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From Anthony Damiano :
I am aware that Lennox was merely one dog, a single drop in the vast sea of animal abuse that we are forced to witness, and they are forced to endure each day. Lennox's murder just happened to be an incredibly large "slap in the face" for advocates around the world, as he became the icon against breed specific legislation, globally. His death, this particular case, represented all that is wrong with humanity in regard to our biases, our treatment of life in general, especially that of other species, as well as our blatant implementation of selective compassion and apathy.
We took away the life of a loving being, who just wanted to exist, simply because he looked a certain way. To the very last, Lennox would still show love to his abusers and captors(ultimately, his killers). It is important to reinforce this issue because annually, we do the very same thing to 56 billion land animals that we label as food items because of the way that they look(as well as what we can take from them), animals who just wish to exist, experience life and give love. In the end, a human employ of selective compassion for only certain lives has the pointed ability to reinforce the idea that we are despicable creatures. Rest in the peace that you were not afforded in life, Lennox.
LENNOX LIVES! HIS SPIRIT WILL NEVER DIE BECAUSE WE ARE ALL LENNOX....Let the WORLDWIDE WAR AGAINST BSL begin!
1. Can anyone view the video clip below and believe for a moment that this was a dangerous, vicious, unpredictable dog? One that could not be allowed to live?
From Michelle Lynn : The video was taken on March 15th, 2011. I know you can't see it in the video but that's when it was taken. I stabilized the video so it would zoom in and you can get a better view of their faces. Dog warden Alexandra Lightfoot said that from the thousands of dogs she has encountered in her 25-year career as a warden, Lennox was "probably the most unpredictable and aggressive" of her four-legged clients, and she testified that Lennox is "a danger to the public and anyone around him" Watch the leaked assessment video as Lennox is taunted and slapped in the face and decide for yourself who's lying, Lennox or Lightfoot.
LIGHTFOOT LIED, LENNOX DIED!
Published on Jul 11, 2012 by TheMsStef
The man in the video is David Ryans, hired by the family to do an assessment of Lennox without any prejudice. My understanding is that his assessment concluded that Lennox was not aggressive. His assessment was also ignored by the courts or not permissible in court. Not sure which one. Instead, the unqualified Peter Tallack's assessment was used instead. The other woman has been confirmed as Sandie Lightfoot.
Here it is folks. This video has been marked private and the file has been sent to me anonymously for your viewing.
The video, dated March 15th 2011, is of Sandie Lightfoot, the dog warden responsible for the chain of events that lead to Lennox's murder, and an unknown man. I work with dogs and I know them well, inside and out. I may not be a dog behaviourist but it's more than clear that in this video, Lennox is not showing any signs of aggression what so ever.
Lightfoot and the BCC must be held accountable for their lies and deception. They must be held accountable for thumbing their nose to the mass outpouring from people around the world that begged for Lennox to be spared. They must be held accountable for destroying the Barnes family and messing about with a little girl's dog.
Sadly, Lennox was murdered today at their hands. The BCC continuously claims that Lennox was a very dangerous dog. Rest assured, they are lying. Lying right through their teeth. These murderous bastards used Lennox as a big F.U. to the rest of us. Their plight to kill this dog was NEVER about keeping the public safe. I know that. You know that. They know that.
Lennox is being provoked in this video by the unknown man likely to get a reaction. To test his so called aggressiveness. Guess what? NO AGGRESSION!!!!
In addition to the pictures being shared worldwide of Sandie and Lennox together, now we have this. I urge you to share this!
Not only would the heartless bastards at the BCC allow Lennox's dead body to be returned to the family, they threw out his collar and refused to give it to the little girl Brooke.
Listen up BCC, this is not over. Not for a long shot. If you think for one second people are going to walk away with their tail between their legs, you had better think again. You have awakened a giant. This giant is on a mission. It has only just begun.
A. PETITION: PROTEST AGAINST THE BCC over the MURDER of LENNOX. Please add your names and share.
B. The Lennox Law Petition
C. First Minister of Northern Ireland: Recall the Belfast City Council - Sign the Petition!
D. Alexandra Lightfoot to be removed from her post as Dog Warden with
Belfast City Council Petition
The Belfast Dog Warden's office is responsible for the theft of Lennox, a family dog ripped from his responsible owner's home. They kept this poor soul, a companion dog to a disabled young girl hostage for 2 years. Then, on July 10 (some believe much earlier in direct defiance of a court ordered stay) they murdered Lennox despite a global outcry and offers of sanctuary. Even then, when they could seem to show no more indifference, this group denied the family a last visit and the right to claim their family member's body.
