A brave schoolgirl who was savaged by a dangerous XL Bully dog in a ferocious rampage as terrified crowds fled the area said today: ‘I’m now too frightened to leave home.’
Ana Paun, 11, told how the powerful breed of bulldog ‘which was suffering from heat exhaustion’ leapt up at her after lying unleashed in a Birmingham bus shelter as she walked home from buying sweets with her sister.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline today, traumatised Ana said: ‘The dog just came at me out of nowhere.
‘I was walking to the shop with my elder sister and the dog was with its owner, who was standing by a bus shelter.
‘The dog stared at me and as I got closer it suddenly jumped up and bit my arm, it didn’t take its gaze off me and continued staring while it was biting.
‘It sort of locked on to my arm and wouldn’t let go. I was screaming as loud as I could.
Ana Paun was walking to the shops with her 18-year-old sister when the powerful breed of bulldog leapt up at her from a bus shelter
Ana remained in hospital for a day and was allowed home to recover last night with a bandaged arm
The eleven-year-old is now recovering at home following the gruesome ordeal
Brave members of the public grabbed anything they could to beat away the crazed beast
‘The dog knocked me to the floor and was still attacking me. A man helped me and hit the dog which released it from my arm but it then lunged at me again and bit my shoulder.
‘I was in shock but another man managed to grab the dog from behind and pull it off me. The dog then chased someone else into the petrol station and attacked him on the forecourt.
‘I managed to get off the floor at this point and with my sister I ran into the shop to safety. There was a lot of blood pouring from my arm.
‘The staff called the police and the ambulance and I was taken to Heartlands Hospital.’
She added: ‘I thought it was going to attack my face and neck and that I was going to die.
‘I kept screaming and screaming – I was petrified.’
Ana remained in hospital for a day and was allowed home to recover last night.
She said she has lived in the area for five-years but has never seen the dog before.
Cradling a bandaged left forearm, she added: ‘I don’t blame the dog but the owner did nothing at all when I was attacked. He just watched on and didn’t attempt to stop it.
‘I’m now too frightened to leave home and I’m very wary of dogs.
‘The pain isn’t too bad as I’m on antibiotics but I still feel really shaken up. I thought the dog might do more serious damage or worse, kill me. I’m really thankful to the people who helped me.’
Ana was one of three people bitten by the dog, two men were also attacked.
Her relieved mother, Monica, said a man who tried to help her daughter was chased into a neighbouring Texaco petrol station and left more seriously hurt.
More footage has emerged of a savage dog attack in Birmingham that left an 11-year-old girl and two men injured
Ana’s mother has said she does not want the dog to be destroyed and has blamed the animals owner for the incident
She said: ‘We bumped into him in hospital. He had a very serious bite wound to his upper arm.
‘He lives near to us but I think he’s still in hospital as his injuries are more severe. But I thanked him for helping to save my daughter.
‘I don’t want the dog to be destroyed, it’s the owner who is at fault. They shouldn’t be walking around with such a dangerous dog, especially one that isn’t on a lead or muzzled.
‘Ana is doing ok, she is a strong girl. We’ve had visits from friends and family, who have been worried sick. Ana’s also been on FaceTime chats with her schoolmates to show them she’s ok.
‘I shudder to think what could have happened. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
‘I’m originally from Romania, where there are lots of stray dogs roaming the streets and there have been attacks on people. I’ve always been careful around them.
‘I didn’t expect my daughter to be seriously injured by one on the streets of Birmingham.’
A passenger on the top deck of a passing bus filmed the horrific attack on their mobile phone on Saturday afternoon.
The footage was uploaded onto social media and shows the muscular dog attack Ana as force her to the ground as onlookers scream.
A man is seen pulling the dog away from her as the XL Bully goes for another man in a white T-shirt and shorts who sprints onto a petrol station forecourt.
A video circulating online which was taken from the top deck of a double-decker bus showed the rampage erupt
The dog sprints after another man, who is seen on the film wearing a while t-shirt and shorts
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said she had commissioned ‘urgent advice’ on outlawing the breed after the ‘appalling’ attack
Several men come to his aid, including one brandishing a metal pole, and force the dog to flee.
The bully was initially taken to a local vet to be checked over before being taken into secure kennels while the investigation continues. It’s owner has been spoken to by officers from West Midlands Police.
