Lennox the Dog ‘Humanely Put to Sleep’

Belfast City Council confirmed today that Lennox has been put to sleep.

July 11, 2012

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.

While there is an exemption scheme to which dogs of this type (pit-bull terrier type) may be admitted as an alternative to destruction, the BCC said 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 say they have been subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse including threats of violence and death threats.

The Council said it regretted that the court action was necessary but emphasized that the safety of the public remains its key priority.

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In what may be a sad final update, a Belfast court has ordered that Lennox be put to death. According to breaking news from the BBC:

Northern Ireland’s most senior judges rejected Caroline Barnes’ legal bid to overturn an order for the destruction of her pet, Lennox. The dog was seized by Belfast City Council dog wardens in May 2010. He was assessed to be a danger to the public and subsequently ordered to be put down.

The decision that Lennox should be put down came after amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act were extended to Northern Ireland in 2011.

However on Tuesday, the Appeal Court judges dismissed Ms Barnes’ application.

“The judge had heard evidence on the issues relating to this dog over a protracted two-day hearing, carefully considered the evidence and the issues and he reached conclusions of fact which have not been vitiated by any error of law on his part,” Lord Justice Girvan said.

After months of hard work on the part of animal advocates across the globe, a judge has sided with the Belfast City Council’s assertion that Lennox should be put to death because he resembles a pit bull. (Note: this above was written in March of last year: sadly, it applies to today’s decision as well.)
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UPDATE (9-30-11): Victoria Stilwell said it best on her Facebook page today: “Shame on Belfast CC and shame on those lawmakers who support BSL. This has been and continues to be a canine witch hunt. Shame also on Peter Tallack, their so called expert who through his testimony demonstrated such a gross misunderstanding of dog behavior.”

The BSL fueled persecution of Lennox continues unabated despite widespread calls for a dismissal of the dangerous dog label. The Belfast City Council has ignored the public’s pleas to free Lennox, and a petition with over 100,000 signatures went unnoticed by officials in the case. County Court Judge Derek Rodgers upheld the original decision to execute Lennox, saying that he was a danger to those he came in contact with. Why? Because he happens to look like a pit bull.

This comes as a major blow to Lennox, his family and their supporters. When we asked you to get involved in March, time was on our side. Today, that is not the case. Depending on who you ask, Lennox has 2-3 weeks left before he is put to death. According to the BBC, “Belfast City Council have advised the dog’s supporters they have 21 days to lodge another appeal, if there is a point of law to do so.”

With that in mind, it’s only natural to ask what can be done. Start by sharing. A solid dose of public dissent is never harmful, and the greater hope is that someone with a solid understanding of British law will read about the case and find a loophole, or propose a new appeal that will stick. Sadly, it’s our last hope – and Lennox’s, for that matter.

Please share his tale of blatant persecution and join us in hoping that there is a legal expert out there who will find a way to save a misjudged dog before he is out of time. And should this effort fail, remember his tale of woe: there will be more BSL battles to address in the future, and the injustice suffered by Lennox and family should forever serve as an example of how not to handle similar situations.

Visit the Save Lennox fan page to offer your support. Please note that action items listed below can be disregarded: all previous efforts have fallen on deaf ears, and it’s apparent that unless a legal solution is proposed quickly, the Belfast City council will have succeeded in perpetuating one of the most egregious cases of discrimination that the dog world has known.
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In addition to the death penalty, the Belfast City Council is requesting that the dog’s family be forced to pay for the cost of his eleven month confinement in conditions described as inhumane.

Full details of his seizure and subsequent tribulations are documented below. New details are expected tomorrow, but his family has already made it abundantly clear that this is not the end of the road for their loved one, and they are already looking into the appeals process as outraged supporters continue to offer encouragement.


On the 19th May 2010, Lennox, a five year old American Bull dog Labrador cross was wrongfully seized by Belfast City Council Dog Wardens from his loving family home where he lives with his owners and his kennel mates. Lennox committed no crime nor did any member of the public complain about him. Three Belfast City Council Dog Wardens came with the PSNI to his home unannounced. The Dog Wardens then told the Police to leave as there was no need for them at the location.  The Belfast City Council Dog Wardens then had tea with his owners, smoked cigarettes, chatted, played with the other family dogs after which the Dog Wardens then measured Lennox’s muzzle and rear legs with a dress maker’s tape measure and decided on those measurements without seeking any professional advice that he was possible “Pit Bull Type Breed” and so he was led from his home to be put to death by the Council. Northern Ireland has yet to fully implement the same dog legislation as mainland UK; if Northern Ireland were to complete the dog legislation here then Lennox could now be at home with his family and they would not now be facing legal prosecution. The USPCA said the law in Northern Ireland could be changed simply and rather quickly by an order in Council.

Lennox’s family have done more than required by the law as responsible dog owners who also foster dogs for various Northern Ireland dog shelters. When Lennox was a puppy his owners had him neutered, licensed, insured, DNA registered, Pet Safe registered and micro chipped and although the Belfast City Council have issued a dog licence for Lennox for the last five years and continue to do so today, the Council now find the need to class him as a Pit Bull type dog and murder him. On the day Lennox was ripped from his family home the Belfast City Council issued his owner with a warrant of seizure which was incorrectly addressed and was for another location, furthermore the Council used the ADBA Inc (American Dog Breeders Association Incorporated) breed standards guide to help identify Lennox as possible Pit Bull type. It has now become clear that the Council used this ADBA breed standards guide illegally breaking international and Berne copyright laws as Belfast City Council have never been authorised by the ADBA to use the copyrighted breed standards guide in full or derived version. Since Lennox’s seizure the ADBA have issued the Belfast City Council with ‘Cease & Desist’ orders due to the Council’s unauthorised continued use of ADBA material.

