Family Not Even Allowed to Say Goodbye to Innocent Dog Sentenced to Death

“Eight police officers and four dog wardens showed up to take Hank away. I can’t fathom why anyone would report him… He’s extremely affectionate.”

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Another pit bull-type dog discriminated against, another family torn apart by a death sentence, this time in Northern Ireland.  Hank, described as lazing for 90 percent of the day and playing the other 10 percent, was taken by police while the family wasn’t home, and now they’ve threatened to kill him without even letting them say goodbye.  Let’s do everything we can to help.

Thankfully, more municipalities around the States are realizing that breed specific legislation doesn’t work.  It doesn’t cut down on the number of dog attacks.  All it does is destroy families and kill innocent dogs who have never even shown aggression towards anyone.  However, in many places in the UK, pit bulls, Staffies, or any of THOSE type dogs are banned.

People know this, yet they continue to make these dogs family members.  They hope that none of their neighbors report them, as this is generally the only way they get found out.  Sadly, Hank was reported by one of Joanne Meadows and Leonard Collins’ neighbors, even though he’s never even harmed so much as a squirrel.

 

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“My dad walks Hank during the day when I’m at my placement and he called to tell me that he wasn’t there, Leonard told the BBC.  “I rushed straight home to find the warrant on my door and Hank gone.

“A neighbor told me that eight police officers and four dog wardens showed up to take Hank away.  I can’t fathom why anyone would report him. He lazes about for 90 percent of the day and wants to play the other 10 percent.”

The family has had Hank for nearly two years, since he was a puppy.  The Staffy-Lab mix is neutered, microchipped, and insured.

“He is a very playful dog and is part of our family, my nieces and nephews adore him and my dad loves walking him,” Leonard explained.  “He’s extremely affectionate, we’ve never had any issues with aggression.”

 

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Nevertheless, he was heartlessly abducted from his home; a brief note of explanation left tacked to the door.  Leonard says his family has been told they are not allowed to visit or even know where Hank is being kept.  The dog warden told him there were no complaints about Hank’s behavior, just with his appearance.

Which is blatant discrimination.  Imagine if a certain race of people or religion were (again) made illegal, and people fitting that description were taken away and put to death.  It’s an atrocity.

The family has been “reassured” that Hank is being well-cared for, and that his needs are all being met.

“Hank has a skin condition and he doesn’t have his medication with him, we don’t know where he is or what’s happening to him,” Leonard noted.

 

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But he and Joanne are fighting tooth and nail to keep him alive.

“When I spoke to the dog warden they said we had two options, either sign him over, which would most likely result in him being put down, or to fight the order through the courts.”

They have created a Facebook page to keep supporters updated, as well as a petition to send to the courts.  Additionally, they have launched a fundraiser to help them pay all the court fees needed to give them the best shot of bringing Hank home.

We will be keeping tabs on the case and bring you updates as we learn them.

 

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42 thoughts on “Family Not Even Allowed to Say Goodbye to Innocent Dog Sentenced to Death

  1. Kill It. Pit bulls are genetically damaged and can NEVER be trusted. At any moment they can snap and kill someone. People who choose to own them are stupid and irresponsible. I am tired of being afraid to walk down the street because morons choose to own this breed. Stop treating this breed like it’s a victim of racism. The dog is not human. Get over it.

    1. I have a pitbull and rescue pitbulls from people who have your mindset and abuse them. They have been the most gentle and loyal dogs. And I will continue to support them and fight for them and fight against this ridiculous stereotype

    2. Jenny you’re an idiot. It is ignorant morons like you that need to die and be eliminated out of the gene pool.

    3. At any moment any dog can turn on you. It isn’t a breed specific thing. My sister was attached by a dalmatian. Should they all be put down too?

      1. It is certainly not true that “at any moment any dog can turn on you.” Except for instances of abuse or illness, there are dogs that will not, under any circumstances, attack someone or some animal. One such dog is sitting at my feet right now. In 13 gentle years he has never threatened anyone or anything. He is no more likely (probably less likely) than a person to attack me, you, or your pet. I honestly don’t know if there is anything in the genetic makeup of a Pit Bull which makes it more likely to attack. Certainly their physical characteristics are such that an attack is likely to be dangerous. But I have known several pit bulls raised to be loving pets who are gentle and affectionate. From my very limited experience, there is nothing innate in the breed, but there may be pit bulls who are genetically predisposed to be more aggressive than others. Killing the dog without any evidence of aggression is an over-reaction, IMHO.