This illegal and heartless episode is only the tip of an ugly iceberg. Inadequate medical conditions, horrible concrete enclosures, sawdust on concrete floors and woefully filthy stalls warrant the closure of each and every so-called shelter facility in Belfast, the re-homing of all inmates jailed there and the recall/dismissal of the entire council.
In the end, we believe it was pernicious (causing insidious harm or ruin;
injurious; hurtful) spite and revenge that motivated and drove this group of
disrespectful, dispicable *Troglodytes to persist in the killing of an
innocent dog and the torment of his devoted and loving family.
The secrecy about where he was held, the refusal to let the family visit at any time, and especially to say goodbye, and then the refusal to return Lennox's body or collar as a keep-sake for the child who loved him so, speaks of evil misdeeds, conspiracy, lies and unconscionable injustice. The BCC had options and compassionate alternatives to this slaughter. They refused them all. In the US there was the case of football player Michael Vick's dogs who were all trained and used in dogfighting, where they fought to kill. After Vick was caught, most of those dogs were re-trained/re-habilitated and re-homed, becoming loving family members and couch potatoes. Lennox could very easily have been given sanctuary in the US or so many other countires where caring people offered him sanctuary and would have welcomed him with open, loving arms. Instead, these pathological miscreants, who were in a postion of power, gave the finger to the whole world.
We sincerely hope that the citizens of Belfast will demand a full investigation and inquiry into what actually transpired behind closed doors and if found negligent, abusive, remiss in their responsibilities and duties remove these unqualified, corrupt individuals from office.
*Definition of TROGLODYTE
I am so disgusted and want everyone to know how low Belfast City Council have stooped. The Barnes family heard about the death of their beloved dog through me because I had been told by a source at BBC Radio Ulster. After what the council put the family through they didn't even have the decency to inform the family first before everyone else know. Someone involved in this mess needs to lose their ...job. If this is the way they represent their citizens then Belfast beware. Belfast City Council should hang their heads for the shameful and insensitive way they have handled this. Heartless doesn't even begin to describe the people surrounding this case. Appalling and I can assure you, this will NEVER be forgotten
JOIN ME- I PLEDGE TO NEVER FORGET THE TWO YEAR TORTURE AND KILLING OF SWEET LENNOX. I PLEDGE TO NEVER VISIT ENGLAND OR NORTHERN IRELAND. I PLEDGE TO NEVER BUY ANYTHING BRITISH. I PLEDGE TO MAKE IT KNOWN THAT I STAND FIRM IN MY COMMITTMENT. I PLEDGE TO NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED TO LENNOX.
BELFAST & NORTHERN IRELAND ARE PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (GREAT BRITAIN). ALL OF THE UK WHICH INCLUDES ...BRITAIN/LONDON (OLYMPICS) AS WELL AS NORTHERN IRELAND. Any anger/ boycotting etc. needs to be against the UK--all of the UK, which includes Britain/ London (and all those tourist dollars they are hoping for for the upcoming Olympics in London), as well as Northern Ireland (Ulster). The nation of Ireland is a separate country from N. Ireland and the govt in Dublin has no say and no control over Northern Ireland.
BSL EMANATES FROM BRITAIN! JOIN ME IN THIS BOYCOTT BY SHARING.
From: "Sue Ledner" <email@example.com>
YOU KNOW, THE OLYMPICS ARE COMING�WHAT A GREAT PLATFORM FOR A CIVILIZED
July 12, 2012 at 10:07 am
The murder of Lennox by the Belfast City Council mirrors that city�s
overall intolerance and discrimination. Gratefully there were hundreds of
more compasionate Belfast residents who fought for his life
And today they have the Orange marches going through Belfast. For anyone who doesn't know these are the yearly Protestant loyalist marches that have proved to be a flashpoint for violence in the past. Security is upped and there have been pleas to stop these marches. .