Lennox’s owners have only been contacted once by the Belfast City Council and this was two hours after Lennox had been taken. One of the Dog Wardens who seized Lennox telephoned Lennox’s owner to say “If you do not sign him over to us to be destroyed then you will most certainly lose your job as we will force a prosecution upon you through the courts.” On many attempts the family have telephoned the Council’s Dog Control Manager but to date the Manager has never taken the families call or returned any calls. Lennox’s family have never been told where he is being kept, what condition he is in, what type of care, feeding or regular exercise he receives, if any. Lennox’s family have repeatedly requested visitation to see what condition he is in however the Dog Control Manager for Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Department has continually refused all requests through the families Solicitor. Photographs of Lennox have emerged recently and have been passed to the family which clearly show Lennox in a cold inhumane concrete kennel which is visibly too small, there are no visible signs of a constant fresh water supply, heating, toys for stimulation and the photographs show Lennox sitting upright in a box type bed surrounded by his own faeces with only saw dust for bedding which many dog experts have agreed is harmful to dogs and unsuitable for bedding, yet Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Department have stated they practice humane animal welfare as set out by the DARD (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development). After studying the Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is clear that none of Lennox’s welfare needs are being met at this undisclosed Council contracted kennel.

Local leading MP’s joined in support of Lennox stating in the Belfast Telegraph and other media they were “Appalled” by the seizure and treatment of Lennox and his family. A global campaign which boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters and petition signatures has begun in support of Lennox’s freedom. The ADBA Inc, various Animal Rights groups, Animal Welfare organisations, Veterinarians, Dog Breed and Behaviourist Experts have all gave their support for Lennox’s freedom and many supporters who are regular tourists to Northern Ireland have went further to state they will not return to Northern Ireland until Lennox is returned to his home. The most heartfelt plea of all was heard from Brooke, the owners eleven year old Daughter who is registered disabled. Lennox grew up around Brooke and the two became inseparable. Due to Brooke’s illness she is unable to play each day with other children and so found Lennox to always be there as a playmate and someone to be of comfort to her. Since her best friend was taken Brooke has missed much School due to suffering health and unneeded stress caused by missing her dog. Brooke’s specialist Doctor at Belfast Royal Hospital for Sick Children has also expressed growing concern for the child’s separation from her pet.

We ask for your help to Save Lennox, stop his incarceration and stop him from being put to death by Belfast City Council who wrongfully took him. If you have any compassion you will clearly see that far too many wrongs and errors have been made by the Council in the seizure of this much loved family pet and you will help correct a wrong. Please help this little girl become reunited with her best friend.

What You Can Do

1. This is a stumbling block, and cannot be accepted as defeat. For the sake of Lennox, please offer your support to his family and keep up with developments in his case by joining the Save Lennox Facebook fan page.

2. Let the Belfast City Council know what you think of their actions in this case. Contact them here:

– Belfast City Council –

Belfast City Council Complaints:
[email protected]

Belfast City Council Chief Executive:
[email protected]

Belfast City Council Health & Enviromental Manager:
[email protected]

Belfast City Council Dog Warden Department:
[email protected]

Belfast City Council Dog Warden Manager:
[email protected]

Belfast City Council Dog Warden:
[email protected]

Belfast City Council Dog Warden:
[email protected]

You may also be able to leave feedback on the Belfast City Council Facebook page but it would appear that they are deleting many messages left there in order to keep things tidy.

3. Tell his story. Share it with those who understand, and educate those who do not.

4. See more information and find future calls to action at http://savelennox.co.uk

Gain a greater understanding of the persecution of Lennox by watching this video.

1,095 thoughts on “Lennox the Dog ‘Humanely Put to Sleep’

    1. poor dog. he did nothing wrong to deserve this kind of treatment from people he did’nt grew up with. hes being judged just because of his UNMISTAKABLE BREED! Its like you people are judging a person by the color of the skin or rather their nationality. This is not about the a law, but about the freedom of a helpless dog who didn’t know what he had done, and her human kid who is still waiting up to now to be with him and to be together. please, JUST LET THE DOG GO! the owners of lennox are responsible people, they have took good care of him and provided all his needs. so they deserve to have lennox back. just give it a thought, that a girl’s life is at stake now just because of what you have done. you should take precautionary measures if the dog had done something wrong to harm a human or the public. consider the thought that a kid would carry on a day without his beloved dog. this is a call for all of us, its not wrong to follow rules, regulations and laws, as long as it is in the best interest of its people, not harming anyone, or rather taking someone’s life just because, IT IS YOUr LAW!!!!!!

    2. I don’t even know where to begin. This is horrible and unjust and utterly wrong. What kind of evil person/people/organization would take away a disabled child’s pet? I am so SICK and TIRED of dogs being judged solely on their appearance and/or breed. It’s about proper training of the dog and responsible pet ownership. This is so wrong wrong wrong!! I pray to God that justice wins out in this shameful situation.

    3. Actually the dog IS a pitbull breed and illegal in the UK. The owner has herself admitted this in the last couple of months in a court of law. Therefore she knew it was illegal and would have known this from the very start. Various people have tried to help and to get the dog rehomed in Southern Ireland where it would be allowed but the family have not accepted any help.

      There is a lot of shouting going on about this but many haven’t seen the full facts. We want Lennox saved aswell..but the family are the ones standing in the way.