A spokesman clarified: ‘The dog was seized by officers and taken to a vet suffering from heat exhaustion. He has now been taken into secure kennels and our dog unit will consider what will happen to it.
‘The dog’s owner is currently in hospital and we will be speaking to him in due course.
‘This was an alarming and shocking incident on a busy road in high temperatures and members of the public showed immense courage in tackling such a ferocious dog.’
She tweeted: ‘The American XL bully is a clear and lethal danger to our communities, particularly to children.
‘We can’t go on like this. I have commissioned urgent advice on banning them.’
Home Secretary Suella Braverman is now pushing for a ban on American XL bully dogs, saying they are a ‘clear and lethal danger’ – particularly to children.
Following the attack, which is the latest in a terrifying spate of incidents, debate has raged as to whether the XL bully breed should be banned.
This morning on Good Morning Britain, dog trainer Kay Taiwo pushed back at calls for a ban and claimed American XL Bully dogs were ‘not bred or made to be ultra-aggressive’.
Dog trainer Kay Taiwo (pictured) claimed American XL Bully dogs were ‘not bred or made to be ultra-aggressive’
However, she was slammed by expert Stan Rawlinson (pictured), who said ‘this dog is not a nice dog’
West Midlands Police opened an investigation after the 11-year-old girl and the two men who intervened were injured in the daylight attack in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon (File image)
She said: ‘These dogs don’t want to jump about the place. You go online and see people who own these dogs, they will tell you that the dog is calm.’
However, she was slammed by dog behavioural expert Stan Rawlinson, who said ‘this dog is not a nice dog’.
Meanwhile, GMB viewers took to social media to voice their opinions after presenter Ed Balls compared banning XL Bullies to preventing the sale of handguns.
Twitter/X user Hayley Auton said: ‘GUNS!!!! Your not taking guns off our police or army… because those are responsible persons. Don’t take the dogs from those responsible enough to have them ….’ (sic.)
Social media user Zoe Newton added: ‘@GMB disgrace, No clue presenters Get them off the air! 3 against 1 here. No neutral minded with one saying she is scared, why cause she read a article & a behaviourist who ADMITS he’s never accessed and XL. I don’t have an XL myself. All dogs can be dangerous the same as HUMANS!!’ (sic).
Today the RSPCA announced that despite the ever-growing calls from the British public they would not be throwing their weight around any talks of banning the breed.
A spokesperson from the Dog Control Coalition told MailOnline: ‘This recent dog bite occurrence is a deeply sad incident and our thoughts are with all those involved.
‘We are all incredibly concerned about the rising number of dog bite incidents and the biggest priority of everyone involved is to protect the public.
‘Thirty-two years of the Dangerous Dogs Act, which has focused on banning specific types, has coincided with a troubling increase in dog bites and fatalities which shows that this approach simply isn’t working.
‘Sadly, the increased popularity of American XL bullies has made them valuable commodities, resulting in irresponsible breeding, rearing and ownership, which can all contribute to an increased likelihood of aggression in dogs, regardless of breed.
‘However, the view of all leading animal charities is that the solution is not banning more types. Instead, the government needs to focus on the improvement and enforcement of current breeding and dog control regulations, and on promoting responsible dog ownership and training.’
Tracy Turner, 50, from Stoke, owns a nine-month old XL Bully called Mush. She told MailOnline: ‘There shouldn’t be a ban. It’s how you bring them up’
She bought Mush when he was just ten weeks old (left). Ms Turner said: ‘He won’t take food unless he is told. He has a brilliant temperament [and] loves his toys at the end of the day’
The dog owner added: ‘It’s how you treat them. If you show aggression they will show it back’
XL Bully owners have also slammed plans to ban the beasts. Tracy Turner, 50, from Stoke, owns a male XL Bully called Mush.
She told MailOnline: ‘I own one and it’s not going anywhere.’
Ms Turner added: ‘There shouldn’t be a ban. It’s how you bring them up.
‘I have had mine from 10 weeks old and he is now nine months old.
‘While he’s out for walks I’ve trained him to walk aside of me, to sit when told, not to jump up people as he is getting very heavy.
‘He won’t take food unless he is told. He has a brilliant temperament [and] loves his toys at the end of the day.
