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BACKGROUND | SOURCE DIGITAL JOURNAL
In a shocking decision by senior judges in Northern Ireland, Lennox, a Labrador/American Bulldog, has been ordered destroyed. The ruling upholds the decision of two lower courts, to euthanize a dog that has committed no harm.
For two long years, the Barnes family have fought to bring their dog home after he was seized by the City of Belfast in May 2010 and ordered destroyed for being a “pit-bull type” dog. The ruling came in response to an appeal by the family, and upheld the decision of two lower courts who decided under the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA), that Lennox was a danger to the public and must be euthanized. According to the DDA, a dog’s physical traits could bear influence on how it behaves and “pit-bull” types, like Lennox, are automatically deemed dangerous. In other words, Lennox was measured with a tape measure; he fit the profile, and was seized. Yet Lennox has never threatened to harm a living soul, and even statements from celebrity and recognized canine experts attesting to the dog’s good-nature, have been consistently overthrown in favor of the testimony of one individual, Peter Tallack, a police dog handler and supporter of the DDA.
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Please also contact the Prime Minster’s Office HERE
To Whom It Concerns,
Lennox is an exceptionally well-behaved and loving dog; naturally curious and energetic, he loved to play and go on walks, each new encounter a welcomed and joyful experience, each new sight interesting and deserving of innocent scrutiny. Lennox loves attention but does not demand such, and gladly and willingly accepts a stroke, a pat, a glance, and an opportunity to play. His bright eyes are always welcoming, his demeanor gentle, his loyalty infallible; he’ll be your playmate, your confidante, your partner, your sidekick, your solace in a decidedly lonely and uncomfortable world. For this unending loyalty and unquestioning love, Lennox may encounter a journey, not of loyalty or kindness, but of pain and betrayal. Sadly, in an ironic and cruel circumstance, the very people sworn to protect others and dispense constitutionally-sound decisions now bear the potentially unsettling distinction of executioner.
Although the premise of BSL or the DDA is inherently biased and potentially unconstitutional, it is important to recognize it is based on erroneous information, inaccurate witness accounts, and according to inequitable circumstances. To target Lennox according to one hysterical outburst, impetuous reactions to news accounts, and questionable testimony is pure conjecture and serves no purpose other than creating conflict and dividing the community. This is neither productive nor beneficial.
As one global collective, we applaud Lennox’s determination to survive, and we embrace his loyalty and love even given the shadowy depravity that has colored his previously bright world. We choke on emotion when we are confronted with the cruel reality of the hideous event he may endure and his subsequent love for those around him, unaffected by an act that would leave humans forever scarred by doubt and hesitancy. It would be a shame not to witness your country’s beauty and potential, yet as long as Lennox is condemned unjustly, I will be unable to consider travel to or commerce of such. Please use your office to influence a favorable decision to release Lennox, either to his family or to any of numerous rescues willing to adopt him.
I know your time is limited and I thank you for attention to this urgent appeal.
once upon a time,
there was a little girl,
lennox, her dog,
was her world.
then one day,
her world was seized,
by laws injust and
as her family agonized,
this little girl and her
dog, were traumatized.
time slowly passed,
and sadly it flew,
a verdict unjust
left a planet
crying and blue.
so those of you,
who have the power
save this dog.
kindness is the only
Karen Lyons Kalmenson