A man’s selfless sacrifice on New Year’s Eve saw him embark on a 200-mile journey to relocate two XL Bullies across the Scottish border. The prohibition on American XL Bully dogs officially took effect on December 31 at midnight, driven by escalating concerns about the breed’s perceived aggression.
The new law criminalizes the breeding, selling, advertising, gifting, exchanging, or abandoning of these animals in England and Wales. Furthermore, starting in February, ownership without a certificate will also be prohibited.
The controversial nature of this legal shift has sparked debates, with critics, including the RSPCA, contending that it will not effectively mitigate attacks and unfairly penalizes responsible owners.
Notably, Scotland remains unaffected by the legislation. Exploiting this exemption, XL Bully enthusiast Sammy Wilkinson, a resident of Tipton in the West Midlands, has undertaken the arduous task of driving over 200 miles to ensure the well-being of these dogs.
Sharing his journey on Facebook, Sammy expressed his determination: “I’m absolutely exhausted, and my car is falling apart, but you’re not killing these, Rishi Sunak. Now it’s a race to the Scottish Border before midnight.” In response to Sammy’s mission, a GoFundMe fundraiser has been initiated to support his efforts.
Lisa, the fundraiser’s organizer, articulated the goal: “I’m putting this fundraiser together for Sammy Wilkinson, in the hope that we can raise some money to help Sammy in saving even more XL Bullies. Sammy is currently driving day and night from the Black Country to Scotland, each time taking a group of XL Bullies with him and finding them new homes in Scotland. About 30 dogs so far he’s saved, and he’s still going!”
The fundraiser has garnered over £9,000 in donations at the time of this writing. Sammy confirmed on Tuesday morning that the funds will be utilized to assist individuals in applying for exemption certificates and acquiring muzzles for the dogs.
Sammy emphasized the vital role of supporters: “No matter how little you gave, just know you are hugely appreciated, and if it wasn’t for people like you supplying the frontlines from behind the scenes, none of this would be possible.”