‘It’s how you treat them. If you show aggression they will show it back.’
The row came after Suella Braverman last night vowed to ban dangerous American XL Bully dogs.
West Midlands Police opened an investigation after the 11-year-old girl and the two men who intervened were injured in the daylight attack in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
A video circulating online which was taken from the top deck of a double-decker bus showed the rampage erupt
The Home Secretary said she had commissioned ‘urgent advice’ on outlawing the breed after the ‘appalling’ attack.
Suella Braverman and Policing Minister Chris Philp commissioned the advice on banning the breed last week, with it being the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ responsibility to add the breed to the banned list.
She said: ‘This is appalling. The American XL Bully is a clear and lethal danger to our communities, particularly to children.
‘We can’t go on like this. I have commissioned urgent advice on banning them.’
Robert Buckland, the former Justice Secretary, backed Braverman’s ban, adding that he has become ‘deeply concerned’ by the rise in bully dog attacks on people, pets and livestock.
An activists and dog breeders alike have claimed the breed are ‘very reactive’, ‘incredibly powerful’ and ‘dangerous’.
Dog breeder Stan Rawlinson, 76, said there is ‘something wrongly wired’ in XL bully dogs and told the newspaper that he ‘wouldn’t go near one’. He said they are ‘a danger to women, children and everyone else’ and can ‘open up your jugular veins almost immediately’.
Similarly, Elisa Allen, of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), said: ‘It is an undeniable fact that most serious and fatal dog attacks are by bully breeds.’
With their ‘hair-trigger response’ and ‘desire to kill’, the muscular American Bully XLs are the ‘fighters’ of choice in this disturbing underworld, with experts saying the horrific levels of savagery displayed by the dogs are ‘unnatural’ and instilled in them through violent training and years of inbreeding.
Despite being outlawed in the UK almost 200 years ago, authorities have warned dog fighting in Britain is on the rise and these type of breeds are the first choice.
The muscular American Bully XLs can display ‘unnatural’ savagery because it had been instilled in them through violent training and years of inbreeding.
Bloodshed is now spilling out onto the UK’s streets, with the animals responsible for the majority of fatal dog attacks since 2021 amid a boom in their popularity, with Bully XLs increasingly being used by celebrities as status symbols. There is no suggestion the dog in this video was anything other than a pet.
On Sunday West Midlands Police launched an investigation into what went wrong.
A force spokesman said: ‘We’re investigating after three people were bitten by a dog in Birmingham yesterday.
‘An 11-year-old girl ran past the dog as it was being walked by its owner in Bordesley Green, when she was bitten.
‘Two men intervened but were bitten and left with injuries to their shoulders and arms.
‘They were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries.
‘The dog was initially taken to a local vet to be checked over before being taken into secure kennels while the investigation continues.
‘The owner of the dog has been spoken to by officers.’
This is the latest in a series of dog attacks in the hot weather.
As the mercury has been rising, so have the reports of killer canines setting upon victims including a woman who died after being mauled by Rottweilers and a number of children who have been scarred for life.
Emma Chandley, a practising vet with Perfect Pet Insurance, said that summer highs ‘lower the thresholds for violence’ in humans and animals, warning: ‘Dogs are more likely to attack and bite in the warmer summer months. As with humans, tensions tend to rise as the temperature does.
In a previous incident teaching assistant Katie Deere, 31, was with her own dog when she was suddenly set upon by an unsupervised bully XL breed
Miss Deere had already picked up her own dog out of concern for the loose aggressor, which ran across the road and clamped its jaws on her arm
‘From my experience, dogs are more likely to bite on hotter days and days when the air pollution is higher,’ she told the Daily Express.
Last week MailOnline exclusively revealed the rise of the Franken-Bully, a ‘mutant’ breed of the American Bully XL that some experts fear are ‘too dangerous to live’.
Underground breeders are creating giant ‘mutant crossbreeds’ by mating banned pitbulls with legal mastiffs and bulldogs to evade dangerous dogs laws.
It comes amid fresh calls for XL Bullys to be banned in Britain after shocking data revealed the breed has been involved in the majority of fatal dog attacks in the UK since 2021.
Two in four deadly dog attacks in the UK in 2021 involved the XL bulldogs – rising to six in 10 in 2022, and fears there could be many more fatalities if urgent action isn’t taken to stop the rise of the generically engineered American crosses from reaching Britain’s shores.
