Help Save Lennox
Belfast City Council confirmed today that the dog Lennox, an illegal pit-bull terrier type, has been humanely put to sleep. This was in accordance with the Order of the County Court which was affirmed by the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.
While there is an exemption scheme to which dogs of this type (pit-bull terrier type) may be admitted as an alternative to destruction, the BCC said there were no such measures that could be applied in this case that would address the concerns relating to public safety. The Council`s expert described the dog as one of the most unpredictable and dangerous dogs he had come across.
Over the past two years, Council officials say they have been subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse including threats of violence and death threats.
The Council said it regretted that the court action was necessary but emphasized that the safety of the public remains its key priority. (Source)
Tonight as the weekend winds down, the fate of a dog in Belfast, Northern Ireland hangs in balance. He is scheduled to be Euthanized tomorrow or Tuesday, July 9th or 10th, for the simple crime of looking like a pitbull which are banned in Belfast. Most of you already know the story of Lennox since this has been so on going. He was seized more than two years ago by Belfast dog wardens who deemed he must die under the Dangerous Dog Act because of how he looks. There had been no charges of wrongdoing by the dog, a docile, a loved family pet. He has since been held by the Belfast City Council in captivity and seclusion without even a bed to lie on, denied any visitation by his family. He has been fed and given water, but the stress has taken it's toll on him and he is showing the wear and tear of this cruel confinement.
Appeals have been made by his family over the course of the 2 years and each time have been struck down in court. Lennox has committed no crime, has never even bitten anyone. Another similar case there of a dog named Paul was granted a reprieve to be sent to Southern Ireland which does not have this BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and that dog had even bitten another dog. But Lennox has not been allowed to leave despite requests from some in America to take him there. Now as his death sentence looms near, his family has not even been granted the chance to see him one more time.
A protest was held in Belfast yesterday for his release. People in New York City are holding a protest on Monday, July 9th in front of the British Consulate since N. Ireland is a part of the UK. Over 127,000 people have signed an online petition and many calls were made and emails have been sent all protesting this case. Celebrities in the UK have also made appeals for the release of Lennox. Yet Belfast refuses to listen and a sad and lonely dog sits alone in a isolated cell and does not understand any of this. He only knows that he misses his family terribly. Dogs are highly social creatures. This kind of treatment would not even be allowed for human prisoners - it is cruel and inhumane. It only shows the dangers of BSL legislation based on the looks of a dog - in this case an extreme version of it.
More about the Lennox case ~
© By June Maxam
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND—When rationale, common sense, and compassion and efforts of reasonableness have thus far failed in negotiations and pleas to Belfast officials to save the life of a dog named Lennox, its time to hit Belfast in the spot that matters the most to them all—their pockets. The world’s eyes and their outrage are focused on Belfast and their officials.
And those people have money, they are the consumers. The Lennox case has become a right to life template in Belfast.
More than 170, 000 people worldwide, a grassroots movement involving those who called themselves the Lennox Liberation Army, have signed a petition, pleading with the Belfast government to give Lennox his freedom. Thousands more have more recently joined the fight with Lennox supporters now estimated to total more than a quarter of a million people, all of whose spending habits impact the economy.
They vow to continue their fight for his freedom, organizing and engaging in peaceful protests and demonstrations in Belfast and indeed, around the world. The world is pleading with Belfast to allow Lennox to live, a dog who is guilty of absolutely no wrongdoing, to have mercy and grant his release, if not to his family, then to well known British-American dog trainer Victoria Stilwell or another dog trainer in the U.S. who has offered to provide the dog refuge and care.
Efforts have been stepped up to boycott Belfast and a letter writing campaign is underway to the merchants and businesses of Belfast, encouraging them to contact their members of Parliament to seek clemency for Lennox or else have their own livelihoods detrimentally impacted. Hundreds if not thousands of commenters in the social media and in comment sections of online publications have vowed to never step foot in Belfast or buy any products manufactured or imported by Northern Ireland.
Belfast is in the contempt of the world because of how they treat animals and specifically, a beloved family pet named Lennox who they’ve held captive on death row for more than two years and now intend to euthanize him on Monday or Tuesday.
An intense letter writing blitz directed at impacting the tourism and financial environment of Belfast is underway. Belfast businesses are being contacted by thousands of people worldwide, not just Belfast, with a message that in essence says that since hearing that the dog Lennox may be put to sleep, they will not be vacationing in Belfast or spending any money with Belfast businesses. Should the city of Belfast let the dog go, then these people exclude Belfast in any vacation plans. While it is a respectful letter writing campaign, it is hoped it will pressure Belfast businesses to contact their officials in support of saving Lennox, a dog who has been sentenced to die by lethal injection next week simply because he looks like a pit bull.
Seized more than two years ago by Belfast dog wardens who said he must die under the Dangerous Dog Act because of how he looks. There had been no charges of wrongdoing by the dog, a docile, family pet. He has since been held by the Belfast government in captivity and seclusion, denied any visitation by his family. There is evidence that the dog has been mistreated and denied medical treatment by the government. The family’s request for their own vet to visit the dog was also denied.
In that the family has now abandoned all further legal proceedings after losing their appeal before the Court of Appeals on June 12, the dog is scheduled to die on July 9 or 10. It has been reported that the family’s request to see their dog one last time has been denied. It’s also been reported that their request for his body has been denied. There is growing concern that the Belfast government may have already euthanized Lennox.
Link for the New York Protest on Monday, July 9th - https://www.facebook.com/events/386467824745824/
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