An XL bully dog is looking for a new home after being taken into care by Islay Dog Rescue.

Islay Dog Rescue do amazing work to care for animals that come from across Europe to the centre near Cumnock.

The centre said 18-month-old Zuri came into their care after finding herself homeless following the implementation of UK legislation banning XL bully dogs without a licence.

The Islay team are now hoping to find Zuri a new home before Scotland brings in a similar law.

The Scottish Government has accepted there has been an influx of XL bullies to Scotland since the UK Government banned the breeding, selling or abandonment of the dogs in England on December 31.

Cumnock Chronicle: Zuri is looking for anew home.Zuri is looking for anew home. (Image: Islay Dog Rescue)

Additional measures will make it a criminal offence to own an XL bully without a certificate in England and Wales from Thursday, February 1.

First Minister Humza Yousaf announced that Scotland will adopt similar dog control legislation to England and Wales to enhance public safety.

For Zuri, the Islay team say that she has been spayed and fully assessed by behaviour experts.

Despite best efforts, the centre says that there has been little interest in adopting the dog.

A spokesperson said: "Luckily for her [Zuri], she found herself at Battersea Cat and Dog Home in London where she was spayed and fully assessed by their behavioural experts. She sailed through her assessment.

"Sadly she has had little interest from potential adopters. She is affectionate, house trained, walks well in the lead, very clever and keen to learn.

"If adopted, she would need to wear a muzzle in public places, be kept on the lead in public places and be granted an exemption certificate - that's not difficult."

They added: "If not adopted by the time the ban is implemented in Scotland, then we have severe concerns.

"We would invite adoption enquiries from households where any children are 14 years and above. Please do not apply if you have younger children. Zuri has shown absolutely no anti-children signs but we need to be careful for Zuri."

If you would consider adoption, call Lorraine on 07876 561545.