The Belfast court system has upheld a decision to kill Lennox, a family dog with no aggressive past, simply for looking like a “pit bull type” dog. He was seized in May 2010, and sentenced amidst allegations of perjury against the warden testifying against him.
On September 30, 2011, the court has denied his owner’s desperate appeal to save his life. The world has looked on through the process, rallying around Caroline Barnes, his owner, sending letters and emails and offering to relocate Lennox to a region where breed specific legislation is not a factor. His genes prove that, in fact, Lennox is a bulldog/lab mix, not a pit bull, but that matters little in an area that has upheld BSL for fifteen years. Despite public outrage, Lennox has been sentenced to death, and Ms. Barnes will have to explain to her twelve year old that her long time companion will be killed for no reason. The family now has 14 days to lodge a second appeal if they can seach out a legal loophole that may have been overlooked.
Lennox is a martyr in the effort against breed specific legislation. This heart-breaking story can be used to reach the masses and reveal breed specific legislation as the atrocity it is. This is a sad day, the kind of day that can shake a person’s faith in humanity. Like the Alamo, let Lennox be your battle cry as you fight to end breed specific legislation once and for all.