      1. Lennox is NOT a pit bull,he is an American bulldog/lab cross. He was taken as being of pitbull type under the DDA. His owner agreed that by measurement he could be said to be of potbull type and NOT pitbull.He has never been described as a pitbull in any warrants or at any time during court proceedings.
        Before Lennox can go anywhere then the court proceedings all have to be dealt with,including the appeal. The family cannot agree to any offers of rescue for Lennox because it is not up to them,it is up to the courts.They are unable to accept help until they know they can get Lennox out. They have also not been able to say much to rescue’s or to anybody else while the legal process goes on.
        So Anne I strongly suggest that YOU find out all the facts before you begin posting innuendo and misinformation.

      2. This is so appalling I can’t even find he words. They wouldnt have even been allowed in my house and certainly would not take my dog without getting shot. And my dog IS a pit bull. But then we as citizens here in Texas know our rights,  love our animal companions and thank God we are armed!   Let Lennox go! Idiots, shat an injustice and outrage and horrible example. Who would want to live there? No one I know !

      3. well anne,

        I can understand that these ppl do not want to give up their dog.. They love lennox.. I am lucky enough to live where there is no bsl against pits or breeds that look like pitbulls. I dont know what I would do if animal control came in and took Moxie my 3 year old american pitbull. I know my 8 month old and 5 year old would be devastated.. And I too would be not wanting to quickly give up that little speck of hope that I could get my dog back for my kids. It is not just the adults in this story but a very upset little girl who loves her dog. As a parent of 2 beautiful girls I also know how hard it is to see my children upset over a companion animal…. This is just my opinion I am not trying to start a argument I just have my own little view of how I see lennox’s family desperately wanting lennox home with them only.

      4. I think you’re misinformed and just like the family you were mislead. And they were also intimidated. Do you have any idea how hard it is to fight against wrong people that have cuddled in the structure of power, thinking they are save while you knew you were right and thought that truth would finally serve you, would have been fair huh…..

    1. Nothing so far.

      Good news this morning is Victoria Stillwell through her support behind this. check her Face book page.

      Please also consider joining the Save Lennox FaceBook page… there are two but the bigger one is the “public figure” page.

      You might also consider joining the Belfaxt City Council page or at least checking out some of the discussions.

      1. I wrote an extensive letter to all the “officials” listed and have started a petition on change. org under Lennox. I don’t know if it is too late but please help me if you can. The link to sign the petition is below. I pray that somehow, someone can save this baby. GOD please hear my prayers.


        I just created a petition: Belfast City Council Complaints: [email protected]: Let Lennox go home to his family or let him come live in the United States, because I care deeply about this very important issue.

        I’m trying to collect 100 signatures, and I could really use your help.

        To read more about what I’m trying to do and to sign my petition, click here:

        It’ll just take a minute!

        Once you’re done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!


  1. What manner of goverment seizes and destroys its peoples’ property at will? What manner of people allows this?

    1. The Belfast City Council. Check out their press release:


      I had a critique of their press release on their FB discussions page but they don’t like that so they removed it.

      I’m also amazed at how they say this:

      “Campaigners also inundated the council`s social networking sites and embarked on an online hate campaign against individual members of staff. ”

      Uh. hello. You are public officials w/ a page for your city. You can be criticized for poor decisions. One council member, Mr. McNaney (rhymes w/ inaney) was upset that questions were asked about the amount of money spent on the Lennox case and the fact that public information regarding his salary and perks were posted. Tax payers pay it, they are allowed to know. Maybe he needs to get out of politics?

      1. I would also like to comment on the “hate” campaign.

        For the most part, people posted either smart, intelligent posts or just supportive posts for Lennox and his family. There were a few bad apples, as there always will be, that posted stupic things that were readily criticized by the smart Lennox supporters.
        There is one thread on the Discussions page for the BCC that says Lennox supporters are global and they are watching. The BCC interprets that statement as “intimidating”. Well, again, as public officials, people should be paying attention to their actions.

        Am I wrong?

          1. bcc will always do as they believe the people will…lol . no one member will ever grow a set of balls to stand up and actually speak and represent the truth -that these dogs r indeed gorgeous, very loving and totally trainable – as r all breeds. unfortunately no one within the bcc can step outside the box and appreciate that all dogs can be dangerous – lol… why make such a fuss about pitts????? oh, i see a trait emerging…all humans r dangerous – especially those darker coloured folks….ok – get the point????? prob no cos this would actually involve THINKING

      2. Belfast City Counsel are nothing but a pack of Nazis Dognapping, Corrupt , dealing death to the innocent ,dog hating sick bunch of Nazis! We should get a petition of impeachment to all members in this act of racist (Breed discrimination) cruelities bunch of dog poo! Sorry if im out of line here with this post but its hard not to see the similarities! I love you Lennox!

    1. Because people vote for people who can’t be trusted, have no integrity, no common sense, are incompetent, self serving, and have no qualifications to deal with Life where it matters.

  2. Signed the petition Ruby had posted. I hope that helps. Maybe I can send some emails or something when I get home from work. I hope they are able to save Lennox!

  3. this is heart breaking…. if the US groups ever felt the need to dive in and help.. now is the time to do it!!

  4. Joined the FB page… Good thing Brew isn’t over there. They’d have a bloody terrible time with a 100 lb boxer! (did I sound Brittish there? i tried)

    1. It is the duty of people who care to stand up against evil, but scattered and dispersed they don’t have much hope. Unity, solidarity, only answer.