This is the mentality we are dealing with here. The Ulstermen are full of hate for each other - Catholic versus Protestant, neighbourhood versus neighbourhood. Can we really expect better from such people? If I lived in Belfast I'd be holding up a banner for Lennox
Let us NOT ALLOW our Lennox's MURDER to be in vain and let us remember
that NOONE is suffering more now than Caroline, Craig and little Brook
Barnes who is absolutely distraught about the murder of her doggy brother,
best friend and therapy dog....they need our support more than ever NOW, so
let us join, partner, unite, focus and bring the BCC to justice for what
they did in TOTALITY these last 2 ...yrs and any others preceeding Lennox
and MAKE DAMNED SURE THERE ARE NO OTHERS IN THE FUTURE! also please see the
other petitions circulating to "KILL BSL", this one is directed toward
United States and addressed to our President to "KILL BSL" and also a
Petition to enact "Lennox's Law" please sign ALL 3 of these petitions and
any others you see pertaining to Lennox, thank you for your continued
support, love and dedication to ENDING INHUMANE MISTREATMENT, ABUSE,
NEGLECT, MAMING, TORTURE, CRUELTY & MURDERING of Animals xoxo Namaste
PETITION: PROTEST AGAINST THE BCC over the MURDER of LENNOX. Please add your names and share.
To: Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Government
On July 11, 2012 Lennox was MURDERED by the BCC after a two year battle due to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). His loving supporters will now ensure that Lennox is remembered, and that he did not die in vain. Lennox supporters want to see a Lennox' Law come to light, and an end to BSL worldwide. We need as many worldwide signatures as possible on our petition and enough outrage at Lennox' loss to present get the BSL horror abolished.
WE DEMAND ANSWERS BCC! WHY, why did you MURDER an innocent family pet, a
sick little girls service dog- her Angel?
To the Belfast City Council..
* Please note this petition targets the BCC ( and not the innocent N
PETITION: PROTEST AGAINST THE BCC over the MURDER of LENNOX. Please add
your names and share.
Lennox is now dead. MURDERED by the Belfast City Council. Link: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/news/news.asp?id=3109
"Dangerous dog is put to sleep following final court decision" 11 July 2012 Belfast City Council confirmed today that the dog Lennox, an illegal pit-bull terrier type, has been humanely put to sleep. This was in accordance with the Order of the County Court which was affirmed by the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal. Whilst there is an exemption scheme to which dogs of this type (pit-bull terrier type) may be admitted as an alternative to destruction, there were no such measures that could be applied in this case that would address the concerns relating to public safety. The Council`s expert described the dog as one of the most unpredictable and dangerous dogs he had come across. Over the past two years, Council officials have been subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse including threats of violence and death threats. The Council has been in ongoing contact with the PSNI in relation to that. The Council regrets that the court action was necessary but would emphasise that the safety of the public remains its key priority. Lennox was taken away from his loving family and was secreted away for the past two years whilst a fierce battle was held by his family fighting hard and long for his release.This beautiful dog was very much loved, he was a sick little girls loving helper, her angel. Lennox never bit anyone or did anything to deserve the cruelty that the BCC caused him and his family. Lennox was an innocent dog, an innocent victim of BSL, a victim of a dirty disgusting Council that need to be all sacked! Lennox will never be forgotten by millions of animal lovers worldwide who fought so hard along side his family for his release. To his wonderful family we give all love and support. RIP Lennox xox Want to send an email to the BCC and ask them WHY, WHY did they MURDER an innocent service dog, a sick little girls dog? Here is their link>> http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/contactus/index.asp
Lennox Killed Because of Breed Specific Legislation
By Doris Lin, About.com GuideJuly 12, 2012
After two years of legal battles, Belfast, Ireland has killed Lennox, an innocent dog, based solely on his resemblance to a pit bull.
According to a video from savelennox.co.uk:
On the 19th May 2010 Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Department forcibly removed Lennox from his loving, caring family home after measuring his rear legs and muzzle with a dress maker's tape measure (and) deemed him to be of a "Pit Bull Type" breed...Lennox's owner has done everything required by law as a responsible dog owner. As a puppy, Lennox's family had him insured, micro chipped, licensed, DNA registered, Pet Safe reigstered and neutered. When taken out in public Lennox is always muzzled and kept on a short lead...Lennox is securely kept at his family home behind a 6 foot wrought iron security gate with surrounding 8 foot concrete walls.
