July 11, 2012
Animal lovers and advocates around the world mourn today the passing of Lennox. I can’t imagine the pain the family is experiencing. Two years ago, a family dog was seized by the Belfast, Ireland city officials because they had deemed him a “dangerous dog breed.” The council called him a pit bull type and said he was dangerous and unpredictable; his family described him as a Lab/American Bulldog mix that had never been aggressive with any person or animal. After a two year legal battle that claimed worldwide attention and support for Lennox, the Belfast city council today announced they had killed Lennox after all appeals had expired. Although there were alternatives to rehome Lennox outside Belfast were available, the council held fast to their intent to destroy him.
The family wanted to see Lennox one final time to say their goodbyes; they were denied. They asked for Lennox’s body to bury; they were denied. Where is the humanity in the council’s resistance to let the family say goodbye to the dog they loved for seven years? I simply can’t imagine the pain of having my dog taken from me and not being allowed to say “goodbye.”
Could this happen in your city? Could this happen to you?
RIP Lennox, your story touched the world. To Lennox family, my heart and prayers are with you.