The international demand to get Lennox released by public appeal has entered a new phase with a call for boycotting the ceremony of the Olympic Torch scheduled to be carried through Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the dog has been held captive for death row for more than 600 days.
The petition, which is titled Free Lennox – No Olympic Torch for Belfast, points out the fact that Lennox has committed no crime, but has been incarcerated only because of his physical appearance and what he “might” do.
Lennox was ripped from his home in May 2010 by the Belfast City Council and tried for being a possibly dangerous dog – though he had no history of aggression. Appeals from his family have been denied, and the case is now attracting international attention, with large numbers of supporters from around the world demanding that he be released to his family, who, according to some reports, was intimidated by the council into surrendering the dog to the authorities.
The Olympic Flame is currently scheduled to pass through Belfast on June 6 this year. Supporters of Lennox are asking the Olympic Committee not to allow the flame to pass through Belfast unless the city releases the captive dog and return him to his owner family.