has been made aware of the spate of attacks, with an animal warden sent out the following day. The two dogs have not been seen on the streets since the night of mayhem.
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Councillor Ajmer Grewal, cabinet member for safety and regulatory service at the authority said: ‘The council was alerted to an incident involving dogs allegedly dangerously out of control on September 3 and advised the resident contact the police immediately. We strongly advise if you feel concerned or threatened by an uncontrolled animal to report it to the police immediately.
‘Our team of animal welfare officers were also alerted and have subsequently conducted a number of patrols of the area to ensure the neighbourhood is safe for residents and their animals.
‘At this time no further sightings of the dogs have been reported or identified. The council is working with the police to investigate this incident further, and we ask residents not to speculate on social media while investigations are ongoing.’
XL Bullys are not banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act. However, campaigners are seeking a change in the law following a surge of fatal maulings.
The ‘mutant’ breed of beasts have been behind the majority of fatal dog attacks in the UK since 2021, having slaughtered 10 out of the 14 people mauled in deadly rampages over the past two years.
Deaths caused by dog attacks have more than doubled in the past two years, from four in 2021 to a record 10 in 2022.
Two of four fatal dog attacks in the UK in 2021 involved a Bully XL, with the number increasing to at least six out of 10 last year. Two people have been killed this year by the breed.
On Sunday, 11-year-old Ana Paun from Birmingham became the latest victim to be brutalised by one of the rampaging hounds, with a video of the attack prompting Home Secretary Suella Braverman to seek ‘urgent advice’ on banning the dogs.
MailOnline has approached the Met Police for comment.
What is the Dangerous Dogs Act?
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans or restricts certain types of dogs and makes it an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of control.
It was introduced 30 years ago by Home Secretary Kenneth Baker ‘to rid the country of the menace of these fighting dogs’ after a string of attacks.
WHICH DOGS ARE BANNED IN THE UK?
It is illegal to own four breeds of dogs without an exemption from a court. They are: American pitbull terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brazileiros.
The law also criminalises cross-breeds of the above four types of dog – meaning that whether a dog is prohibited will depend on a judgement about its physical characteristics and whether they match the description of a prohibited ‘type’.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE’S A DOG ATTACK?
You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months if your dog is dangerously out of control.
You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.
If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to five years or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.
And if you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine.
WHY IS THE ACT CONTROVERSIAL?
Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Veterinary Association have protested against the ban, insisting there is no scientific evidence that all individuals of a breed are dangerous.
However, Met Police data suggests that in incidents involving ‘dangerously out of control dogs’, banned breeds account for about a fifth of offences.
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