    1. Lennox has been DNA tested and is Labrador x Am Bulldog x Staffie. Apparently DNA tests are no good for the courts but a tape measure is :'(

      1. Let’s see…I have German, Belgian and Spanish ancestors…what does that make me? Will I be presecuted for being mixed or having the wrong bloodlines? I got used to being called Nazi and Hitler kid, but then again, no one has ever threatened to kill me because of it. Are we next? And I was actually thinking about moving to Ireland!!! Guess not!

  5. Dog wardens are completely and utterly worthless. A dog warden also called my furbaby tyson a pitbull and he was american bulldog great dane mix. Tyson was shot by police on January 5th of this year. Civil suits pending on the police department!!!!!!!!! THIS INSANE BULLS*T NEEDS TO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. So sorry to hear that you lost your baby in that way! : ( The more I hear about Dog Wardens, the more I begin to believe that they have no experience with or education about animals whatsoever!

    2. Yes Pamela, bureaucratic, political insanity. An age old saga, in every country on Earth. Look for People For Justice on FB. Join the group.

    3. I am so sorry to hear about Tyson. This makes me so sad and angry. These so called dog wardens (such an appropriate name for those with no skills, animal knowledge or compassion) are out of control. It seems to me they are just power mongers pushing people around. They need to be fired and prosecuted for their behavior.

      Those of us who have strong bully breed type dogs must always live our lives looking over our shoulder worrying about the welfare of our animals. This has become a rampant situation in which idiots have managed to be placed into positions of authority that allows them to inflict their views on our lives without any due cause. How dare they dictate how the rest of us chose our animal companions! How did society allow them to manipulate and distort the law?

    4. why did he shoot him???? was he on your land? i was just wondering cause i read alot of dogs being shot by police cause they thought they were pits and respond to wrong address. sorry for your loss

  6. What is their prblem they took away this familys pet put him in a disgracefull dump of a shelte want to kill him and charge the owners for his care what kind of people are they the dog did nothing, the owners did every thing the y asked them to do and still this !:(:(:( very sad state of affairs!

  7. This is so sad and just makes my blood curl. I posted on the city’s facebook page and plan on sending email to all involved that you listed. Horrible! Thanks Life with Dogs for sharing & all your work!

  8. There is no reason for this except just nasty, cruel people who revel in being awful. It’s one of the saddest stories I’ve ever heard in my life. Can someone break the poor dog out of there and get him out of the country if there’s nothing else to be done? I have complained to the Belfast city government and posted on their facebook page but feel powerless. It’s so awful. Poor sweet baby.

  9. Such an absolutely sad and horrible story… can’t imaging having any of my pets taken away simply because of thieir pedigree… like having one of your children ripped out of your arms…

  10. I live in the U.S. and am outraged by such senseless treatment of an innocent animal owned by responsible people. Would this council pay any attention to the concerns voiced by a U.S. resident?

    1. I am so angry at these terrible people. They should all be lucky they have a job. Take away their money. Lets see how they like that. Boy Cott, Felfast City. Don’t spend a dime in that City. If you have to go somewhere else to shop, do it. Not one dime. Do not go to any events. Do not vacation there either. When they see they can’t pay their bills or eat then maybe they will get the point. You don’t kill someones dog for nothing. The Deed not the Breed. You have other options. Killing is not one of them.

      1. Um, that’s not the best recommendation I’ve heard… boycotting the city would leave hundreds of innocent business owners stranded… they’re not the ones who want to kill Lennox!! It’s the City Council screwing up here, not the whole city.

  11. This is proof why the UK needs to adopt a deed not breed solution to dangerous dogs!!! It’s disgusting what can happen just because someone who usually isn’t trained to detect certain breeds can get away with. So sad for the family

  12. Here is a tidbit of letter I wrote…I certainly hope it hits home to them… “You don’t seem to understand the ramification of you decision. By this action, you’re telling people it’s okay to judge a book by it’s cover, to kill what we fear instead of trying to understand it.

    I for one am HORRIFIED and DISGUSTED. I hope your children don’t fall in love with a dog that LOOKS like a pitbull, or you’ll have to break his or her heart and kill their best friend.”

  13. This is heartbreaking. Not much different than the Holocaust where people were put to death for no other reason than they were born into a certain race that some people deemed not worthy of living. Pit Bulls/Pit Bull crosses andother Bully breeds are being sentenced to death just because they were born Bullies. It’s just wrong.

  14. What is with all these stories of (obviously) dog hating city wardens? Why are we giving these jobs to people who have no conscience, no mercy, and no love of animals? I’m really rooting for Lennox and his family. I live in America, but I will do what I can, to support his release!

  15. Lori that was another point in my letter. Doing this is like when Hitler killed the Jewish people for being Jewish, or Whites for killing black people for being black. There’s no difference!!

  16. Unbelievable. This could happen to any breed the ‘government’ deems a danger for whatever reason. This has to stop. Dogs should be judged based on their behavior not on their breed.

  17. absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of a so called bunch of representatives of the people, Belfast Council dog warden? Perhaps they would like to be measure and put to death for not being the ‘right type’.

  18. i was literally crushed when i read this on Save Lennox fb page. His owners have done everything to save their loving family member and i bet Lennox knows that and that he is still loved not just by his family but by thousands of people all over the world which he has won over. its not over yet and there is still hope. whats funny is that Lennox has 23,000 + fb like and bcc has 3,000 more or less.

