Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Lennox - why we'll never forget you

The Barnes family were told Lennox was to be killed at 7am this morning - yet four hours later the council still hadn't confirmed that the execution had took place.
Could Belfast City Council be any more cruel?
Here's the general press statement they issued: 

"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."

We have five pages on the Lennox case in the August issue out tomorrow. We show that Belfast City Council refused all approaches for a solution that could have given Lennox one last independent assessment from a world expert, Jim Crosby, who has assessed 30 dogs that have actually killed people rather than just looked like Pit Bulls. Victoria Stilwell had a plan in place to remove Lennox from Northern Ireland, but these offers were not even considered.

Even the handling of Lennox's execution has been extremely poor. 

And is Lennox really such a danger to society that his body can't now be released to his owners for burial?
It's true that passions have run very high in this case, but if you kill an innocent member of someone's family there will be anger and outrage - and every dog lover on the planet can feel that today.
If one or two people have expressed it to individuals who are probably just pawns in this too is a mater for regret.
It is the flawed law and the Council that should bare the guilt and shame.
RIP Lennox. You're in a place now where people hopefully don't judge you on appearance.
I'm sure dog expert Jim Crosby would be able to educate Belfast City Council as what "the most unpredictable and dangerous dogs he had come across" were. And I suspect they are dogs that have actually damaged people. Does the above press statement mean that no one has ever been bitten by a dog in Belfast?
For the record one last time.
No one had ever complained about Lennox.
No one was ever bitten by Lennox.

Let's vow to take some of our emotions on this terrible day and use them to try to change the world so this never happens again. Please write some words about Lennox  and why dogs generally deserve better. Here's my personal thoughts, please do add yours, too...

We may never hear precisely when Belfast City Council killed Lennox and who took the shilling to do it.
The poor dog was guilty until proven innocent as soon as a tape measure decided he was a Pit Bull and then he lost all rights to normal justice.

 

 Illustration by Kevin Brockbank, August 2012 Dogs Today

No visiting rights. Unlike a human on death row, no chance to say goodbye. Locked up for two years away from his family. Not even to be returned to them in death - they were just offered some ashes in the post.
The world has looked on in disbelief and horror.
Victoria Stilwell has been totally magnificent in this crisis and she is still there in Belfast - still fighting for justice until all hope is gone. Expert witness the amazing Sarah Fisher and her husband actor Anthony Head were also at the candlelight vigil for Lennox in Belfast last night and if hopes and prayers could change fate, dog lovers around the world would have given Lennox the miracle he needed.
But despite the most logical clemency pleas that could have saved Belfast's reputation, the Council seemed hell-bent on killing a dog who has never hurt anyone.
We've got five pages on this story in our August issue. Lennox will be a martyr, much more dangerous to the reputation of the judicial system in death than he ever was to the general public while alive.
Breed Specific Legislation is legal prejudice and deserves no place on the statute books of a civilised nation. We'd not agree to racial profiling to label all foreigners with certain physical qualities as terrorists or accept a law that measures a person's biceps to decide if they're likely to be violent in the future.
Looks in this case can kill and it's the innocent that are dying.
Let's fight on together to get rid of pointless laws that don't protect the public and result in dogs like Lennox being posted home in the mail to a family who fought so hard to save their best friend.
RIP Lennox, we'll never forget you and why you died.

Please leave your tribute to Lennox below in the comments section. A virtual book of memories that shows the world we'll never forget.


 Illustration by Kevin Brockbank, August 2012 Dogs Today

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Gemma said...

Poor little boy. I'm lost for words.

Suzanne said...

so sorry lennox, you touched so many people worldwide, run free and RIP

Andrea Newton said...

I hope that all those involved in this truly despicable case realise that there are greater judges than them who they will one day have to stand before.
I hope they are shown the same harsh judgement, lack of compassion and humility when their judgement day comes.
Am so very sorry Lennox, and apologise on behalf of mankind. You were an innocent boy who captured the heart of the world and you will take a little piece of all our hearts with you when you cross the Bridge xxxx

carol bowen said...

run free little boy.
thoughts are with your family xx
this could happen to anyones dog....END BSL NOW

karen thomas said...

Lennox is not alone now but with others in past time's gone, and his spirit stays here with us, to help us carryon. Whilst today the world will mourn him, in time our hearts will mend and the army keep on marching until BSL comes to an end xxxxxxx

Tracey Coyd said...

Dear Lennox i'd never really heard or thought about BSL untill i heard about you, your story has taught me so much about dogs and the law so i thank you and your family for that, it also paved the way for me to get involved in Rescue and start fostering dogs through you i have made many friends you really are one in a million never to be forgotten by this cruel world sleep tight boy now run free xxxxx

sarah planner said...

Sadly no matter what we have done to support you, we have been left wanting. I feel shame for being a human and sadness at our failings. God bless and keep you safe Lennox, in our world or his.

Anonymous said...

I feel shame that all our support has failed and we have been left wanting. God bless and keep you safe Lennox, either in this world or the next.

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Shawn Hailstone said...

I read about Lennox's story and although I am against dangerous dogs being on the street, terrorising our dogs, children and us, it was plain to see that Lennox was a well looked after and well trained dog.
He reminded me of my Labrador who is now just over a year old, I would feel terrible if this happened to him.
Also the way that BCC has dealt with this is awful, the time it has taken, Lennox must have felt so alone all this time.
Shame on BCC.

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Anonymous said...

Run free at the Rainbow Bridge Lennox. I don't think I truly understood the impact of this dreadful law. One image I saw brought it home to me. I stood at the kitchen window in Lennox's home and looked out into the back garden to see a sweet little boxer dog sitting staring at a wall. I asked why she did that and was told she has only done that since Lennox went away. Every other moment she is bouncy and happy but every so often she remembers and is sad. She came back into the kitchen and sat with her head in my lap. I buried my face in the top of her head while the tears ran down my face. This law kills and leaves devastation behind for everyone caught up in it. She missed him. I am sorry for what humans have done but I will do everything I can to stop this law forever. I will never forget you Lennox.

Anonymous said...

God bless you sweet innocent boy. Your a beautiful dog and may God have mercy on those who did this to you. To the Barnes family. I'm sorry. I'm sorry that there are people out there who had no compassion for your family or your boy. God Bless xxx

Cleta said...

Lennox, enjoy Rainbow Bridge and run free with the other fur babies that are there. Much love to you sweetie <3 xoxoxo

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Unknown said...

Lennox, a name synonymous now with Breed Specific Legislation, we have all watched the story unfold, he has touched millions of people worldwide, through him we have learned the appalling reality of BSL, the totally irrational way of deciding what is construed as a Dangerous dog by a few measurements.

They say that the 'experts' use the APBT (American Pitbull Terrier networks)confirmation and characteristics as guidelines for deciding type, but it seems they only pick the bits that are negative, yet it states;

"This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children.".

I hope to God that something postive will come out of all of this, BSL has to be taken off the Law books, we must fight for change or Lennox wont be the last dog we see fighting for his life.

I think this sums it up for all dogs;

The Canine Bill of Rights
I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.
I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.
I have the right to be trained so I do not become the prisoner of my own misbehavior.
I have the right to adequate food and medical care.
I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside of my family.
I have the right to have my needs and wants respected.
I have the right to special time with my people.
I have the right to only be bred responsibly - if not at all.
I have the right to some time and space all my own.
I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.
I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.
I have the right to be forgiven.
I have the right to die with dignity.

