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.