  19. Dear Mr. Adolf Hitler : I would like to apoladge I thought you died at the close of WW2.It seames as if I was incorect.Adolf you really need to stop killing just because you don’t like the way somthing looks. this is 2011 not1942. I really don’t understand why you want to kill somthing just because it lookes like somthing else.I mean come on Sir .With all do respect you look like a walking talking scabed over pennis.and I’ve heard of anyone wanting to dispose of you .I mean come on admit to it you really do have a face that if you had a moma she could be the only person that could love it.Not like it!!! Shame on you ‘ Adolf Hitler, Belfast dog warden’.bet you feel like a big man taking a childs pet so you can kill it. Well, you have a nice night butt wipe.

  20. Lennox had done nothing wrong….This was purely because he was born PART pitbull??? What about the OTHER part???? Are you going to start euthanizing dogs who are part something else???? Where does this end? I can see animal control stepping in when a dog causes some sort of harm, but what the heck are you ignorant prejudiced big headed people THINKING???

  21. This story makes me sick to my stomach. BSL is so senseless and wrong. How can we call ourselves “humane” when we kill animals because they lost the genetic lottery and were born looking a certain way? Dogs – ALL dogs, like people, should be judged on their actions, not on their appearance

  22. First your dog, then your child? Mixed breed dogs are shot or euthanized because they “look” like a certain breed. Will mixed blood children be next because they “look” a certain way??? Have we learned NOTHING in the past 900 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  23. As it appears that the entire group, City council, Dog wardens and Judge are in cahoots, why not also find out if they are elected officials? The prospect of losing their jobs, pensions etc. might also give them a “change of heart”. Where can we contribute to the Lennox legal defense fund?

    1. Remember their names and vote them out. Get rid of this kind of thinking. Its older than the mountains. Free Lennox.

  24. What kind of a sadistic person would do something like that to a helpless animal? There are DNA tests that can prove the dog’s breed. I have a pitbull mix and he is the sweetest dog ever. This is genocide for dogs.

  25. I think I’m really glad I live in the U. S. This whole situation is completely backward. Let’s take a well-cared for dog away from his family so we can commit neglect against him. I’m praying that Lennox’s family win their case.

    1. In the US our City Counsil doesn’t have the power to kill our dogs. This is your first mistake. The people vote for what is right. This isn’t right. Catch up with the laws of today. Vote them all out and start fresh.

  26. Local citizens need to elect City Counsel members who work towards the interests of their constituents. Find out who hires and fires the Dog Warden, and sets the rules of operations for that office. Try to get hired in that department to make personal contributions to the good of the department.

  27. This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! This dog has done nothing, absolutely nothing, but be who he is. I say the law needs to be….”a death sentence for anyone resembling a Belfast City Councilman” because they are a danger to society!

    Isn’t there anything we can do to help these people get justice!!!!!

  28. OMG! Where is the higher authority for these guys? This is insane! You do not kill the animals, I do not care what breed they are! Instead of the goverment funding these operations, they should maybe fund adoption centers more! Even if the dogs are agressive, have some sort of program to try to rehabilitate the dog, not kill it! They should educate themselves! My heart goes to Lennox and his family! I hope he gets returned to his family asap! I have 2 small breed dogs and can not imagine how or what I would do if someone attemted to take them away from me or my children! How heartbraking! Do these people not understand that this dog is a part of a loving caring family, and is so lucky to have someone choose him out of million other dogs? All my voice, mind and soul goes to Lennox and family!!!

  29. Sorry you wanted to do this in the shadows of darkness and the fact that the world IS watching intimidates you cowards. How are you going to feel when your economy dries up because of loss of business when people around the world boycott Belfast over your decision?



  30. This type of action is due to arrogance and ignorance, the poor animal hasnt done anything wrong, they are just discriminating, Human criminals get a second chance,, they are the ones that should be put to sleep.. Its so sad some humans can even think in such a matter

  31. maybe we can negotiate with the bcc, they give us Lennox and they can have that lady who threw Patrick down the garbage chute, she’ll fit right in with those type of ( evil ) people.

    1. Ricardo>wonderful idea! All pro Lennox comments make enormous sense, because they are correct! Amazingly sad how such ignorance & bigotry rampantly exist in Belfast! (scary, in fact!) Bet if we “tape measured” the the bcc (have my own idea for that “acronym”) their personal lives would NEVER measure up!

  32. First – if it can happen there it can happen here (actually has in the USA). Second another approach hitting the pocketbook, astrong message from me and should be seconded by anyone who planned at any time to be a tourist there – we do NOT want to visit and spend our money on countries where people and animals are treated this way.

    Third and finally, in reviewing the story here and covered in other outlets this is a systematic abuse of the PEOPLE that smacks of organized crime-style vengeance. This seems to be bigger than the dog. The dog’s family needs to make sure their car and home is safe before entry, their food and water are clean before ingesting, and that not a one of them is ever alone at home or in the town at any moment in time. Not to put too much of a paranoid spin on this bizarre situation but if I were them I would be looking behind walls and under bushes for hired hit men as to me it seems as though the dog’s family is clearly a target for this community’s so-called “authorities.” IMO, any municipal authorities continuing their murderous campaign in the face of such rampant disregard of the body of law and worldwide public opinion is completely bereft of decency, regard for the law, or even basic humanity. Thugs all.

    1. They want to kill Lennox and pay the family back for all the support they got from thousands of people. The people now know what its really like living in Belfast City. BOYCOTT BELFAST. Don’t eat there, don’t shop there. Don’t give them one dime of your money.