Author: Carolyn Krause

Anonymous said...

Run free our hearts are broken may you never forget the ones who loved and fought so hard for you through out this ordeal.

angelnopants said...

You captured the hearts of the whole world
All our voices will be heard
we will fight for your murder to not be in vain
we'll suceed to end Bsl in your name.
Belfast council will regret this day
when they took your precious life away.
they'll pay for their racism and ethnic cleansing
the wrath they'll feel will be never ending.
Lennox run over rainbow bridge happy and free
Safe from harm for eternity

Anonymous said...

rip lennox if you have been failed by human's. my condolences to your family.

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FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS said...

I hope that someone bring them to court for animal cruelty! I feel SO angry. It is murder and there should be an end to the archaic bsl laws and laws need changing I hope that those responsible will one day feel guilt and realise what they have done. It's a terrible day for animal welfare - it highlights people's ignorance & cruelty and how important it is to keep on fighting for our "best friends" who are sentient beings that deserve our respect, love and a voice to protect them from suffering!

Louise Pritchard said...

From the moment I started following Lennox's plight I honestly thought the courts would throw the case out because of the council's mistakes. I also believed that the expert assessments of professional canine behaviourists would trump the council wardens' claims that Lennox was dangerous and unpredictable. Two years later I am sat here numb with shock and anger, unable to comprehend the sheer lack of humanity of Belfast City Council workers. Not only has a law abiding, responsible family been robbed of a beloved pet, but an innocent dog has suffered and lost his life for nothing other than resembling a pit bull. Is Belfast any safer now that Lennox is gone? Absolutely not. Lennox's seizure has done nothing to tackle irresponsible and/or abusive dog ownership. This is the ultimate failing of Breed Specific Legislation: it presumes guilt and persecutes the innocent while ignorant, irresponsible owners continue to overbreed and mistreat dogs. The council will never admit their mistakes, but equally they will never be trusted. Lennox is a martyr and a symbol of our struggle to fight corrupt laws that bring so much suffering and misery to innocent dogs and their owners.

Delilah Cami and mom said...

Lennox I know you never wanted to be a famous martyr. You wanted to be there with your family and little girl. Sorry your innocent being was caged and treated worse then most hardened criminals. You fly over that bridge and know your loved and cherished worldwide. Sorry those pathetic excuses of people wo t let you see your family first. You won't see those mean people again. They don't go where we go. Love ya

Helen Parsons said...

So disillusioned, angered and saddened by the outcome for this gorgeous boy, we will never forget and Lennox has been the catalyst for a more widespread understanding of the cruelty and unfairness of the DDA and Breed Specific Legislation. He is not the only casualty. My heart is heavy and from as far away as I am, I have been deeply affected by his plight and that of those who loved and shared their lives with him. I, for one, will continue to stand against the law that made his murder possible. Run free Lennox, over the rainbow bridge xxx

Cindy's blog master said...

I got a little lost somewhere in the middle, but I take it no one outside of the Belfast Council has seen Lennox in the flesh since he was taken? I've seen some grainy photos showing a hair loss / skin problem, and one with, and one without a docked tail... I'm just wondering if theirs a little more to this story than Belfast CC are prepared to admit to?

Anonymous said...

I keep wanting to write something meaningful and I fear I just do not have the words. Through tears, all I can say is; Lennox, I am sorry. I'm so sorry that you had to see the most disgusting, black hearted side to the human race. I am, however, truly grateful for the loving family you grew up with and the joy you were once able to experience. You may not know it, but you have so much more love than you could have ever asked for and I wish you could have seen it all.

If I am hurting as much as I am, I can not fathom what his family is going through and I hope the support of the world can carry them through it. I'm so dreadfully sorry that you had to watch your son, brother, and friend go through this and leave this world the way that he did. He knows you love him, and he will be there waiting when it's your time to meet again.

Much love.

Anonymous said...

There is something very wrong with all of this. I believe in my heart that Belfast City Council murdered Lennox a long time ago, maybe even before the first court appeal. The whole way this case has been handled is a joke. Not one of the judges ever called for Lennox to be brought to court so his demeanour could be judged first hand. They handed down a death sentence with out thought or care. I tell you it all stinks to high heaven. But remember BCC the wheel is slow but it is very sure, the truth will come out because ye are bound to have a big mouth working for ye that will spill the bean's. The world will continue to wait. Shame on you!!!

Gen said...

Love never dies and that´s what you are, Lennox. I can´t find the right words to describe how I feel.Yo will never be forgotten. You have become an icon and symbol for all of us.We´ll keep on fighting to bring compassion and justice in this nasty world. Rest in Peace, beautiful and brave good boy

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Anonymous said...

I am in tears reading the tributes to a wonderful family and their beautiful dog who was a danger to nobody. I will continue to sign petitions against BSL because although I don't have a restricted breed myself, I believe that all dogs have the right to a good life and I don't believe in bad dogs only bad owners. I believe there has been a conspiracy to cover up something awful that's happened to Lennox. There is no other reason why nobody is allowed see him before he's murdered or why the council won't return his body for burial. My thoughts and prayers are with the Barnes family at this time. I will never forget Lennox and I know that he's in a better place now and hopefully knows how many people fought for his right to life xxx

In the pink said...

no words can describe the injustice done to the family - in life and at his death and to Lennox - condemned for the way he looks - heartbreaking.

In the pink said...

poor, poor dog. 2 years of isolation ending in death alone.

cr happy said...

Free Lennox... You are always in our hearts....we are lennox

Alison Smorthwaite said...

I'm lost for words at this time. Have followed.Lennoxs story for at least a year and cannot believe the injustice.

My thoughts are with his family.

Much love
Alison

Alison Smorthwaite said...

No words.can describe the sadness today, Lennox was never given a chance.

So very sad.

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Anonymous said...

Lennox my heart is broken for u innocent baby and for ur family. Some day u will all meet up again and be happy x x

Laura Patricia said...

They say you have been put to sleep. Perhaps "put to rest" would be a better way to phrase it - incarcerated in a kennel for over two years, you could never have known how hard your family were fighting for you on the outside, or how many friends and supporters you had.

You must have wondered what you'd done wrong, and if you'd ever run free or see your family again.

You are released from that prison to the Rainbow Bridge. RIP Lennox.

Roberta Wade said...

It's one thing for future serial killers to abuse and murder innocent (though never to be condoned in any sense); it's quite another for the elected and appointed government officials in a civilized country to do so in the name of an antiquated law. It makes me ashamed, once again, to be part of the human race and to wonder why the words "human" and "humane" have any similarity at all in print when they have so little in deed. RIP, sweet Lennox, and may you and your family finally be at peace.

Anonymous said...

Run free at Rainbow Bridge dear Lennox. You will no longer suffer & shall be able to look over and be with your loved ones all day, every day.
You will play happily and safely there. One day, you will hear your loved ones crossing over and at that time you will go to them. You will cross over with them, to be together forever.
You are and were dearly loved and shall remain in ALL our hearts forever.
May Angels watch over you and your loved ones always. Your passing will not be in vain special boy.

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julie butler said...

Human failed you, they had no right to take your life! you will shine through the eyes of others, your story must be told and never forgotten so your life was not in vain.RIP sweet boy.

Dominique said...

I can not express how I feel right now. My heart is torn and saddened for innocent Lennox and his family. The world we live in is inhumane. Rip baby boy. Xxx

Me, Myself and I said...