      2. Your comments are disgusting Jenny, that dog is an animal and a loving and caring one, which is better than a lot of so called human beings, it is totally disgusting that they even had the right to enter the home and take the dog away when no one was even there, I would check to see if they didn’t go to far and do things they are not allowed to do by law, it is totally disgusting for them to take away an innocent dog who is a much loved family pet and is therefore one of the family just like a normal human being and no longer just a dog, it is disgusting that they won’t even divulge where he is so how do you know that he even is still alive:( it’s disgusting as I have seen this a lot lately poor innocent dogs being taken away for no reason, these dogs and the owners should get to prove if their dog is as they are accused to be, just because a dog looks like another breed that is still no reason for these people to take him away in the first place and even more so especially with no one being there, please let us know where the petition is as I am very happy to sign it, and let’s get some justice for these innocent dogs who have done nothing wrong at all.

    4. Jenny, any dog can snap and kill someone.; that is the chance we took when we domesticated dogs all those years ago. There are millions of bully breed dogs who have never hurt a fly. The ones to blame are the irresponsible owners. But we can’t put them down now can we?

    5. All dogs deserve love! It doesn’t matter if its a Pit Bull (which isn’t a specific breed) or the littlest ankle biter. Should we kill them because they can be aggressive and bite. I don’t think so! Before Pit Bulls it was German Shepards, Doberman Pinchers. BSL Ban needs to be abolished because it doesn’t work! Dog bites are not going down and it is not the Pit Bulls that are doing the biting.

    6. Jenny, do you realize that Staffordshire terriers were first used as nanny dogs? They were brought into the household to help protect the children from harm. These dogs are no different from a little chihuahua who doesn’t like attention. It’s how you raise the dog, not genetics. It’s like saying every human has the ability to murder someone, yet we are not sentencing every person to death.

    7. Hey Jenny, if this is your way of thinking, then do you also believe that people that are slow-minded, somewhat on the stupid side, have biases, should also be ‘destroyed’? If your answer is ‘yes’, which seems likely, then YOU become first in line to be destroyed. It is so evident that you are certainly not an animal person. You’d do better to live on a distant planet, in some far away solar system.
      Wouldn’t it be nice if you were to need the help/assistance of a service dog. Remember, dogs do so much for us, so that we can live our lives for the better.
      Also remember this ‘fact’. Pit bulls are not ‘all trained to kill’. Those that live with families,esp. with small children are ‘family members’. Since Hank has no known aggression, he should not have been taken from this family. It’s a shame that their neighbors have the same thinking process as you. If this happened to me, these neighbors would never want me to live next to them!!
      In closing, Jenny get a life. Better yet, learn to keep your ‘close-minded’ thoughts to yourself.

    8. I think you are genetically damaged and can’t be trusted due to your mentality. Let’s do to you what you want to do to this dog!

    9. Jenny…you are seriously horrible at trolling people. Or if you can dismiss anythings life like that then you are a serial killer in the making. The only reason any dog like this has any issue is because of its owner not being responsible and being a proper alpha for the dog. A lot of pet owners get dogs and basically think teaching them to go to the bathroom outside and sit and shake hands is enough. Dogs are like children, they need more guidance than that. They are a lot of responsibility and until people realize that then there are going to be idiot pet owners with dogs that are out of control. If dogs are properly disciplined etc( just like children) they will not bully, bark or jump on/at people or other dogs. It all depends on how much time people invest in their dogs.

    10. You are a scared ignorant cunt. I piss on low life assholes like you. Get a life or better yet end yours instead of these fine animals.

    11. Jenny … I hope to GOD somebody decides that you are a worthless piece of shit and eliminates you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to be the one to do it!!! You are just a scummy bitch!!!! Hopefully you don’t reproduce!!!! If you have already reproduced … I hope Karma bites you in the ass and your kids die evil deaths … just like your evilness!

    12. Jenny, it sounds like the one who needs to be put down is “YOU”. Any and all dog breeds will and can turn on you if you mistreat it! Raise them with Love and Respect and any dog will lay down it’s life for you!!
      Get it straight Jenny, your genetic makeup is fucked up and you need to dig a hole in the ground and crawl in it and die!!!

