XL Bully ‘campaigner’ is attacked by one of the dogs he is trying to save after ‘vicious owner set the animal on him when he asked him to put it on a lead’
- EXCLUSIVE: Ben Cźyżyk, 38, was set upon after the dog’s owner ordered attack
An XL Bully ‘campaigner’ who stood up for them and urged people to stop ‘blaming the wrong end of the leash’ has been mauled by one of the dogs after its owner set it on him
Married father-of-three Ben Cźyżyk, 38, from Wolverhampton, had puncture wounds and deep bruising after the brutal attack on Friday night.
His nightmare unfolded in the Tettenhall area of the city when he saw the XL Bully off its lead just after 10pm.
When he asked the owner to bring the animal under control he set the muscular mutt onto him and also attacked him himself.
It came just nine days after Mr Czyzyk, who is a dog owner but not of an XL Bully, put a social media post up with a picture of one of the dogs saying: ‘Any breed can be taught to be aggressive. It’s time we quit blaming the wrong end of the leash.’
Police were this afternoon still hunting the owner and the dog after they fled from the scene when officers arrived. Mr Cryzyk had 12 fractures in one eye socket from the attack.
Ben Cźyżyk, 38, was set upon after the dog’s owner ordered that it attack him on Friday night
Mr Czyzyk showed pictures of his wounds after the dog attack on Friday in Wolverhampton
Mr Czyzyk said today: ‘I was out and about enjoying my evening when I came across a very vicious dog owner.
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‘When asked to put his dog on a lead he proceeded to tell his dog to attack which he also did.
‘I think I got a couple of defensive shots in but I was no match for a XL Bully and his vicious owner.
‘Thank you to all the hospital staff who helped me.’
Mr Czyzk had been walking with family when he had seen the dog looking out of control near the School Road part of Tettenhall.
When he made the reasonable request to the owner the animal was set onto him and started sinking his teeth into his ankles.
The violence saw him dragged to the floor, when the owner then started kicking him in the face and head.
A relative told MailOnline: ‘We were so shaken by what happened.
‘The dog attacked his ankles and then the owner battered him on the ground.
American XL Bully dogs will be banned in the UK by the end of the year. This is a stock picture
Mr Czyzk had heavy bruising on his ear too and showed off a bite mark inflicted on his hand
Mr Czyzyk had posted this meme supporting the dogs just days before the nightmare unfolded
‘The police did turn up and took details but the owner and the dog had fled the scene.
‘Ben is still recovering, so isn’t up to talking about it in full at the moment.
‘We still don’t think they should be banned, they need to be registered and looked after properly.
‘These dogs shouldn’t be used as weapons and that’s what this user was using his as – a weapon.’
West Midlands Police has been approached for comment.
Details of the attack come just a day after hundreds of XL Bully owners massed in London yesterday to protest at Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s plans to ban the breed.
The dogs have become public enemy number one after a series of attacks in recent months.
People take part in a protest in central London, against the Government’s decision to add XL bully dogs to the list of prohibited breed
One of the placards read ‘Don’t bully our bullies’ while another declared ‘stop bullying our best friends’
The breed is set to be banned by the end of the year following a series of attacks, including that of father-of-two Ian Price from Staffordshire, who was killed by two XL Bullies after they jumped out of a neighbour’s window earlier this month.
Owners are in a panic and abandoning their pets, or begging vets to change official records to say ‘Staffies’ because they’re worried their dogs will be put down.
Most say their dogs are completely safe and insist it is the minority of the animals which are actually dangerous.
But while the owners were out in force in London they did not have any of their pets with them.
Before the event, the message went out: ‘Please do not take your dogs to protest.
An extremely provocative t-shirt featured a photoshopped picture of the Prime Minister
Many of the protesters were wearing branded clothing and the placards looked professional
‘The police will antagonise and seize your dog.’
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They are understood to have taken the decision due to the mix of fears the dogs could be taken and an obvious PR disaster possibility if one became aggressive.
Many of the protesters held banners aloft as they marched on Parliament to promote their cause.
One of the placards read ‘Don’t bully our bullies’ while another declared ‘stop bullying our best friends’.
An extremely provocative t-shirt featured a photoshopped picture of the Prime Minister.
The image showed Rishi Sunak in a dog muzzle with the slogan ‘Muzzle Rishi, don’t bully our breed’.
Michelle West, of Northfleet had made placards for the rally outside Westminster showing her dog Ossie with seven-year-old daughter Elizabeth.
She told Kent Online: ‘People need to take responsibility for their dog. They are blaming the wrong end of the lead.
‘I’ve never known a dog so affectionate and soppy.
These dog lovers blamed bad owners rather than the animals for the series of scandals recently
This dog owner said the animals were not responsible and said it was the owners’ faults
‘He just wants to be near you all the time and loves being cuddled and squeezed.’
What is an XL bully dog? Experts to meet to try to define the breed
Mr Sunak has said he has ordered ministers to convene a panel of experts, including the police, to define the breed so it can then be outlawed.
‘The American XL Bully dog is a danger to our communities, particularly our children,’ he said.
‘I share the nation’s horror at the recent videos we’ve all seen. We saw another suspected XL Bully dog attack, which has tragically led to a fatality.
‘It’s clear this is not about a handful of badly trained dogs: it’s a pattern of behaviour and it cannot go on.
‘While owners already have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, I want to reassure people that we are urgently working on ways to stop these attacks and protect the public.
She proudly held the sign aloft next to others wearing T-shirts which read ‘save our babies’
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‘I have tasked ministers to bring together police and experts to firstly define the breed of dog behind these attacks with a view to then outlawing it.
‘It is not currently a breed defined in law so this vital first step must happen fast.
‘We will then ban the breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act and new laws will be in place by the end of the year.’
In the last week, West Midlands county has seen two horrific attacks by thought-to-be XL Bullys.
Mohammed Sami Raza was left covered in blood with horrendous injuries to his arms and legs after the mutt pounced on him in Bentley Drive, Walsall.
In another attack on Monday, two rottweilers charged into a family home and killed two beloved cats – leaving the occupant and her children screaming for help.
Chilling doorbell footage showed the family happily greet their beloved pets from the car in Solihull. Moments later the two big dogs ran into the driveway and into the house, before wrecking the kitchen and killing both cats.
Any ban will include an amnesty for existing owners as long as their pets are registered, neutered and muzzled when in public.
Government officials stressed by requiring all owners to get their bully dogs neutered, the breed would simply die out. There are currently no plans for a cull.
American bullies are a relatively new breed, having originated in the 1980s. They are mixed breed bulldogs, typically American pitbull terriers crossed with American, English and Olde English bulldogs.
Though the bully XL is the most common, the dogs can also be bred with mastiffs and other larger dogs to make them bigger, XXL or even XXXL.
Despite their relative popularity in the UK, they are not officially registered as a breed by the UK Kennel Club, making it difficult to know exactly how many are in the country.
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