  33. the world has gone completely crazy, this poor dog has done nothing wrong. Total ignorance . Everyone ..true dog lovers …support this poor dog and his family let us get this foolishness sorted and let the dog live in a loving home.

  34. This BSL is not too dissimilar to the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews, in fact the only discernible difference is that it’s dogs and not humans.

  35. I am saddened to think this could happen to a pet. I trust sense will be restored to save him. The “correct thing to do” as they see it has gone too much over the top.

  36. This actually beggars belief! It is our tax and council tax that pay idiots like this to make ridiculous decisions as they have in the case of poor Lennox. Maybe they should make moire of an effort to clean up our streets from criminals instead of hounding law abiding families and their dogs!!

  37. I just wrote and let them know that tho’ it’s been a dream of mine to visit Ireland (where my mother’s ancesters come from) that dream is on hold for as long as it takes to get justice for Lennox and his family. I am heartsick over this whole mess, and can’t fathom how humans can be so cruel. Prayers are being offered that SOMEONE in authority over there has a softening of the heart (assuming SOMEONE has one) and will step up for Lennox. Thank you for sharing his plight with us. I’m glad to hear that Victoria Stillwell has also stepped up to the plight for him. God bless everyone here for trying. Praying we succeed, and the law will be changed.

  38. Why sentence a dog to death based on nothing but the way it looks. The dog has done nothing to warrant that…nor have the owners, who are obviously responsible pet owners. It’s not the breed, it’s irresponsible owners. Punish the Deed…not the Breed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the owners of Lennox.

  39. I emailed all of the city council members and offices and “liked” their Facebook page, leaving a post asking them to kindly return Lennox to his family and little girl.
    Can’t believe this has been going on for over a year now. The city is too ashamed to give in and admit that they were wrong. They just need to suck it up and give the dog back to the family! FREE LENNOX!

  40. Hello, I live in the United States of America and I just saw the fact that you are putting an animal to death because it looks like a Pit Bull. Are you for real? That is like saying because someone looks like a thief, he should be put in jail. Or because he looks like he could kill someone he should be put to death.

    If the animal has NOT harmed anyone and his family is in such great pain for you all taking their beloved pet away from them for something that DOESN’T MAKE SENSE… you are all obviously uneducated and down right heartless beings and it’s an EXTREMELY sad day when I and MANY others feel the human race is the most evil, corrupt creatures on this planet and the animals are the angels and saviors.

    In many ways you seem to be crucifying this animal much the way Jesus was. And that makes all of you horrible and evil. Think about what you are doing. I think you are all doing this just to be evil. Why not start something new in your country, caring… caring about animals. It’s one small thing to do to make the human race better.

    Save Lennox because the reasons for you doing this to him are really very stupid.

    OH and D-O-G does spell dog… but G-O-D spells God. think about it.

  41. ok…wht r u over there now…yanks? brits? or the old bards of wisdom….ashemed yes I said shemed to be a Dunn this day and every one hence if ya do this ya be a roman a shor…………………………………

  42. Had to be a Northern Irish to do this.

    Bureaucracy gone mad.

    It’s just like saying “That person resembles a murderer”

  43. When I first saw the recent picture, I thought he looked more like a staffy… If this council gets away with this, how many more people will they begin to do the same thing to :'(

  44. I think your decision to put a animal down because of the way he looks is absolutely disgusting! Not only are you putting a poor innocent animal to death but you are killing the little girl he belongs too!! Well done you are a bunch of murderers yourselves!!!!

    I hope and pray that the Lord will have mercy one day on your soul. I hope that your conscious will allow you to sleep at night!! And I hope that one day when you are in a situation that you do not receive the same verdict and treatment that you have bestowed on the poor little thing….

    There is only one way for you and that is hell!!!!

  45. being a pit lover,i feel for the family.we too have police going and shooting pits if they bite someone.they are cowards.if they can`t control a dog they shouldn`t even be a cop.but you what what is more of a coward????people.they are letting this happen.the whole world is the way it is because nobody wants to do anything about it .everyday someone complains about fuel,government,pitbulls and who knows what else.who`s going to stop it???it is what it is because you let it.feeling sorry isn`t going to help,senting emails isn`t going to help.they just delete them.signing petition???probably thrown in the garbage.people has to get out and rattle some chains.get the media involved.have rallies against banning ad shooting dogs.this isn`t going away.it`s just going to spread across the world.pits now ,other breeds down the road.these dogs would give their life to protect you.at least have the respect to help save their lives

  46. We human are so cruel seriously just because one little dog look like some thing you don’t like and you got power in your hand to take his life then you will just do it!! even though he has done nothing wrong at all but human criminal that comitted a crime can run free with no convicked!! but hey who’s care you are just a dog let put you down because I don’t like the way you look!! what is wrong with this people??? come on think!!!!

  47. Poor Poor Baby! Unbelievable the ignorance of people regarding breeds! Please sign the petition, write letters and spread the word!!!

  48. this story literally makes me sick. the tears do not stop rolling down my face as many times as I see Poor Lenox’s story. My own dog has been a part of my family for 5yrs now & I would die if someone took him from us like this I would just die let alone how the poor dog must feel my heart truly breaks

  49. I don’t understand how the judge can find in favour of the council, so many deeds of misconduct and deceipt have gone on here!! I feel for the family and I cannot believe that this animals welfare is gong unchecked. Can’t the RSPCA step in, if any of us kept an animal in poor conditions they would be there in a flash!!
    Keep up the fight guys this isn’t over yet!!

  50. Please don’t let this happen!
    I pray it hasn’t already.

    How can you look at yourselves in a mirror if it does happen?
    What will you say to children you know?