RIP Lennox

I'm sorry you have been treated so unfairly, you captured everyones hearts and sadly we couldn't save you. My thoughts are with you family today. BSL must end it's so unfair!

Run Free at the Rainbow Bridge sweetheart xxx

Jan said...

I cannot write what is in my heart but I have never cried so much for an animal I never met as for this innocent Boy.
So sorry Lennox that certain 2 legged animals let you down so badly. I cannot begin to imagine the confusion you have suffered.
Bless you sweet Boy now you are free from further torture explore and play at the Bridge and know that you are loved by so many. xx

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Penny said...

So sorry we could not save you Lennox - you touched the hearts of so many people around the world. I'm haunted by the fact that in your final moments the last thing you saw was only unfriendly faces and not the faces of your beloved owners who were not allowed to hold you and tell you how much they loved you. Run free little innocent one in doggie heaven where there are no hard cold concrete floors xx

Lynn said...

I suspect that the belfast City Council are delaying the announcement as the 12th and 13th July are public bank holidays in Northern Ireland, and they must be hoping that an announcement late on today will mean that when they come back after their break that all of this will have gone away.

They are misguided in the belief that this will go away, Belfast will never be able to call itself an animal loving city ever again.

If they have indeed killed Lennox he will shine as a beacon forever more and his treatment at the hands of a dog loving nation will go down in history.

To Lennox I am sorry that your last few years of life were spent in a place where you did not know love. Know that you were loved by a whole world full of people who supported you to the bitter end. You will not die in vain and we will never forget you.

May God forgive all of those who played a part in allowing this to happen.

Mandy Mitchell said...

Im so sorry that you were treated this way Lennox... We tried so hard to save you. We really did. RIP sweet boy... You never deserved what those monsters did to you, but they will pay in the long run. Run free at Rainbow Bridge. You will never be forgotten...

Julie said...

RIP Lennox,

The campaign to end BSL will continue in your name .. to this end Belfast City Council will never be able to forget your name as it will be there in front of them every time BSL is mentioned.

You will become the Martyr no one will forget Lennox

Huskymomma said...

Such a disgusting waste of life.
The legislation tied to dangerous dogs needs changing. Instead of using a tapemeasure they should be using DNA testing. I know we are advanced enough to be able to do this now!
To those opposed to the case, remember it could well be your favourite breed next.
Rest In Peace sweet boy, run free over the bridge. xxx

Anonymous said...

Heartbroken. Words cannot even begin to describe the injustice you have been dealt... people are the real animals here... you touched the lives of so many people who loved you for you..
Rest in peace Lennox, gone but never forgotten...

Anonymous said...

Dear Lennox... I never met you, but for you this morning I held my own dog close and whilst reading what I have this morning my heart didn;t break - it tore... Sorry will never justify what happened to you and your people... May the black hearted animals who were involved in your incarceration forever question 'who was the dangerous animal in this case' Rest easy brave puppy - you were loved more than you'll ever know... xxx

Richard Bos said...

Dear Lennox,

You have touched the hearts of millions around the world, and we shall never forget you.

Your story has exposed the raw inhumanity of human beings blinded by ignorance, that causes them to hurt others, both human and animal.

You have opened many people's eyes to the stupidity of judging the character of man or beast by their looks, and to the dangers of following rules no matter how ridiculous they are, even though they have been shown to be so.

Hundreds of thousands of people have stood up for you, and for justice. That is a big thing, and we all thank you for that.

Your spirit is now free from your tortured body, but it lives on in the hearts of your family, and all those people you have never met, but you know (as all dogs know)that they are your best friends.

With love,

Richard

Yvonne P said...

No justice for Lennox, a dog taken from his family, imprisoned and killed. Even when people are excuted, they are allowed a goodbye visit, their family get their body to bury, it helps with the grieving process. Shame on BCC, their judgement day will come, if not on in this world in the next. All dog owners need to fight this dangerous dog act, any breed can be placed on it, and your dog could be next. We will keep fighting for Justice for all dogs, if Lennox was a person, this would be discrimination!!!

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Lennox so sad, so sorry. Hope that your loving family can find peace from the anguish and thoughts are with them. I pray that this case will lead to review and reform achieved only through peacful protest

Anonymous said...

So sorry the world could not save you, Lennox. Two years of hell at the hands of abusers, but at least you can now be at peace. My heart is heavy today, knowing that humans can act so primitively! Why have they been allowed to get away with the way you have been treated? Why could your family not be with you for your final moments? To the Barnes family: You have shown dignity, strength and loyalty to your boy throughout your living nightmare. I hope you can take comfort in the knowledge that the WORLD was on yours and Lennox's side. I am sure Belfast City Council will suffer endless repercussions for their dispicable actions. END BSL!!!! :'(

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Anonymous said...

Shameful .. Unjustifed .... Run free .. You will be reunited one day with your family again . And then no one can hurt you ......

Jennifer said...

Since this came to my attention it has broke my heart. I have written where I have been told to write and I have spread the word. This law is a discrimination against a dog - a family pet. A tape measure can determine if you live? What crap is that. I think the BCC knows they did some wrong things and won't stand up to it - I hope there is a full investigation. I hope the morally correct human beings stand up for Lennox even if he isn't here to tell the inside story.

My heart goes out to the family and the poor little girl who has lost her helper.
I am an animal lover to the core and we need to keep marching on to get rid of BSL.

Cross the rainbow bridge Lennox and run free where no one can harm you and it is always playtime!
xxx

Anonymous said...

Rip Lennox how ashamed bcc should be over their cruel treatment of both Lennox + his family, my thoughts are with you. Run free little boy over rainbow bridge

Debbie Apted said...

So sad for the family and Lennox after a long 2 years. RIP lovely Lennox. Run free forever your life will not have been in vain this cannot be allowed to continue.


Disgraceful handling of this affair by Belfast CC not least the fact the family couldn't say goodbye to their beloved pet or even have his body returned to them. Why ever not?


Belfast will be remembered for this for a long, long time.


Prayers and thoughts for Lennox and his family. X

Claire said...

Sweet Lennox. Run free big lad. You were loved by so many, yet it took a small minority to take your life away. Many a tear has been shed across the world today for you. The fight to end BSL will go on. Your memory and legacy will live on. Have fun at Rainbow Bridge.

Phil Terrett said...

Sad, sad and wrong, sad and wrong and inhuman.

whitbywoof said...

Lennox has been ‘dispatched’ now.

Much as I hate to say it, at least poor Lennox is out of his misery. He should never have been allowed to suffer like this. If his family had kept him in the conditions that the Council kept him they would have been prosecuted for cruelty.

This whole case is disgusting.

Charlee said...

I am close to being speechless. I am heart broken. I can not understand why these heartless laws and rules were created to harm instead of help. Lennox - Forever on my mind and in my heart, thank you for all you did sweet pup.

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Jayne said...

I have no idea how the council can justify their actions.

Everyone makes mistakes but it's how you then correct them that matters, it appears way too many people refused to admit their mistake which lead to the death of a dog who's crime was no more than to look similar to a dangerous dog!?. Whatever happened to needing proof?
The people involved in this should be ashamed.

My heart goes out to the family and may they find at least some peace knowing they did everything they could to help a much loved family pet.
R.I.P Lennox

Ruth Gallagher said...

