I just have to express how upset I am, along with so many other people, to hear about the death yesterday of Lennox, the Belfast dog ( the official version, at least, is that he was put to sleep at 7 am 11 July, GMT, but many suspect that he actually died in the kennel some time before, and that this has been a massive cover-up). For those of you who do not know his story (I imagine that there must be some), Lennox was a 7 year-old pit-bull type cross-breed who was seized by a dog warden from his family home in Northern Ireland around 2 years ago, for allegedly being a “dangerous” dog and a banned breed, and ordered to be destroyed. Despite the fact that he had never attacked anyone – he was a beloved family pet, the close companion of a little disabled girl. The owner then started legal action to try to save his life, launching a worldwide campaign, which went on for 2 years.
For all of that time Lennox was kept in unsanitary and inhumane conditions, whilst the fight went on to save him. Along with a lot of other people I signed petitions, joined internet groups and emailed the relevant decision-makers, to give whatever support I could to the cause, in the hope it would make a difference. Sadly we could not save Lennox, but we are now doing our damnedest to save future dogs....
Belfast City Council, who imprisoned this harmless dog and ordered his death, have behaved in such a heartless and bloody-minded way, that they have now brought a huge storm upon themselves. They claimed that they had to apply the law, as he was a banned breed, and therefore he had to be euthanized: it was so completely cruel and unnecessary though, he could just have been rehomed. He had never hurt anyone, after all. The dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell offered to rehome him in America, where his breed is not illegal (and there is some doubt if he was even a “banned” breed, in any case). But it seems the jobsworths at the Council were determined to have their power trip! That seemed more important to them than the life of an innocent dog, or the devastating effect it has had on his owners, who were not even allowed to see him to say good-bye. How callous is that? The way they have treated the family is one of the factors which make people suspect there has been a conspiracy and a cover-up here, that maybe Lennox died in the kennel, as a result of stress or inhumane, neglectful treatment. It seems highly likely that the announcement that he was euthanized yesterday morning is actually a lie.
I and many of my acquaintance are wholeheartedly supporting the End BSL (Breed-Specific Legislation) campaign here in Britain, a cause of some years duration which has now gathered a huge amount of momentum. This cruel and inhumane law should be scrapped as quickly as possible, to prevent more innocent lives being take and more misery caused to dog-owners. We are asking for new legislation, Lennox's Law, so please help to support this. Here is one of the current online petitions, below:
So sorry we couldn’t save you Lennox, we all did our best. Rest In Peace.
Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)