    Have you no feelings for Lennox & his family?
    I love dogs; I’d never purposely harm any, esp Lennox 🙁

    What do you say to YOUR families?

    It’s a mistake!

    Let Lenox go back home!


  51. I love you, Lennox :'(

    The “world” is crying and fighting for your release.

    C’mon: a mistake was made, a family’s heart is breaking, a girl’s best friend has been taken away

    Hey–Officials: we’re all (including you) moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles. Humans. “What did You do at work today…” and a child laughs or cries.

    Give restrictions if you must…20-foot high fence :-/

    Reverse this mistake: let Lennox go back home to his family! Ok, so you don’t want to admit an error. No one does.

    If you have to rewrite previous guidelines, you can emerge as merciful heroes, returning a family member. Maybe your tape measure was faulty — double check the one used — maybe it stretched. Or shrunk

  52. So incredibly sad. I really feel for Lennox and his family. I own two Old English Bulldogges, one of which was frequently mistaken for a Pit Bull when she was a puppy. Every single time I would hear someone say she was a Pit Bull I would sadly cringe, as if it were some terrible offense to be one. While I personally do not have any problem with Pit Bull’s or the like, it would still strike a bit of fear in me because of the unfortunate general fear of the breed. My hope is that this family is able to rectify the terrible situation they have been so unfairly put in and that unjust breed legislation will be done away with entirely.

  53. What a horrible lack of communication between mankind and animals. Firstly the fact that they were in very much abundance before man. Secondly, I feel that Humans act more animalistic than what is found in the wild. Humans kill out of enjoyment, animals kill for survival, there isn’t any pre meditated thought for them.
    I am very sorry for your lose and hope with the ability of world wide abilities to reach out that you and your family have your beloved pet returned… My prayers and reposting this help in making your wish a reality.
    Be safe Lennox and I am sorry that predjudist has to also apply to the animal kingdom.
    Bless You.


  55. This is such a heart breaking story that my heart hurts. Being Catholic I am an “Honor Guard” on Thursday evenings at my church’s Adoration Chapel in Phoenix, Arizona USA . I offered prayers up tonight for Lennox that his life would be spared and that he would return home to his owner. In the words of Mahatma Ganhi “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated” So far it doesn’t look like the nation is doing such a good job. I will continue to pray for Lennox until the Judge realizes this wrong doing and returns Lennox to his family. God Bless you Lennox.

  56. please let lennox go…if it were a human instead of a dog, they would call this racial profiling. shame on you ireland!!

  57. How about this — instead of “having to admit a mistake” (which you obviously think you “haven’t” made), just…let Lennox go home, and if you have to do ANYTHING (to cover your “oops”), release Lennox, and if it makes you feel better, impose restrictions if you must.

    –that he be kept by his family (in better conditions than you’ve provided )

    –leashed humanely

    “Suffer not the little children …”

  58. The Germans did the same thing to people. Measured their skulls, decided they were Jews, tortured them and put them down in a Nazi death camp.

    I guess it’s all right, though, if an Irishman racially profiles a dog, then tortures and executes him. (i’m so glad i live in Canada.)

  59. There IS a way out of this,”officials.”

    When “Rhett Butler” was allowed to use the word, “Damn”, in “Gone With the Wind” (cursing was never allowed) it was easy to keep allowing “one more” word onto films.

    One after another. Nothing’s “taboo” now.

    My point is, if you “allow” this to happen to a sweet soul, especially one with responsible owners, how long until “it’s just one more breed” added to this
    cruel injustice!

    Like I said earlier, if you HAVE to (in order to releas this dear soul and “maintain” your “status” as “important people “)–be creative: release Lennox and “impose leash” use. (Though I doubt Lennox will want to go outside once he’s home…)



    Children’s companions shouldn’t be seized. :'(


  60. Lennox,

    I had the “courage” to watch your “video” yesterday.


    I wish I hadn’t :’-(

    Your ears remind me of my Beagle-Cocker Spaniel. (May 1984-1999).

    Your eyes…loyal…sincere…puzzled…sad (tears) :'(

    As I type this, with tears, I pray the Lord has changed your hearts and that you’ve returned Lennox to His Family!

    Rhett said damn.

    You’re after Pitts, even if they’re not.

    What’s next? Where will it end (Danes, Shepherds, Boxers…and if every breed is “eventually” included)?

    Are guppies safe?
    Will they be deemed dangerous?

    This is beyond belief that responsible people be put through this! 🙁

    Even the “Grinch”, whose heart was too small, saw the error of his ways…and “Made Things Right” again.

    I’m glad I don’t live in your country.

    I’m sad right now that I’m Irish (mixed in with some “Bohemian”).


  61. May FIRST.

    Lennox, arrested you still here?

    I pray you are (though you’re being kept so horribly).

    Bohemia. Bohemian. (No offense, Czechoslovakia. You changed your name after my ancestors left.)

    What I’m trying to say is:

    Which country “name” sounds more likely to do this to poor brave Lennox?



    “Ireland” with its smiling Leprechauns

    …perhaps, Ireland, you’ve “profiled” them, too!

    Bavarian, Belgian, Czech, English, Russian, and regrettably, Irish


  62. DAMN you people who are keeping an innocent creature! Do you even know GOD!??! I guess not because you are evil, much, much more evil than Satan is! How can you bear watching a lil’ girl’s heart slowly breaking because of you IDIOTS havinf her separated from someone very dear to her! FUCK your freakin’ LAW!! I never thought a country like Ireland can be very unjust! I wish I never had the dream and anticipation to someday reach your country! you wicked people/organization! I hope you die in a slow and painful death!

