The Isle of Wight branch of the RSPCA has released an update on Pebbles, a two-and-a-half-year-old American XL bully dog, who was at the centre of an urgent appeal over the festive period in 2023.

Pebbles had come into the care of the Island’s RSPCA after a case of neglect and abandonment and was seeking a new home.

An appeal was launched in mid-December to find Pebbles a home, ahead of the XL bully rehoming ban on New Year’s Eve 2023.

Isle of Wight County Press: Pebbles, at the Island's RSPCA branch in Godshill, before her successful rehoming appealPebbles, at the Island's RSPCA branch in Godshill, before her successful rehoming appeal (Image: IW RSPCA)

Thankfully, the appeal was a success, and the RSPCA announced that Pebbles had found a forever home just two days before the ban came into effect.

Yesterday (Wednesday, January 24), the Island branch released an update, sharing the good news that Pebbles has settled in well in her new home, exploring her new garden and testing all the perfect napping spots.

A fundraiser to help support Pebbles’ new owner with her medical needs has raised over £1,300.

If you would like to donate, visit IW RSPCA’s JustGiving page HERE.

Isle of Wight County Press: Pebbles the American XL Bully dogPebbles the American XL Bully dog (Image: IW RSPCA)

A spokesperson said: “It has been a huge team effort by so many and our local community played a big part in sharing Pebbles's story. The support has been overwhelming. Thank you!

“Not to mention, a massive thank you to Pebbles’s new owner, who has been amazing throughout the whole process, and for opening their heart and home to this lovely girl!”

IW RSPCA has also thanked the Southridge branch for its help in finding the perfect home, assisting in the adoption process and the ongoing care of Pebbles over the last month.

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.