This is just so sad, unfair and unjust. There has been no justice here, just waste - a waste of time, money and a life.

If you are really gone, Lennox, then at least you are free of the terrible conditions you have been kept in for the past 2 years - being kept away from your family, from those who love you dearly.

Breed Specific Legislation is just a waste of time, tax payers' money, and lives. It needs to end. We need a Responsible Dog Owners Act, not a Dangerous Dogs Act. We need the emphasis to be put onto those who cause their dogs to be a risk to others.

Lennox was not a dangerous dog, so who was being protected by his removal and destruction?

Anonymous said...

I know how hard everyone fought to save Lennox, a very special dog but there are many, many other dogs out there that also need the same energy and love.The world is a cruel abusive place if you are an animal. There are many animal charities that need your help PLEASE continue to support them in Lennox's name. If everyone who supported this caused could donated a small amount in Lennox's name, we could make a BIG difference. Let something positive come from this terrible tragedy.RIP Lennox

Anonymous said...

RIP little boy. You've gone to the big kennel in the sky far too soon. A very sad day for everyone but especially your family. Love & sincere thoughts to all at this tragic time. Belfast city council should be ashamed of themselves

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Anonymous said...

There are no words to ease the pain and suffering felt by the Barnes family as a result of the vicious and unjust behavior of the BCC...Lennox and his family are victims of an unjust law and callous elected officials...the death of Lennox is not the end but a beginning...my heart breaks that he died without being able to feel loving arms around him but he is free forever now...thanks to the hundreds of thousands who spoke for him...

Anonymous said...

This is Discusting!!! That poor boy has never caused harm to no one, an we have people like you who do this! Do I same to you I think! I have a Staffordshire bull terrier, and she wouldn't hurt a fly. It's how they are brought up not the breed........about time people realised that. Rip Lennox xxx

RhonaL said...

I was born in Northern Ireland in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast. I have always defended the people of NI during the Troubles trying to get people to see both sides of the conflict. But now I realise why so many people died. Pig headedness and pride. Lennox is a victim of the ongoing stupidity and rigidity. I am so sorry for his family. RIP. I will NEVER call myself Northern Irish again and my advice to anyone sane living there is get out. Rhona Light, happily living in Somerset.

Anonymous said...

Words cannot express how I feel right now.
Rest in peace dear Lennox free to cross the rainbow bridge. Run free beautiful boy.
So sorry we could not help you but your name lives on. We will fight on. My thoughts are with the family x

RhonaL said...

I was born in Belfast and have often defended the Protestant view point when people were discussing the Troubles. But I now understand why so many people died needlessly - rigidity, stupidity and inability to intellectually evaluate information. RIP Lennox and my thoughts go out to the Barnes family. What an example for children. I will no longer call myself Northern Irish and my advice to anyone who lives there is leave as soon as you can. Rhona Light, happily living in Somerset.

Tina and Chandi said...

Everyone who has a dog in their life should be very afraid. There is no justice or fair treatment. R.I.P Lennox and wishing your family peace - they truly love you, and love *never* dies.

Tracy Neil said...

Dear Lennox, you were not alone when you died, thousands of hearts were with you in spirit. I hope you could feel them and it gave you some comfort. My sincerest condolences to your heartbroken family, who put up such a long, hard fight to try and save you. Rest in peace, sweetheart, enjoy your time at the Bridge as you wait for your family who never stopped loving you.

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Karen Scott said...

I am totally gutted for lennox and his family and all those who loved him. It is unhuman how they have been treated and to not even get to say goodbye.. words fail me.. What are Belfast City Council trying to hide?!

trollop brown said...

I find this so disgraceful. I am so hurt to hear this news, I felt sure that he would be saved and I was very wrong!! I hope he is in peace now, running free from his cage of 2 years and I send my deepest sympathy to his owners for they shall never forget this. <3

Liz said...

Having worked many years in a senior position in a large Local Authority (but now running a pub!) I am able to look at local Councils much more dispassionately, and I am afraid nothing they do surprises me anymore. When you are within an organisation such as this there is an unspoken air of being completely and utterly in charge and high handedness rules. You are invincible and unaccountable!

However, I am sure even they will be unprepared for the backlash of feeling that will undoubtedly follow this travesty of human nature and justice. Had this dog savaged someone then the outcome was right to be that he was put down - but he didn't. Not only that, there was a plan to 're-patriate' him to a home outside of this country!

He in my humble opinion did not deserve this death sentence, the Council have behaved in an appallingly shoddy and insensitive,inhumane manner.

The world will NOT mourn hiom, because frankly most people won't give a shit! But dog lovers will be sad that a little being has been sacrificed on the cross of administration and the stroke of some pen pushers pen - we can only hope that the seconds it took him to die were swift and painfree.

What can be done is that there should be far more stringent rules for owning animals in particular the dogs with a supposedly 'bad name' - as with children and their behaviour it is not the dogs, but the owners who are so poor at looking after them!

Liz Hore - Devon

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Anonymous said...

Heartbroken for Lennox and the Barnes family; grateful for the compassion and unrelenting efforts of the 200,000+ people, especially Victoria Stilwell and other celebrity animal activists who brought attention to Lennox's plight; hopeful that Lennox's death will not be in vain, but rather a call to action against BSL across the globe. He is the face of BSL injustice. Praying Lennox is watching from above and sees how many people loved him and fought tirelessly to bring him his god-given right to freedom. Rest in peace, angel boy Lennox. You're free now.

J. Michaels said...

There are no words to describe what I'm feeling. Mad, sad, angry. This should have never happened. Someone at work this morning asked me why I was crying, and I told them, they didn't really say anything, but I could tell they thought I was overreacting. Overreacting? No! Better to have a wounded heart, a hurting heart then to feel for nothing care for nothing! "Lennox, we love you forever, run free now, we will never ever forget you.

Sara Morgan said...

I still can't believe they killed you Lennox. You were a beautiful boy who had never hurt or threatened anyone and you will always be in my heart. I will help fight to end BSL as it is a cruel and worthless piece of law which has no place in our modern world. If you were human then Belfast CC would be called racist and this wouldn't have been allowed to happen. Run free now gorgeous boy, we will never forget or stop loving you.

Anonymous said...

http://www.petitiononline.com/JR379/petition.html

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Joanna Henderson said...

This is such a sad day. As I hug my dogs this morning I just can not imagine what his family must be feeling. If my own heart is breaking so much and I never even knew him personally, how much more can his own family be hurting. I look at his pictures and see only a sweet precious boy who lost his life because of the way he looked. He was so beautiful and did not deserve this.I will always love you Lennox. I know you are there at the rainbow Bridge running and playing in the sun and the lush green grass with all those that went before you. I have many there. Please tell them Mommy loves them. Be happy Lennox. You will see your family again.

shewalksdogs said...

Run free at the Rainbow bridge Lennox...Run free.

Anonymous said...

The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was check to see the fate of Lennox. When I saw the tragic news, I started to cry. Immediately, my dog (a rescue) came to my side and started to nuzzle me in an attempt to dry my eyes. Dogs are so special, they deserve so much better. Thank you so much Victoria Stilwell and every person who attempted to rescue Lennox. We need more people like you. My heart goes out to his family.

Kolo Martin said...

It is actually impossible to say what I feel its just so awful I can't put it into words.

Detta_Lalla said...

