ned dog owner whose two XL Bullies savagely mauled a woman walking her puppy has been jailed for 18 months.

Rachael Millard, 35, was on a walk with her two dogs in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, when the ‘aggressive’ Bullies charged out of an open door towards her.

She dived on her puppy to protect it when the two animals sank their teeth into her, leaving her with multiple puncture wounds.

Marcus Walsh, 41, was banned from owning dogs at the time when the two beasts carried out the attack, a court heard.

Walsh, of Penydarren, pleaded guilty to owning a dog dangerously out of control and causing injury and received an 18-month sentence.

It comes amid a string of high-publicity attacks on people and animals by XL Bullies, often leading to life-changing or fatal injuries. Eight people have died after being mauled by dogs so far this year.

Rishi Sunak has since announced plans to ban the XL Bully breed by the end of 2023.