Celebrity dog trainer Mic Martin has dealt with a lot of bully breeds in his time, but he’s never seen any dog act as crazy as the human members of the Belfast City Council.
Martin, who is best known as the star of BBC’s dog training reality show Dog Borstal, says he’s been contacted by countless dog lovers worldwide asking him to weigh in on the case of Lennox–a dog seized from his owner’s home in spite of the fact that he had hurt no one and was safely confined in his owner’s backyard.
Read the full story on Lennox the dog here
Lennox was seized from the home of Caroline Barnes in May 2010 without cause, and is set to die after more than 500 days in prison like conditions because a dog warden states that he showed aggressive behavior in captivity. The warden, Peter Tallack, says Lennox is a banned “pit bull type” dog who lunged at him during his temperment test. Of course, Tallack also reportedly testified in court that dogs should be able to be “hit, pushed around, poked in the eye and shouted at” without reacting back.
Mic Martin, who has trained dogs for films including The Dark Knight and Harry Potter, had these words for the BCC after examing the details of the case:
“As a Dog Trainer of over 2,500 over a 30 year period, I have at times come across some pretty poor decisions when it comes to dogs. The decision of Belfast Council to euthanize Lennox ranks in the top ten worse decisions of all time. Let me get this right its being put to sleep because it jumped up at the warden? Are you all totally mad? We might have to put to sleep about half the dogs in the UK if jumping up is all it takes.”
Martin took particular offense to Tallack’s testimony that he was right to seize the dog because Barnes walks with a limp and was therefore not equipped to handle Lennox.
“I am patron of Support Dogs UK and the statement that because the girl walks with a limp she can’t handle a dog of that size frankly makes me sick. Our clients have bigger dogs and they are in wheel chairs. I my self walk with a limp sustained while on duty as a dog Handler and I worked in the Middle East with the Military. I wear a brace but I can handle any dog.”
Barnes’ 12-year-old daughter Brooke, who suffers from chronic asthma, has reportedly had a sharp decline in health since the dog’s seizure. Her doctor blames the stress of the case. In spite of 15 months of campaigning from the Barnes family and 50,000 supporters on the Save Lennox campaign’s Facebook page, no one has been able to evoke a shred of compassion from any BCC members on behalf of the family or the dog itself. Photographs taken of the animal have shown him to be kept in horrendous conditions.
Martin hopes a little tough talk shake some sense into the Belfast City Councillors, and sent them this message:
“Tell them I’ll go and sort them out if they don’t stop f***ing about with this kids dog…Reverse this decision. It makes no sense. Your ‘expert; makes no sense either. Give the girl her dog back.”
Martin is the latest in a string of celebrities to express their support for the Save Lennox movement, including TV stars Sophia Bush and Ian Somerhalder, supermodel Joanna Krupa, comedian Sinbad and celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell.
See the 1 Million Lights on for Lennox Facebook Page here
The Barnes’ legal team has until October 14th to find a “legal loophole” to invalidate the Belfast City Council’s decision. With less than a week to go, the Save Lennox movement is hoping for a miracle.
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