I've been criying all day long. i've a pitbull identical to lennox. she is love of my life and i cab't stand such a horrible injustice. luckly here in italy there is no breed descrimination for dogs. Pitbulls are the most sweet and huma-oriented dogs i've evere met. Irish law is stupid and repulsive. BLAME HUMANS NOT THE BREED

Carolyn Powell said...

Lennox, your family and the world fought on your behalf and even though you've paid the ultimate price, we'll make sure no other dog and his family will suffer because of BSL. You'll live in our hearts and minds, beautiful boy.

rdkizziah said...

Precious Lennox, I know you are safe in Heaven. Know that we all tried so hard for you, and we love you very much. We will see you again one day.

puppyfur said...

The cruelty and lack of logic or humanity exhibited by BCC is breathtaking. BSL must end, and we must all do our part to help end it. To Lennox: Those who give love and expect nothing in return will have their reward in heaven. Sleep peacefully, sweet boy. To his family: May you find the strength to deal with this horrific blow and may you find peace in knowing Lennox did not die in vain.

Louis Cj.lim said...

Lennox , your story has reached Malaysia, I'm full with tears as i read Lennox's story, my two dogs were also brutally killed by the heartless city council .

Louis Cj.lim said...

Lennox , your story has reached Malaysia, I'm full with tears as i read Lennox's story, my two dogs were also brutally killed by the heartless city council .

Jim Cowan said...

Bless you Lennox. You are now in a place where people cannot harm you. Rest in Peace.

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malala128 said...

RIP sweet innocent baby Lennox. Humans have failed you once again, in the most unjust and brutal way --Murder!! We will never forget and we must continue to fight so you didn't die in vain. You were loved by so many and you had brought all of us from around the world together for this common cause -- End BSL and DDA! We love you, little boy.. run free now in rainbow bridge with your friends who would never hurt you!

malala128 said...

RIP baby Lennox.. humans have failed you again in the most brutal way -- murder you! we wont forget! we will continue to fight in your name! the saddest day....beyond words

Riley Parker said...

Enjoy your freedom Lennox it's time play. Lots of love xxx

Lesli Hamilton/ USA said...

Dear sweet Lennox, You didn't do a damn thing wrong. You were & are & always will be the most precious & loved dog. You didn't want to be a martyr but they made you one. Yours is a story for the world to tell. About the messed up minds of those who are in power & their inability or unwillingness to make right a horrible wrong. Those who sit on council, as we speak, all have blood on their hands. Because of you I pray that these same people will lose that power & better, more qualified persons will replace them through vote. Yours is a powerful story of powerful people doing hideous things

NIkki Gozzett said...

We have been planning a peaceful protest against BSL in various places around the uk on Sat 14th July
This day will be more important then ever, this evil law has to be stopped.
I was hoping to share good news on the day for the lennox supporters, but it's seems we will all shed a tear for Lennox.
I will never understand why the family couldn't say goodbye or even why he had to go ...

@Nellie_ESS said...

Rest in Peace, sweet Lennox. You did not deserve the horrible ending you received at the hands of the cruel and inhumane BCC. Your story has touched many throughout the world, including here in the US, and you will not be forgotten. We will continue to fight the harsh law that ultimately took your life, and we will do it in your honor and memory!! We love you Lennox.....
Betsy Kiehl, North Carolina, USA

Vonnie said...

Run free Lennox. You are free from those despicable humans who held you captive! You can watch over your family now - who love, miss and fought for your life to be spared so so much. x

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Doggirl said...

When I was at school I was taught about the Nazis and how people were butchered due to the way they looked. I found this disgraceful. I have to say that breed standard legislation reminds me of this so much. The people enforcing it clearly do not look at the dog and it's personality, nor the people who love it and will be affected by it's removal, such as young children who call it their best friend. The people who enforce it look at the colour of the coat, the shape of the body and decide whether or not the animal should live. Now to me, the very idea of putting animals to sleep for something like that is ridiculous considering that even if a person is suffering and in immense pain we are not allowed to relieve them but we can relieve animals. Do we as humans, honestly believe that we have the right to make these choices? Before we learned to talk and create laws and politics, nature decided who lived and died, why have we now decided we are capable of this choice as well? For those who have forgotten, let me remind you that when you strip humans down we are mammals, animals. Nothing more, just because we have evolved into something that works for us does not make us any mightier. Lennox was not just an animal or a dog. He was a child's pet, he was part of a family, he was a best friend, a confident, a protector, a playmate, someone to cuddle on sad days and run round the park with on happy days. He was loved and in killing him you may have just broken millions of hearts, as people can relate to love a lot more than they can to brutal acts. My sympathies are, and always will be, with his family. "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." -Billings Others like me will agree and I for one cannot stand breed standard legislation and only hope that Lennox's journey is a wake up call to all, you never know which breed will be on the list next.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me. - Martin Niemöller

Bygonya W said...

I don't really have the appropriate words, and even though it will never do him or his plight justice I will say what's on my mind. I believe Lennox was either killed long ago or in such bad shape that it would do them more harm to let the world see him than to kill him; there is no othet explanation for them not even giving his body to the family; do they think he's gonna come back from the dead and maul someone. No they did something and are trying to cover it up THAT is what this is about; think about it no one can figure out what they did if they give the family his ashes, that is if the ashes are even his. Either way I would say to anyone in Belfast or Ireland or any place with a DDA or BSL law who has a dog, "please get out lest someone measure your dog, decide it's dangerous, take it from you, torture it for however long, then murder it". If bad people decide they like some other 'type' of dog and start raising that 'type' to be aggressive then it will be that 'type' next. Furthermore I would like to point out, as I know many already have, that this is racism, pure and simple. Please everyone don't stop fighting there are so many other dogs going through this Lennox caught the worlds attention, but he is not by any means the only one, and all the others are just as deserving as Lennox. We must not give up this fight; Lennox must be remembered, and that means doing whatever we must for however long it takes to stop this for good. Also people should be aware that this is not the only way in which animals are wronged there is many ways animal testing, kill shelters, puppy mills, and circuses just to name a few; believe me there is almost no end to the ways that man finds to torture or torment his fellow being. Just had to put that out there I sincerely did not mean to shift the attention from Lennox. Oh yes I would also like to address those of you who say this would be just if he had hurt someone: above I equated this to racism. I think a dog attacking someone should be equated with a human attacking someone. Do we kill people when they attack someone? No we do not; we put them somewhere in hopes that they will be rehabilitated (how we hope to achieve that in the environment that a jail provides is beyond me, but that is for another time) I don't see how anyone thinks we shouldn't afford an animal the same common decency; especially since they are almost always, if not always, (in my opinion always, but either way) innocent. Not to mention the fact that the irresponsible owners/breeders, who cause the dogs to be aggressive and attack, aren't killed quite to the contrary they get "a slap on the wrist" as they say. So even if Lennox had attacked someone this would not be Ok or just or anything of the sort. However I do stress the fact that he didn't do anything to anyone, which just adds to my earlier stated belief that they are trying to cover up something they did.

To the family: I am truly sorry for what you have been through, and will continue to go through, thank you for fighting as long and hard as you did.

To Lennox: I hope you aren't somehow still alive being tortured somewhere; you will forever be in my heart and in the hearts of many who fought so hard to save you; we will continue this fight so your 'type' and all 'types' will hopefully, one day, be able to live without fear of breed or ' type' discrimination. May you be in the loving arms of your humans again some day. Have fun with Tony and all the other victims of human cruelty. Gone too soon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db-NukNM_9s&feature=youtube_gdata_player
R.I.P. sweet Lennox♥♥♥

Bygonya W.

