Lennox Put Down for Looking Like a Pitbull
Lennox, a dog in Northern Ireland, was put down yesterday despite a massive social media campaign on his behalf. His owners fought for over two years to keep him alive.
Members of the Save Lennox group told The Huffington Post UK that Belfast council is ignoring offers by Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, and Victoria Stilwell, host of ‘It’s Me Or The Dog’ , to pay the expenses to relocate Lennox from Northern Ireland and bring him to the US to a sanctuary and freedom.
Despite this, the counsel felt Lenoox was a public safety hazard.
Councilman Pat McCarthy said Lennox’s owners appeared to be in denial about the public safety risk posed by their dog.
“The people looking after Lennox for the past two years said that one minute the dog was placid and friendly, and the next he would try to get through the fence to get at you,” McCarthy said. “Now, do we release that dog into society?”
Although his owner Caroline Barnes relentlessly campaigned to save her pet a statement on the Save Lennox Facebook page late on Monday said she would no longer battle in court in local court.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all again for your messages of support. We are sorry to say at the present time Belfast city council seem to be intent on killing our boy. Despite previous assurances otherwise, we have been denied the opportunity to say goodbye. We have also been told that we cannot collect his body and bring Len home. We have been informed however that we will receive “some” ashes in the mail.
A later post reveals that council followed through.
Lennox was murdered at 7am this morning, the family weren’t allowed to say goodbye, his family were refused to be allowed to be by his side.
Love you pup, you will forever be remembered for your bravery, the amazing people you brought together, and for those you helped.
You are loved sweet boy, run free, we will meet again someday, you will always be alive in the hearts of many who fought for you.
No longer at the hands of those that cause you pain.
Lennox was a bulldog and labrador mix. He was seized from his home in 2010 at the age of five. Lennox, now almost seven, had never attacked anyone.
The council stated that he was an illegal pitbull-type dog. The family is, understandable, crushed.
Barnes was not allowed to be with her dog when he died.