    13. Unless you have had a pitty which it’s clear you haven’t you have No Ideal how Loving these babies are! I Hate BSL. I’m a responsible pitty owner and Love Them and Would Fight Tooth and Nail for Them

  2. Is their no human kindness remaining in the world. that BSL is real at the very least allow the family to say goodbye to their dog

  3. If that sweet dog gets put down, You should sue the neighbor for defimation of character and destruction of property with emotional distress. What did that dog do to your neighbor to be sentence to death? I bet is was a paranoid mother..

  4. What assholes you people are to judge an animal it’s not the breed it’s how you raise them obvious you people are ignorant and just plain evil you don’t kill an innocent animal that has done nothing because you don’t like the breed instead of worrying about sweet innocent dogs you should worry about the scumbag rapist and child molesters in your community people should boy cott your country just disgraceful how heartless and plain stupid people are if you should kill this dog I will plaster your names all over the Internet give the dog back to it famil y and go kill yourself

  5. So, you know they are a banned breed, yet you go and get one anyway. There are tons of other dogs who need homes. What does this say about this family’s nature? People who are determined to get these dogs know why they do it, even if they won’t admit it out loud.

    1. If people were deliberately breeding and selling/buying pit bulls there MIGHT be some sort of logic to your comment but if you knew anything at all you would know that most of these dogs that are being seized are NOT pit bulls but staffy crosses….quite often with the gentle, soft labrador…..and have never shown any aggression. People get a puppy and have no idea that in a few months/years some one is going to decide that due to a vague and inaccurate set of measurements their beloved family member is going to be snatched from them, going to cost them thousands to get back (not to mention the very real grief and heartache) or at worst their loved one is going to be killed. Genuine animal lovers see their pet as a member of the family like a son or daughter. Think how it would feel if someone decided your son, when he got to a certain size, might be capable of hurting someone and dragged him out of your house never to be seen again and refused to let you even know if he was ok or even still alive.

  6. This is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE.
    You would kill this Dog because He is a pit bull.
    This is insanity!
    DO NOT KILL THIS DOG PLEASE I AM BEGGING FOR HIS LIFE.
    GIVE HIM BACK TO HIS FAMILY!

  7. must let hank the dog live now ,end the breed discrimination against our family members now. shame on these people to take and kill this great dog now.

  8. The breed is banned… Just have all remaining members of the breed fixed and seriously STOP buying them… We dont have to kill them all. just prevent them from breeding… And it really doesnt matter if a breed of dog disappears… there are a shitload of other dog breeds out there.

  9. I can understand a person”s fear- but things are just taken too far when it comes to these animals- First it was the Doberman, then the Rotties, the shepherd, all sorts of Huskies.The world now focuses on any kind of Pitt or Bull terrier. What about these nasty little Fluffs that will tear any minute at your ankles, or tenders just because they do not like you or the dog you may be with? Just because you can pick them up, does not mean they are any different from the Pitts and the Bulls..I have a Stafford terrier.She is not a Pitt Bull- She has misbehaved and has gotten into trouble- with an altercation with a lab. it was a fight or not the difference in breed a property dominance situation. I admit i would have been to frighten too if it happened in my yard.But what bothers me is the fact that so many people make up stories just to give notice esp if they feel the dog is either a Pitt or looks like one. I admit, i was in the wrong and this incident will be corrected as the days go on. BUT TO SNATCH A DOG OUT OF HOUSE W/O ANY FEASIBLE PROBLEMS is indeed very in violation of a person”s rights.certain cultures come to the USa and expect us as American to bend to their likes and dislikes. Did they have the freedom to this in their own country? I shall bet not. Yet so many do

    fall into the trap of pleasing and giving extra liberties to such cultures, restricting us in our own country by birth by , giving freedom to do as they want without any restrictions These things are a lesson to all of up to wake up and be counted- United we are strong and are winners, divided we are weak and loose. I shall pray that this family gets their beloved pet back and those who spoke without cause, get their just punishment.

  10. All I’m going to say is I believe in GOD and if they do too. Remember he created all living things and dogs are one of them to kill one of them for just being who they are well that’s plain murder there is a reason why they were named dog which is God spelled backwards think about it before you kill his angels.

  11. Would anybody kindly tell me what happened to this doggie? was he spared? we have such persecution in the USA too. Many innocent dogs in the East coast sentenced to death right now.

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