  63. isnt the appeal in a couple of days? since some idiots started to mess with Lennoxs’ fb page i havent heard anything. i hope he goes free because he deserves it its almost a year now since he was taken so its not fair to let him suffer more.

  64. Lennox,

    I think about you all the time 🙁

    I keep praying that you will go back home!

    That you’re still alive :'(

    And that the people at your “HEARING” have “HEARD US”, too!

    Your Honor,
    I would like to suggest the following as dialogue in Lennox’s hearing:

    “Due to the overwhelming outcry on your behalf…”

    add whatever “conditions” that will make EVERYONE HAPPY
    (and let you regain a smidgen of respect)

    And before that gavel falls, use words like “set free” or “returned to responsible family”

    Oh–and that the family is NOT required to pay for Lennox’s deplorable living conditions while in your “care”.

    Paying the Veterinary Bill if Lennox has so much as caught a “cold” would be a nice gesture, too.

    When IS that “hearing”?

    I love you Lennox :'(
    KD Minnesota US

  65. Lennox, dear sweet Lennox,

    I return here every day, hoping for good news 😮

    I know you’re worried about your family at home, despite what Belfast has done/is doing. 🙁

    When I lay down at night and say my Prayers, I always (& throughout each day)
    pray extra that you get to go home, sleep in your own bed and live a long, safe, happy life!


  66. Hello, sweet Lennox!

    I pray for your release.

    I picture you home with your Miss Brooke.

    I wish an Animal Communicator could talk with you. That you could convey Your feelings to us, and let You know we’re fighting for You!

    Your Honor,

    Have you no empathy? Regret? Sorrow?

    Do you not like dogs for some reason?

    Would you double check those “measurements”??


    Hoping every day for your release.
    Dreading anything else.

    Lennox, you’re more than a D-O-G,
    You’re an S-O-U-L,
    Created by, and sent by GOD

  67. Dear Lennox,

    Are you okay? Are you back with Your Miss Brooke?

    Throughout this HORRIBLE ORDEAL, HUMANS ‘ seem’ at fault.

    You, Sweet Lennox, must constantly “wonder what YOU did.

    YOU didn’t DO ANYTHING!

    I don’t know where else to check on You, Lennox 🙁

    My Beagle used to warn me before I’d have a seizure: I know how EXTRA-IMPORTANT YOU ARE to Miss Brooke, and how important SHE iS to YOU!

    Please, Lord, change the hearts of those who can release Lennox. Comfort him while he is kept unjustly!

    I love you, Lennox!

  68. Lennox are you still here? St. Francis, comfort Lennox

    Are you home?

    Have the “elected” people read their Email?


    I don’t know where/how the appeals-process is heading: praying “they” decided you’re ok to be home with your family!

    Friday the 13th.
    Superstitious indeed.
    Let it be GOOD for YOU


  69. Lennox,

    WHERE are You?


    I don’t know where to look to find the results of your “hearing”.

    Please, anyone out there: what’s happening regarding Lennox?

    Is Lennox back home???

    Please respond…

    Thank you


  70. Lennox, dear Lennox

    I pray you are at peace; whether at home with Miss Brooke although this has probably made you risky BECAUSE “THE SYSTEM” has CHANGED YOU >:-(
    or safely in heaven, where there is no evil





    Miss Brooke and Lennox,

    May your Guardian Angels stay close and comfort you.

    …and when you look back, let there be just one set of footprints in the sand..

    I will never forget you, and I’m asking St. Francis and Shandi (my beagle), to help Lennox!

    Please, Lord Jesus, comfort us all!


  71. KD, don’t think of the worst yet. On May 4th the family was supposed to go to court to set an appeals date but the

    “Belfast City Council’s legal team decided they wouldn’t be attending and because of this the day was wasted and no appeal date as yet has been set because the judge would not allow a date to be set without both parties being present in court on the 4th. Typical stalling tactics yet again by council.”

    So, have faith and continue to pray for justice. Hopefully justice will prevail. God bless this family and their supporters.

  72. I didn’t know what to think.

    THANK YOU for that post.

    WHEN Lennox goes home to Miss Brooke and her family, is there an animal communicator who can work with Lennox for a while, and convey the good news; assure him things WILL BE OKAY– and help BOTH LENNOX and his FAMILY get to know each other again?


  73. Hello Lennox!

    Be strong … people everywhere are praying for both You, Miss Brooke, and the rest of your family.

    Thinking & praying,


  74. The Belfast City Council has damaged their own image and reputation by the false, stupidly ignorant reasoning to illegally remove this dog, Lennox, from his owners. Lennox’s family should have sued each member of this “Council” for their unconcern for the TRUTH, the LAW & the emotional health of Lennox’s 12 yr old disabled owner. They all should FIRED! They haven’t got a lick of sence…they wouldn’t even make decient garbage collectors! They’d steal whatever they wanted & then say “Well it was garbage!” after they’d sold it for liquior or whatever they’re on…






    Emerald City…

    …just saying.

  76. This is very sad, and brings a tear to my eye as i think about my dog. The sooner the government introduces dog liscences, the quicker this will end the mistreatment and absuse of the poor, vulnerable and impressionable animals.
    I pray for Lennox, and that he is returned to his loving family.

  77. Who is REALLY Behind the Curtain?

    Lennox is touching the world by what has happened. :’-(

    So, too, is Belfast 🙁

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