Peter Arronsen said...

I don't agree with the death penalty but must oppose the use of the word "executed". This was unnecessary killing, we generally call that "murder".

Poor Lennox, you touched us all. I hope you're at peace and that those, who killed you, will realise their fault, change their views and find peace also.

Karl said...

Please don't let the feelings we all have fade, In Lennox's name me must fight to stop this happening again.

Karl said...

We must not let the feelings we all have now fade, In Lennox's name we must fight to stop this happening again.

Nat R said...

I'm not sure I even know what to say about this, I'm just so gutted. All the comments, postings, emails from all of us all over the world and still BCC behaved despicably.

I hope there is a full and independent investigation into this case as I can't shake the feeling there is a huge, disgusting cover up going on here unfortunately :(

RIP Lennox, you poor, sweet, innocent, beautiful boy x

Carol Mouncey said...

A sad and depressing outcome after a passionate, determined effort by so many people to try and save Lennox. Belfast City Council has shown itself to be totally arrogant when it could easily have shown some humanity and taken up the offers to rehome Lennox. BSL needs serious re-examination before another much-loved pet dog and it's owners are subjected to the cruelty and injustice that Lennox and his owners were. RIP Lennox, just wish so much that we could have helped to save you.

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clare bayliss said...

GOD BLESS LENNOX YOU HAD THE SUPPORT OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE I WILL PERSONALLY MAKE SURE THIS SHAMEFUL TRAVESTY SHALL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN IN YOUR NAME DEAR BOY MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE BARNES FAMILY AND THAT POOR CHILD BROOKE WHO LOST HER DOGGIE FRIEND LENNOX THINKING OF YOU. CLARE BAYLISS X

clare bayliss said...

GOD BLESS LENNOX THIS POOR DOG HAD HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS AND STILL HAS. THIS CASE WAS A TRUE TRAVESTY AND A COMPLETE INJUSTICE AGAINST LENNOX I WILL PERSONALLY IN LENNOXS NAME NEVER LET THIS SHOCKING DECISION BE FORGOTTEN MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE BARNES FAMILY AND TO A LITTLE GIRL BROOKE WHO LOST HER DOGGIE FRIEND LENNOX. CLARE BAYLISS

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Elizabeth McCann said...

What a sad end for Lennox, while I hoped and prayed his life would be spared something always told me that the council were hell bent on destroying him. His fate was sealed on that May day he was taken from his family. His owner Caroline Barnes started a world wide campaign to have her family dog returned to her and to highlight the cruel unjust BSL. Victoria Stillwell worked so hard to save Lennox and her tireless campaign has own her many many admirers. The whole saga stinks, tghe council is corrupt, they have treated the Barnes family in a despicable manner. Dog lovers around the world are horrified at the actions of belfast city council. Dear Lennox you did not deserve the cruel treatment that was meted out to you. Stolen from your family, held in a concrete pen, stressed and alone. So dangerous your poor little body could not be returned to your home. I hope you are at peace and somehow somewhere you feel the love that surrounds you, you were precious in life and will be an inspiration in death in the hope to end the cruel law that took your life away.

mel said...

Appalled, disgusted, deeply saddened and horrified that an innocent dog has been incarcerated and murdered by Belfast City Council. My heart goes out to the Barnes family. I cannot believe that BCC went ahead and put Lennox to sleep despite being given every opportunity to "save face" and rehome him overseas. I will NEVER visit Belfast and hope that those people responsible are brought to justice. R.I.P Lennox xx

Leigh 'Ice' Foster said...

Our beloved Lennox, you were able to bring the world together to fight for you. If only we could do that more often, the world would be a much better place. Now we will fight to prevent this from happening to others like you. The world loved you dearly and we all feel the pain of your loss. We will take that pain and put it toward ending BSL and DDA world wide. You are with Mercy now and you now know how much you were loved. Pawz up sweet boy.

Hilary said...

No words can express the sadness I feel. I am heartbroken. Despite all of hard efforts to save you, these cruel "people" did not respond. The only peace is that you are running wild and free in Heaven. Please know your story is not over... This is only the beginning. I will continue to fight for you and those like you. Please know that we are your voice and we will not be silenced.

Rest in peace sweet baby at the Rainbow Bridge <3

Liz G said...

Beloved Lennox i am heartbroken and so many tears for you sweet little guy,i just pray that you had a kind caring person with you at the end to hold you and let you know you were LOVED!!!! You will always be in my heart and i will think of you each day as i am going to buy a rose bush to plant in my garden in memory of you.Your suffering is over and now the ANGELS will take care of you and you will never be lonely again as you can run free with all the other pets and animals including my beloved 3 cats.Rest In Peace sweetheart,so sorry you suffered so much at the hands of cold hearted humans.YOU are loved sweet Lennox,gone to soon but never forgotten.Bless you for all you have been through.Love You always LENNOX.Love Liz Xx

Amy said...

Lennox, the dog that belonged to the world. You will be missed by us all.

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Jo B said...

I am still fuming about this whole debacle. The way Belfast County Council has acted is atrocious. I can't even begin to imagine how the family is feeling. Just hope the poor dog rests in peace now.

Lorraine said...

Poor Lennox and his family, I'm heartbroken for them. I've been following their stiry for the whole 2 years and devastated with the outcome. Shame on you Belfast City Council, you had so many options to save him and save face yet you chose to kill Lennox anyway. People wont forget this BCC!

Mandy said...

I'm absolutely gutted - the suffering poor Lennox and his family have endured and then to end like this. There should be an inquiry into the way BCC have acted - we need to try to ensure this never happens to another single dog. We must fight, in Lennox' memory, to get BSL revoked.

Run free now, beautiful Lennox. My heartfelt thoughts are with the Barnes family.

Christopher Day MRCVS said...

It is tragic that a much-beloved creature who appears to have done no harm should be treated in this way. To the outsider, it appears that Lennox was treated in a way in which no animal should be treated, whatever the supposed justice or injustice of the outcome.
For Lennox's sake and for the sake of the poor Barnes family, we need truth. We also need to look again at the legislation to examine it for fitness for purpose.
Tragically, nothing can bring Lennox back and my sympathies are with the Barnes family. I hope the mass expression of grief has brought some comfort to a badly-tortured family.
The process by which this tragic incident unfolded should be the subject of official scrutiny. If the BCC and all involved in Lennox's last two years are innocent of any wrongdoing, let's show the world and clear their names. If not, let them be answerable. These are public servants who should be 100% transparent.

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Anonymous said...

The totally cruel BCC will never be voted for again, and perhaps some journalist could pick up the story and do some investigation.
I cannot believe that they did this. I live in Belfast, and so ashamed of what they did. That beautiful dog, and the way that they will not even give the family back the body. I don't understand this law, he had not done a thing wrong, and some horrible person decided on his fate. Was there not one dog lover amongst the criminal justice system here. Poor Lennox is gone, and I think that he will be remembered by us all every day. My thoughts and love are with the family, as they fought long and hard to save their darling dog.... x

Anonymous said...

