New graffiti art urges passing Hull drivers to ‘save’ XL bullies

Street art showing support for XL bully dogs has popped up in Bankside.

The mural of a dog shedding a tear is captioned “save our bullies”. It has been painted at the outdoor Bankside Gallery – an area given over to graffiti art.

Created by street artists Posto and Shave, the work was completed yesterday (Sunday). The artists are now hoping pet owners will take their dogs along to show support.


Neil Deanes, aka Posto, has been creating street art for 20 years.. He said: “As a dog-lover myself, I just wanted to spread the word that it’s not the dog, it’s the owner that raises the dog the way the dog acts. I was approached by a lot of bully owners to paint a message.”

Legal restrictions on the XL bully breed came into forced in December last year. It is now illegal to breed, sell, advertise, gift, exchange and abandon the dogs, or to let them stray.

The XL bully mural at the Bankside street gallery, off Clough Road in Hull.
The XL bully mural at the Bankside street gallery, off Clough Road in Hull.

The dogs must be kept on a lead and muzzled when in public, and owners must register their dog by February 1 to avoid committing a criminal offence. The change in the law followed what the Government has described as “a concerning rise in attacks from these dangerous dogs”.

A number of attacks have made national headlines in recent months, including the death of a 10-year-old boy in South Wales, and the death of a 52-year-old man from Staffordshire. Supporters of the breed have blamed the problems on bad owners.

Dog trainer Scott Godman, who is based in Chanterlands Avenue, is among experts who have sought to offer advice to bully owners. After an event last year, he said: “I gave advice on how to muzzle their dogs so they know what to do under the new laws coming in, so they can keep their pets. I also gave advice on how to look after their dogs so they can stay out of trouble.

“The owners absolutely loved the session and many want to do more training, It was also important for them to realise they are not alone. I will certainly look to do more events like this in the future.”

Posto’s forthcoming work is set to include a mural in Hessle marking the 50th anniversary of the sinking of The Gaul. All 36 of the crew of the ship were lost when it sank in the Barents Sea, north of Norway, on the night of February 8-9 1974.

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