Isle of Wight dog Pebbles is still searching for a home, with the RSPCA team working tirelessly to alter her criteria and expand her opportunities.

With a ban on rehoming American XL Bullies on the horizon, Pebbles is in desperate need of her forever home.

The wonderful pooch, who was neglected and abandoned, loves being fussed over and craves companionship, and the team can now consider applications from the mainland.

“We hoped we would have better news at this stage,” said a spokesperson for RSPCA Isle of Wight.

“We have had an abundance of people enquiring, but unfortunately all suitable applicants have changed their minds.

“There have been a lot of calls and emails from people with animals already in the home.

Isle of Wight County Press:

“Pebbles is not at the stage where she could live with another animal, and the CCAB behaviourists agree with this.

“Please refrain from contacting our team if your home environment is not suitable.

“It has been approved that Pebbles can now go to a solo, strong, confident handler, and live in a home with a 16-year-old.

“We're also able to consider applications across the mainland.”

For more information, visit Pebble's page on the RSPCA Isle of Wight website.

Following a rise in attacks and fatalities involving XL Bully dogs, the government has added this breed to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

To help current owners adapt to the new laws, these changes will come into force in two stages.

From December 31, it will be against the law to:

  • Sell an XL Bully dog
  • Abandon an XL Bully dog or let it stray
  • Give away an XL Bully dog
  • Breed from an XL Bully dog
  • Have an XL Bully in public without a lead and muzzle

From February 1, 2024, it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully dog in England and Wales unless your dog has a Certificate of Exemption.