Lennoxâ€™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 Lennoxâ€™s seizure the ADBA have issued the Belfast City Council with â€˜Cease & Desistâ€™ orders due to the Councilâ€™s unauthorised continued use of ADBA material.
Lennoxâ€™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 Lennoxâ€™s owner to say â€œIf 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.â€ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ On many attempts the family have telephoned the Councilâ€™s Dog Control Manager but to date the Manager has never taken the families call or returned any calls. Lennoxâ€™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. Lennoxâ€™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 Lennoxâ€™s welfare needs are being met at this undisclosed Council contracted kennel.
Local leading MPâ€™s joined in support of Lennox stating in the Belfast Telegraph and other media they were â€œAppalledâ€ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ 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 Lennoxâ€™s freedom. The ADBA Inc, various Animal Rights groups, Animal Welfare organisations, Veterinarians, Dog Breed and Behaviourist Experts have all gave their support for Lennoxâ€™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 Brookeâ€™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. Brookeâ€™s specialist Doctor at Belfast Royal Hospital for Sick Children has also expressed growing concern for the childâ€™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.
We learned today, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 that Lennox has been put to death. Was Lennox still alive? Had the Belfast City Council already killed him...is this the reason they would not let any celebrities intervene or let Lennox family see him and be with him during euthanization? What was the coverup? Lennox was an American Bulldog/Labrador and was a sweet boy. He was euthanized because of the size of his head. This is discrimination - he was judged by his appearance solely. This is wrong.....it must end....not only for black dogs, bully looking dogs but for all dogs via pitbull or chihuahua! It must end.
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