She was rushed to hospital by ambulance, bleeding from wounds to both arms
Stitches on Miss Deere’s arm. She fears if the victim had been a child ‘they would have been killed’
The mother was due to start a new job this month but is now recuperating and making twice weekly hospital visits
Severe injuries to Ms Deere’s hand. She described the attack as ‘like an out-of-body experience’
In a previous incident teaching assistant Katie Deere, 31, was with her own dog when she was suddenly set upon by an unsupervised bully XL breed.
Miss Deere had already picked up her own dog out of concern for the loose aggressor, which ran across the road and clamped its jaws on her arm.
The quick-thinking single mother pushed the pushchair towards a passer-by who stopped to help and her own dog ran away.
But she was left at the mercy of the bully XL. Thankfully a lorry driver who witnessed the attack stopped and bravely intervened – pulling the dog off her and calling for an ambulance.
She was rushed to hospital by ambulance, bleeding from wounds to both arms.
The traumatised victim later underwent five hours of surgery on her arms, including 50 stitches and repair to a finger that was partially amputated.
She is now recovering with relatives and an aunt who has set up an online fundraising appeal said they had discovered Miss Deere is ‘not entitled to any sort of compensation or government help as the dog was uninsured and owned by a minor’.
The incident happened at 11am on August 17 in Askern, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Meanwhile, tragedy struck yesterday when a woman, 40, died after two Rottweilers savaged her legs and arms when she tried to say help to them.
Marie Stevens’ nightmare unfolded on August 18 in Netherton in Merseyside.
She was rushed to hospital after the dogs pounced and had been discharged to go back home.
But she collapsed at her Brighton-le-Sands home on Sunday and was sadly pronounced dead.
Two in four deadly dog attacks in the UK in 2021 involved XL bulldogs – rising to six in ten in 2022, including high-profile maulings that killed children Jack Lis, ten, and Bella-Rae Birch, aged 17 months.
So far in 2023, the dogs have fatally savaged two people – amid fears a third person, a four-year-old girl, could also have fallen victim.
It comes as shocking footage on social media has shown how the dogs chase down some of their victims, with one video in London capturing the moment one of the beasts tackles a screaming woman to the floor while it tears chunks of her flesh off.
Only this week it was revealed two Bully XLs were responsible for killing 22 pregnant sheep and injuring 48 others in a frenzied attack in Wales that forced a farmer to shoot both of the dogs.
Meanwhile, police forces across the UK say they are increasingly being called out to seize or destroy the animals – which shares the DNA with the banned American Pit Bull Terriers but that are not on Britain’s list of dangerous dogs.
In July, horrifying footage showed the moment two police officers in South Yorkshire were attacked by a Bully XL, with the incident leading to a warning from one of the county’s top cops, who said Britain could no longer ‘ignore the fact that the XL bully breed is disproportionately represented in the number of dog attacks’.
The situation comes as Britain is gripped by an epidemic of dogfighting, with the RSPCA saying it has attended an average of 30 incidents a month this year.
Horrifying police body-worn camera footage shows the moment two officers in South Yorkshire were attacked by an American Bully XL
The dog can be seen mauling one of the officers in the footage, released by police in July of this year
While in London, one woman was filmed being attacked by a Bully XL as she screamed and begged for help as the beast dragged her to the floor
Pictures show how Bully XLs are forced to run on make-shift treadmills amid claims some of the animals are whipped or kicked by their owners to make them more aggressive.
And there is evidence of a low-level group of wannabe dogfighters obsessed with the culture of ‘strong’ dogs.
These animals may not take part in matches, but they are trained to be aggressive, risking injury to other pets and people.
Meanwhile, pictures on social media show how other owners are ‘training’ their dogs, letting the animals dangle from ropes by their teeth to strengthen their jaws and biting power.
Other owners appear to allow their animals to sink their teeth into tree branches as they while dangling in the air.
Dr Lawrence Newport, a law and criminology lecturer at Royal Holloway University recently published a detailed report on the Bully XL, and was worried by the trend.
He told MailOnline the dog’s violent upbringing by savage owners had led to them having a ‘hair trigger response’ and a ‘desire to kill’.
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