I’ve been watching the Story of Lennox, it saddens me that BSL has struck again, taking a BELOVED PET and DESTROYING yet another Family because of it.
Did Lennox show aggression, or attack anyone? NOPE. He was seized under the Stupid BSL Law for “looking like a Pit Bull Breed” in Belfast.
He has been housed in an “un-known location” since 2010. But pictures have leaked showing how horrible the conditions are… making his “bed” in piles of Saw Dust and his own Feces.
This story has gone International, gone to Court…Lawyers…Protests…Cesar Millan joined the Cause and still the Family Lost the Fight. The latest news today indicates the Family is out of ideas, and their official Statement breaks my Heart…. this is from their Facebook Page:
Official Statement From Lennox’s Family:
“We apologise for the silence as we know our many friends and supporters around the world have been desperate for news but until we had further talks with our legal team we had nothing new to share. We needed to explore all possible options before we issued another statement as we did not wish to give those that have campaigned so tirelessly any false hope or for anything to be taken out of context as has happened in the past.
Whilst there may well be errors in the Judge’s ruling from a point of law this has little bearing on whether we can or should progress by taking the case to a higher court. The ruling is based on the Judge’s decision that he deems Lennox to be unsafe despite evidence given by those qualified to assess and understand dog behaviour that contradicts the testimony of the Prosecution that was presented in court. This has given us little room for manoeuvre.
Our concern and priority has always been the welfare of our beloved boy. We have fought to have Len returned to our family from the moment he was seized but we have been advised that the legal fight is at an end. We are obviously distraught but have to consider the impact that any future lengthy legal battle would have on Len if we chose to go against the advice that we have been given. We cannot subject him to any more as there are no grounds for a further appeal and we do not wish to prolong his suffering any longer by engaging in a battle that we simply cannot win.
We have attempted to write this statement many, many times but have struggled to put in writing that the fight to spare Lennox’s life may well be over. It has been almost impossible for us to accept that we have to admit defeat. We always believed that there was some hope and that justice would prevail. We were wrong. There have been many dark days for us since Len was taken and we want you all to know that it is your support and kindness that kept us going through the blackest times.
This is all we can share with you at the moment and we are finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that there is nothing more that we can do from a legal point of view and that Lennox may well be killed. We have one last hope that Belfast City Council will allow Lennox to be rehomed in the USA. The offer is there but we have no say in whether this offer will be accepted. We have never refused to rehome Lennox. That decision was taken out of our hands from the moment Len took his final walk with us from our house to the Dog Wardens van.
If the offer is turned down we will fight for our right to say goodbye. We cannot bear the thought that Lennox will die without being reminded of the hearts and hands that love him.
** IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE BSL IN ONTARIO. NOW IS THE TIME. THE 3RD READING NEEDS TO HAPPEN!!! WRITE YOUR MPP ***
Let’s Save the Dogs in Ontario that meet the EXACT SAME FATE… many Families aren’t given the chance to Fight… Animal Control can walk right into your Home, Take your Dog because it “looks like a PitBull” and your Dog will be Euthanized before you can comprehend what exactly is going on… It’s up to the OWNER to prove they were Born in 2005 or Later… or to Prove the Dog’s breed. Otherwise they are killed. Period.
Check out Hershey’s Bill 16! They provide all the Info and Stats you could possibly need to make an informed decision.
And once you end up HATING BSL like I do, join in and spread the word! It amazes me how many people in Toronto have no idea what has been happening to these wonderful dogs!!!
My 14yr old Dog Tyson is part Pit Bull…and part Shepherd. I love him. He has never hurt anyone or anything. He has been a joy in our lives, and I couldn’t imagine anyone taking him away from us.
Oh. And if you want to get “Pumped Up” before emailing your MPP … here’s a Video I put together from the 1st and 2nd Reading Rallies at Queens Park! The Very First Image of the Euthanized Pit Bulls is not mine…”borrowed” as it’s been floating around the web when BSL comes up…from my understanding it was taken outside of a shelter once the BSL was passed.