Lennox as a pup
Belfast City Council have confirmed that Lennox has been killed. They issued the following press statement:
"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. Whilst there is an exemption scheme to which dogs of this type (pit-bull terrier type) may be admitted as an alternative to destruction, 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 have been subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse including threats of violence and death threats. The Council has been in ongoing contact with the PSNI in relation to that. The Council regrets that the court action was necessary but would emphasise that the safety of the public remains its key priority."
All at Big Walkies are so sad for Lennox and his family.
Lennox was a love-able 7 year old family member. He's an American Bull dog Labrador cross that the family owned since he was a little pup. As responsible dog owners that also foster for numerous Northern Ireland dog shelters his family had Lennox as a young pup Micro chipped, Neutered, DNA Registered, Pet Safe Registered, Insured and Licensed every year with the Council without fail.
On Wednesday the 19th May 2010 he was taken from his family home by Belfast City Council as they believed he fell under the dangerous dogs act for Northern Ireland. The Council, without seeking any proper professional guidance declared Lennox to be a breed of "Pit Bull Type" and so they wish to kill him simply because he has the appearance of said breed.
The Belfast City Council took Lennox from his loving family home using a wrongly addressed warrant and using copyright ADBA (American Dog Breeders Association) breed standards guide which the Council were never authorised to use, in doing so the Council broke international copyright laws and for doing so have been issued with a 'Cease & Desist' order from ADBA Inc.
Lennox had NEVER attacked anyone or anything yet the Council removed him from his home where he lived with his human family, his kennel mates and various foster dogs.
Belfast City Council are pressured Lennox's family to sign him over to them to be destroyed however they felt the need to fight his case, he cannot speak but they wanted to be his voice!
If this was a human we would have declare this racism. This may be a strangers dog today, but it could be your best friend tomorrow!
For more information on his case, please click here (please note that the website is currently experiencing a HIGH volume of visitors)
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