Lennox had never bitten or attacked anyone. He was killed because of the length of his rear legs and muzzle. Lennox's family said that he was an American bulldog-Labrador cross, but whether he actually was a pit bull doesn't matter. Killing an innocent animal because of his breed or his appearance is wrong.
The term "pit bull" actually includes three different breeds - the American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier.
Over the past two years, support for Lennox poured in from all over the world. Victoria Stilwell, host of the TV show, "It's Me or the Dog," had the Barnes family's consent to bring Lennox to the United States to a new home. Peter Robinson, First Minister of Northern Ireland, urged the Lord Mayor of Belfast to consider allowing Lennox to be rehomed, to no avail. Hollywood actors Sophia Bush and Ian Somerhalder also urged the Belfast City Council to spare the dog.
The BCC has acted reprehensibly throughout the two years right up to the bitter end, refusing to allow the Barnes family to see Lennox and now refusing to give Lennox's body or collar back to the family.
In an outrageous statement to the press, the BCC's spokesperson explained, "It would be reckless and irresponsible in this particular case for the council to simply move the dog to some other place where it would pose the same danger to others." The same danger to others - practically none at all?
The UK's Dangerous Dog Act, under which Lennox was seized and killed, is just one example of breed specific legislation. Sadly, while Lennox's death sparked an unprecedented worldwide outcry against BSL, it is not an isolated injustice. Countless dogs have been killed or abandoned because of BSL. The time to object to BSL is not just when an innocent dog is killed, but from day one, when a bill is introduced, when an ordinance has its first reading, or when a homeowner's association first puts it on their meeting agenda. After the law is in place, it's much more difficult to save innocent dogs.
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July 12, 2012 at 8:58 am
Thank-you, no dog should be murdered, tortured, seized as this dog was for the way it looks. No dog should be held without mercy for years being neglected, unsocialized, mis treated, in a damp, moldy looking cell with hair loss from disease or stress, skinny, taken from all he has known his whole life for having rear legs and thick muzzel. prejudice in many forms cross our nation and others from people to dogs and it is all WRONG.
We need help in sharing this picture everywhere, the news channels,
ACTION ALERT!!!-remove Belfast dog warden from her job!
All for Lennox : Please share/ Victoria Stilwell rebukes BCC rep on radio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz5DmsZylXU&feature=related We are Lennox :
Mourning the death of Lennox :
From: MIMOSADAY@aol.com Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 1:47 PM Lennox died thinking he had been abandoned by the family he loved so much, and still hoping they would come for him, as he had for over two years. He lived in anxiety and in fear, in sordid conditions. The child, whose companion he was, will be scarred for life. This is an unconscionable sin against an innocent dog and his family. Lennox was a beloved family dog who was NOT dangerous at all and had never done anything wrong in his life. Belfast is where evil prevailed and where a precious and innocent dog suffered agony and finally was murdered by uncivilized barbarians.
BASTARDS. We really have to boycott that horrible, vindictive
place. If they thought the protests were bad before, we have to have bigger
and louder protests now I agree. And, because they're all such disgusting
people, they've started making nasty animal noises to anyone who calls and
asks about Lennox. Read this article!
Outrage over Lennox: Dog put to sleep for looking like a pit bull in
----- Original Message ----- From: Carol Johnson To:
firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:12 PM
Subject: Re: Lennox's story /World declares war on Belfast
From: Maxx143@aol.com Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:16 PM RIP
Julie Decker in Myrtle Beach S.C. If they think that Lennox was put down humanely God Help Us All!!
I once again go back to what I said a week ago - regardless of what
people say - I believe Lennox was killed a while ago and THAT is why these
POS bastards could not do anything but stick to their guns - all based on
lies - and that is why the family was not allowed to say goodbye , and that
is why his body is not being turned over to the family - NO EVIDENCE as to
HOW or WHEN he was killed. If they just "humanely" killed him there should
be NO reason NOT to allow the family to say goodbye or at the very least
turn over ALL remains. These bottom dwellers MUST be made to answer not just
for the evil decision to kill him but for ALL the rest. And the comment by
them that he was "humanely" put down is, again, BS - was it humane to keep
in the conditions that they kept him for 2 years?
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