WHY BOTHER HAVING SHELTERS,, IF YOUR JUST GONNA CHOOSE TO UNJUSTLY KILL AN ANIMAL BECAUSE OF ITS BREED ?? THOUGHT SHELTERS WERE SET UP TO PROTECT ANIMALS FROM CRUELITY AND ABUSE??? REST IN PEACE LENNOX SO SORRY SOME COULD NOT SEE YOUR VALUE TO OTHERS,, JUST THERE OWN SELF GRATIFICATION OF POWER :(

Elsie Au said...

Run free and be happy as the way you are supposed to be, sweet boy. No one can hurt you now. I am so sorry how some humans took away your joy and your life. One thing I know for sure, you have more people love you than the whole BCC combined. I will always remember and love you.

Michaela Peters said...

RIP LENNOX! I'm sad that poor creatures called human used their poor power to blow your life out, like a candle in the wind. You showed them love everyday, never did anything wrong, you showed them with hanging on to your life, the faith you have in human kind, which I truly believe you never lost even when separated from your family. You will always be on our hearts and we will fight for your justice! You did capture many hearts around the world, be happy over the Rainbow Bridge, my little furry Friend!

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Anonymous said...

So sorry,Lennox.So sorry.I'm heartbroken.

Anonymous said...

So sorry Lennox, I'm heartbroken.

spirit-bride said...

Lennox your fight is over, but it has just begun for all the other dogs like you. We shall not stop! You are happy now with Jesus and all the other animals in heaven!

spirit-bride said...

We love you Lennow, and we won't stop fighting for all the dogs in shelters!

daniela per gli amici giunela said...

Ora sei finalmente in pace, lontano dal genere umano così perfido. Riposa in pace, angelo peloso.

Anonymous said...

Important NEW information via all Lennox supporters who are NOT happy with what has occurred to poor Lennox.
Please Email Channel 4 To Request Belfast City Council is Investigated! The whole Lennox Story Does Not Add Up!
Has there been a Cover Up? We want answers.

CHANNEL 4 HAVE SAID IF THEY GET ENOUGH
EMAILS WANTING THE BCC TO BE INVESTIGATED...THEY
WILL CONSIDER IT..... dispatches@channel4.co.uk
PLEASE START EMAILING AND SHARE !!

Thankyou so much.
Sorry I am posting as Anonymous, I can't get the others to work, my name is Ruth Smith

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Anonymous said...

RIP Lennox. You are at Rainbow Bridge now. You were a good dog & a sweet boy, who did nothing wrong. You did not deserve your fate. Iam just so sorry that some stubborn cold-hearted people were in control of your fate. Many others of us fought very diligently for your freedom, to no avail. My condolences to the pet parents & family of Lennox, I feel your pain & empathize deeply. I am so sorry!

MARIA SONIA ESTRADA said...

ADIOS , LENNOX . VICTIMA INOCENTE DEL GENERO HUMANO . SEGUIMOS QUERIENDOTE Y NUNCA TE OLVIDAREMOS .

Ginger Geronimo said...

I am so sickened by this! Lennox never did anything to hurt anyone. The injustice is not describable. There was no need for any of this to have ever happened. We will never forget what happened to Lennox & we will fight to make sure that he didn't die in vain!!!

Anonymous said...

What more can I add, it's all been said so well already. RIP Lennox and God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Lennox, you did nothing wrong. You were murdered for the prejudice of a cruel and inhumane society. You might have been killed long ago, but still suffered so terribly. God will keep you safe now that you have passed the Rainbow Bridge. Just know that you have touched many people throughout the world and we will forever keep you in our hearts and prayers, along with your loving family. God will take care of those who have harmed you.
Lynne Gordon-Watson

Anonymous said...

It is my humble opinion that an official petition to end with breed discrimination should be presented to not only Belfast but to all the Northern Ireland. There is one running around which is great, with the better intentions but not Belfast or NI is mentioned specifically. There must have been more "Lennoxes" killed in shelters before.... To present a proposition, it most be done the right way, through the appropriate chanels & it must specified what it is about, details and to whom is directed. There is a petition running around directed to the whole world, full of love but that will be diluted in time because it is addressing no one on the text and in any case, not one country only could take decisions for other countries. - Different thing is that NI is a member of the EU, that the EU embraced the " LISBON TREATISE" and that through the relations of it's animal related intitutions, groups, vet Assocs, vet universities, labs for animal produtcs , animal products manufacturers & by joining institutions like the OIE, WSPA, FECAVA, BVA, FVE, WSAVA, WTO,WHO and a long etc.... are compromised and enthusiastic to achieve the status of WELFARE for ALL the animals and people in the world. It is not our idea, it is -their- idea and it is already in action. When the problem of Romania, the EU said that they could not interfere, that some countries have their own laws etc..... Today euthanasia is unconstitutional in Romania. After that, changing in the farm animal policies that were said would not change, are changing thanks to the ideals and compromises of the EU and the will of the citizens(under a democratic status)that do not want cruelty or vicious killing of animals in the union.

Or it is a union or it is not, or NI is compliant with the ideals and purposes of the union regarding welfare towards animals or it is not, or the WELFARE PURPOSE is real or it is not.

ELAINE AL MEQDAD said...

LENNOX: YOU WERE THE WORLDS HERO DOG SO STOUT AND BRAVE AS YOU WERE IMPRISONED SO UNJUSTLY AND CRUELLY. YOU WILL FOREVER REMAIN WITH US IS SPIRIT AND HEART! IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU THAT MANY ANIMALS WILL NOW BE SAVED THAT DID NOT STAND A CHANCE. THE LAWS WILL HAVE TO CHANGE AS THE WHOLE WORLD ROOTED AND FOUGHT VEHEMENTLY FOR YOUR SAFE RELEASE.....IT WAS NOT TO BE AS I BELIEVE FULLY THAT GOD HAD OTHER PLANS FOR YOU AND THAT WAS IT WAS TIME TO GO BACK HOME TO HIM AND REALLY BEGIN A LIFE ETERNALLY OF REALLY LIVING THE GOOD LIFE THAT YOU SO DESERVE. AND NOW YOU ARE WHOLE AGAIN WITH A MORE BEAUTIFUL COAT OF HAIR THAN ONE COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE, WITH NO ONE TO EVER HURT YOU AGAIN. AND YOU ARE WHOLE, HEALTH AND YOUNG ONCE MORE, BECAUSE YOU ARE WITH GOD AND YOU SHALL NEVER WANTNOT LACK FOR ANYTHING AGAIN. ESPECIALLY LOVE! ALL OF US WHO FOUGHT SO HARD FOR YOU...YOU NOW KNOW! AND I KNOW YOU ARE NOW ABLE TO SEE ALL WHO REALLY AND TRULY LOVED YOU. THERE ARE NO RIP'S FOR YOU LENNOX, BECAUSE YOU ARE RUNNING AND PLAYING AND HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE IN YOUR REAL FOREVER HOME! AND ONE DAY MY SWEET AND PRECIOUS PUP...YOU WILL GET TO MEET ALL OF US WHO LOVE YOU!
WITH EVERY BIT OF LOVE IN ME FOR YOU AND ALL THE HERO'S LIKE YOU.I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND FOREVER YOU WILL REMAIN IN MY HEART!

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Aijae524 said...

R.I.P. Lennox .... Hope you are rewarded at last.

Stephens Family said...

Dear Lennox, you will always be remembered and we will always fight to stop breed discrimination. RIP dear boy.

Stephens Family said...

Dearest Lennox RIP. We will fight breed discrimination always and you will never be forgot...you are a martyr.

