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July 12, 2012

Honoring Lennox: Killed Despite International Campaign to Spare Pit Bull Look-Alike

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Lennox, an American bulldog-Labrador mix was killed July 11, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland by city officials after a two-year incarceration in deplorable conditions. Lennox's owners had done everything required by law to keep him as a companion to their disabled daughter. As a puppy, the Barnes family had him licensed, insured, microchipped, DNA registered, neutered, and Pet Safe registered. In spite of this, the dog was seized by the Belfast City Dog Wardens after partaking in tea with the family, chatting, and playing with their other dogs. A dressmaker's tape was used to measure Lennox's muzzle and rear legs and, based on that, they determined he may be of a pit bull type, which are illegal in the UK. They then seized Lennox, giving the Barnes nothing but a scribbled phone number and a first name for a reference.

The family was never told of his whereabouts, or his conditions, but eventually pictures emerged of him appearing in a small cell surrounded by his own excrement and sawdust bedding, which is considered harmful for dog respiratory systems. No food, water, or toys are visible either. An international campaign to save Lennox drew over 200,000 supporters including an adoption offer by celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell here in the United States where currently only certain cities (so ashamed to live in the Denver metro area right now!) have enacted breed-specific legislation.

Here is the official statement from Lennox's family from their Facebook site:

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all again for your messages of support. We are sorry to say at the present time Belfast city council seem to be intent on killing our boy. Despite previous assurances otherwise, we have been denied the opportunity to say goodbye. We have also been told that we cannot collect his body and bring Len home. We have been informed however that we will receive "some" ashes in the mail."

A Call to Action

I hope you are as outraged as I am! Anger can make us strong. It can be channeled to promote much-needed change! I'm not promoting violence, as some Belfast officials have received threats and vandalism during this campaign. Educate yourself and others so you may speak intelligently about Breed Specific Legislation. Thousands of dogs have lost their lives just for looking like a particular breed that happens to be the maligned dog of the day.

I leave you with my friend Kenn Bell's video from The Dog Files. He gives permission to all to share it.

Kenn is currently working on a full-length feature on this topic. Visit The Dog Files  and their blog to sponsor this VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT! We won't let Lennox's death be in vain!

Cindy Ludwig on July 12 at 8:32 AM said:

Excellent, Mary, and excellent video - thanks!
Mary on July 12 at 9:29 AM said:

Wow! Is that a wolf on your profile photo? Kenn Bell also has a video on the Dog Files about wolves. I haven't seen that one yet, but you might want to check that out too. Everything he does is excellent.
Laura on July 12 at 12:29 PM said:

I hope the city officials from Belfast, Northern Ireland will die the same way they killed Len.
Melodie on July 12 at 12:59 PM said:

I'm sadden to hear our pleas didn't work on deaf ears. I guess we are now living with Hitler like rules for dogs. Should all our beloved dogs all look the same and act the same?
Mary on July 12 at 2:31 PM said:

See leaked footage of Lennox's aggression testing. This proves he was innocent!
Nancy on April 13 at 6:56 AM said:

Very well done film short. As the guardian of a rescued pit bull, who is now my assistance dog, I totally agree with the people in the film. As a society, why do we tolerate the mass hysteria and the killing of these wonderful dogs? Why do we allow these ignorant people, that enact BSL, to remain in office? They should be immediately thrown out of office, on their ears. Finally, why do we allow the police, dog catchers, prosecutors and judges, to wrongly go after the dog and not those that have caused such misery, for so many dogs? We must educate the public and make our voices heard at the ballot box.

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