We will always love andImage remember you,Lennox!

The Labrador cross American Bulldog that has been living with the Barnes family for the last 7-years and has never been violent was euthanized today.  The City of Belfast in Northern Ireland seized the “pit-bull like” dog in 2010 and sentenced him to death under the “Dangerous Dogs Act.”

Victoria Stilwell, who hosts the Animal Planet dog-training program “It’s Me Or the Dog,” said she felt crushed that Belfast officials hadn’t permitted Lennox’s resettlement in a U.S. sanctuary for pit bulls.

“I hoped Belfast City Council would realize that there were alternatives that provided a sanctuary for Lennox in the USA where he would be safe, but they did not listen,” she said.

“I now publicly give you my word that if you remand custody of Lennox to me and allow me to take him to a safe place in the U.S., I will not disparage the BCC, the Belfast court system, or those involved with this case in any way moving forward. Indeed, I will publicly recognize the courage that it will take to rise above the divisive voices clamoring on both sides of this issue, follow the law, and yet also show some humanity and allow this dog to live out his final years in peace in the US…”  Quote from The Inquisitr

‘Dog wardens deemed the pit bull-type dog to be a public danger and seized him from his owners in April 2010. Lennox spent two years in a municipal dog pound while his owners and city authorities battled in the courts’ Associated Press

He was put to sleep for looking like a pit.

The  Barnes family writes:

“If the offer is turned down we will fight for our right to say goodbye. We cannot bear the thought that Lennox will die without being reminded of the hearts and hands that love him.” Inquisitr.

Did they get a chance to say a final goodbye to Lennox? Apparently not! Read Facebook page. How heartbreaking!

Lennox’s owners argued he was not only not dangerous—he was not even a pit bull. In court, Lennox’s owner Caroline Barnes said the dog had never bitten anyone, but that she would muzzle him around strangers.


Should Dog Breed discrimination  be allowed ?

Claudia Bensimoun

© Copyright 2012

  1 comment for “FINAL GOODBYE TO LENNOX!

  1. July 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Horrible and heartbreaking! The ignorance and cruelty here is rediculous. I don’t know what I would have done if Lennox were my dog, but I think my husband would be in jail.

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