Official Statement From Lennox’s Family.
Reading their official statement breaks my heart, I am sad that nothing could be done to convince the legal system to let Lennox be free with his family and even sadder that they may not have the opportunity to say goodbye.
The last of the ten commandments resonates strongly with me at this point and I think Lennox, after 2 years of captivity, deserves one final act of love and kindness, to be let go with his family by his side.
Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. Remember that I love you.
Yesterday the family of Lennox went back to court to continue their fight to have their American Bulldog cross, Lennox, returned to them. Lennox has been in captivity for 2 years with the Belfast City Council, if you have not heard of his plight please check out their website: The Lennox Campaign or their facebook page: Save Lennox. The result of this latest appeal is yet to be known, the judge will review all the material presented and review the case with the final decision being made in a couple of weeks. I really hope that this time the judge will see sense and take the expert opinions of reputable dog behaviourists and trainers into account and return Lennox to his family, anything else is just not acceptable.
For updates to the Lennox Campaign please check out the News section of the Save Lennox website, you will also find information about the ‘Each One, Reach One Event‘ which aimed at increasing awareness of the situation and the informing others about the problems associated with the implementation of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL).
The story of Lennox and his continuing fight for survival went global long ago thanks to social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs but recently an article appeared in the Huffington Post which is one of the largest providers of news online. The article: An Outrage in Belfast: The Sad Case of Lennox, the Dog is well written and ‘liked’ by over 4000 readers, with any luck the profile of this case became higher and if not, hopefully it means that more people understand how wrong BSL is and how anyone’s dog could be at risk.
In Australia, the ownership of Staffordshire Bull Terriers (pure breeds and cross breeds) is extremely high because they are thought to be a good family dog however some consider them to be unpredictable killing machines and that they should be euthanised, desexed and eventually cease to exist. BSL implementation by councils and state governments has been on the increase as a result of several dog attacks over the last few years but thankfully the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is not (yet) on the list of banned dangerous breeds, the possibility that it could be worries me greatly. The possibility that anyone could come along and take my dog, a member of my family, and put him to sleep without reason is abhorrent, cruel and unjust to me and it is why I will continue to support the Save Lennox campaign and others like it.
For those of you following the fate of Lennox the American Bulldog Labrador cross in the UK, I found the latest update on the Save Lennox facebook page. I’m sad to say that the poor boy is still stuck in the pound courtesy of the Belfast City Council, locked away from his family for 2 years and they have no idea what condition he is in or how he is coping with the ongoing containment.
If you love dogs and believe that BSL is an abomination please check out the ‘Save Lennox‘ website and show your support, you can also follow campaign updates on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/savelennox or Facebook: The Lennox Campaign.
LATEST NEWS – as reported on the Save Lennox Facebook page
Although Friday 20th was not an appeal hearing as some had wrongly reported it was however the day on which Northern Ireland courts set aside a small amount of time for May 24th so that the Lennox case can be again stated before court. On May 24th both legal teams are scheduled to put forward their evidence in a brief hearing to allow the Northern Ireland courts service to make a decision whether Lennox’s case should be allowed to further progress. Any further updates will be available in the coming weeks from the official Save Lennox Campaign website.
Headline under Latest News: New Lennox Appeal Submitted After Judge Rodgers Rules In Favour Of Innocent Lennox’s Death. On January 13th the judge updated his verdict and upheld the original (and dubious) ruling that innocent family pet Lennox must be put to death due to how he looks. Shamefully, the family were not made aware of the decision until it appeared in a local newspaper.
It all seems rather dodgy and unethical to me. Even if you think this is a big fuss about ‘just a dog’, you have to admit that there is something seriously wrong with the legal process in this case.
Have your say about Lennox and sign the petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/sl190510/petition.html
Today the final decision regarding Lennox and his status as a dangerous dog will be made today, should the Judge decide to ignore the facts presented Lennox will be euthanised. The official facebook page and website dedicated to saving Lennox is not available so many people (including me) have to rely on savelennox on twitter and trawling google, the majority of us want to see Lennox go home. One of the most recent news articles that I have been able to find is on the IrishCentral website, but the information is not new it mainly restates what the case is about and that the decision will be made today. There are reports that Lennox is injured and that the injuries are going without treatment, what that dog has had to go through since he was taken from his family is disgusting, I can only hope that the reports are incorrect.
Watch the following video clip if you’re interested in the story of Lennox, share it with all your dog loving friends and please keep your fingers crossed that Lennox will see his family again.
Save Lennox by Kidwell Productions
November 12 UPDATE: Lennox (savelennox) on Twitter has been updated today and apparently there was never going to be a court hearing on November 11, the judge has 3 months to deliberate over the last submission. They are thanking everyone for their continued support and will let us all know when a court date has been decided.