Stephens Family said...

Dear Lennox, you will always be remembered and we will always fight to stop breed discrimination. RIP dear boy.

Voka said...

I dreamed Lennox, telling me that he does not understand... I do not understand the realm of human ethics: why we have to ask someone NOT TO KILL? Well, actually, it is not so difficult to understand... we live in an absurd and paradox world. This people think they are superior species and don't know that love is the noblest attribute of man.

Goodnight, little angel, sleep tight Len

Anonymous said...

It takes a real coward to determine the final outcome of this very sad and immoral case. Better to save face than to admit you were wrong eh BCC?
Your actions has caused so much pain for poor Lennoxs family, worldwide outrage in the general public and shown the true colours of all those who sat around the table and pulled the plug! To you Lennox was just a dog. To others he was a family member, a friend to the Boxer who now pines for him. Much better you had targeted the animals that are still out there breeding dogs for fighting etc. There was never any proof of Lennox hurting anybody. Why? Because he hadn't. That poor animal was being looked after in appalling conditions whilst in your care.
What's goes around comes around. May you never be judged the why poor Lennox was judged, without a care but with pure prejduice. Hang your heads in shame, this was a pointless and senseless killing.
To the family, my heart felt sympathy. To poor Lennox, may you now rest in peace puppy, god bless

Brenda T. said...

What a shame, that stupid people saw fit to end your life, when you were innocent of any blame. You are much loved, and will one day meet you family and friends. Keep wagging your tail, and remember how many people fought to save you.! Rest in Peace Sweetheart.

Sandra L said...

Lennox-rest in peace-you were an innocent pawn in a game of chicken. the BCCand "dog warden" Lightfoot smell to high heaven. This case should be investigated thoroughly. Honor Lennox by getting the REAL truth out. End BSL-Fire BCC.! Lennox Army will not give up!

Karen B. said...

THE ONLY DANGEROUS AND CRUEL THING IN BELFAST, WAS LENNOX'S MORON MURDERERS.!!!!! THE TEARS WILL NOT STOP FLOWING FOR YOU LENNOX, YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE.!!!! THIS NO-COMMON SENSE, WAY OF THINKING MUST BE STOPPED.!!!!!!! THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT OF THE VOICELESS MUST BE STOPPED.!!! REST WELL LITTLE LENNOX, HOPEFULLY IN A BETTER PLACE, IN GODS HEAVEN.!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU.!!!!!

Marc said...

Poor Lennox-may you finally find peace. Run free!

Anonymous said...

Just seen three photographs of Lennox (not sure when taken) but he was covered in sores, nearly his whole trunk on one side. They looked like urine scalds.

We need answers and prosecutions!

Valerie said...

God Bless You...precious baby boy....I love you dear Lennox xoxox

Anonymous said...

God Bless You precious baby boy....I love you dear Lennox xoxox Valerie

Gina P said...

I never had the honor to pet you or kiss your nose but I feel you belonged to all of us. My heart is hurting bad. I VOW I will NEVER forget you and I will fight the good fight in your beloved memory. Rest peacefully our dear sweet Boy.

I am angrily adding that this Sweet soul was murdered long before the date they are saying. Something is not right here! This is all very very wrong. SHAME ON YOU NI, The world was watching and praying that you would do the right thing.

trangpang said...

Sweet boy...my heart is broken by the news that they have killed you. Your life was turned upside down for no reason. You did nothing wrong.You were a good, good boy.To think of how they shut you away and left you confused and lonely, and allowed you to become unwell, eventually taking your life in one way or another...I want to say sorry that some people thought that it was acceptable to bring such misery to a fine, beautiful dog. I will think of you forever, Lennox. I hope that you are truly free and running in fields with lots of other good dogs, without fear or pain or loneliness. So many of us send our love to you always. xxx

trangpang said...

Sweet boy...my heart is broken by the news that they have killed you. Your life was turned upside down for no reason. You did nothing wrong.You were a good, good boy.To think of how they shut you away and left you confused and lonely, and allowed you to become unwell, eventually taking your life in one way or another...I want to say sorry that some people thought that it was acceptable to bring such misery to a fine, beautiful dog. I will think of you forever, Lennox. I hope that you are truly free and running in fields with lots of other good dogs, without fear or pain or loneliness. So many of us send our love to you always. xxx

Anonymous said...

I prayed so hard for you, Sweet Len. Every day, I had Faith that God would save you and bring you home to your family. I love you so much and will visit you @ Rainbow Bridge someday. Meanwhile, play with my dogs and cats, make friends with them. Love & Hugs....

Joan McAllister said...

RIP Lennox you will be sadly missed.

Joan McAllister said...

RIP Lennox, you touched so many people, and you will be sadly missed.

Elizabeth McFarland said...

Lennox, I am so very sorry you were used as a scapegoat for demented persons for their own personal agenda. I am so sorry that your family could not be with you in your last moments here on earth, nor at least have your earthly body to bury with honor and distinction. However I know you are at the Rainbow Bridge now, so run free in the green, green grass and be happy. One day in the future you and your family will be reunited, and such joy will be shared between you all.
I pray that what you suffered will come around and bite those that comdemned you in their snobby, nasty butts and you and your family will have justice. I also pray that they all loose their employment and that no other pets are treated with such disrespect and disdain as you suffered.
You may be gone from this earth, but you will never be forgotten.

Shirley Strang said...

LENNOX you have left your mark on the world. Maybe like Joan of Arc you are are SAINT LENNOX now by decree of THE WORLD ( the people who tried to save you). RIP Lennox

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Anonymous said...

All the maltreatment of animals by Man and stubborn justification of same has found a symbol in Lennox.

Wake said...

Bless you Lennox.

Anonymous said...

Lennox we will not rest until payback is obtained.These repulsive abusive murdering bastards will pay bigtime for what they did to you and your family.We will not forget you.RIP sweet Lennox

Sue Lesmond

moribee62 said...

I am a mature guy yet I cry. I think he was murdered three times at least. I so believed the heroic people who were helping him xwould save him but how can you fight evil. My five fur baby's felt my grief. Those people will pay,a life for a life is justice. Rest in peace sweet Lennox,I lived you every day for 14 months and will never forget you.

moribee62 said...

Rest in peace sweet cub they murdered you more than once. So much love for you ane those who fought for you. How can onefight evil. Love you all. Tears always for the pain.

moribee62 said...

I am a mature guy yet I cry. I think he was murdered three times at least. I so believed the heroic people who were helping him xwould save him but how can you fight evil. My five fur baby's felt my grief. Those people will pay,a life for a life is justice. Rest in peace sweet Lennox,I lived you every day for 14 months and will never forget you.

Anonymous said...

RIP Lennox <3 ~ Rich Blue - Nepal

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry we failed you. RIP.

Gloriapower said...

Precious Lennox G-d bless you & your family. We will never forget you. All our beloved pets who have departed are playing with you where you will always be happy.

Anonymous said...

Lennox, what a brave dog you were.
God bless you. You have touched so
many hearts.
Run free my friend.
May those who did this get the justise they deserve.
I hope new laws are put in place to
not allow this to happen again.

Viv Flegg said...

Lennox you will be missed and never forgotten. I have been crying nonstop since they killed Lennox and for what? He wasn't a pill bull and not a pit bull mix or type so why did they do this to him? I hope Lennox's family will sue the BCC for wrongful death because so many of us would do the same thing if their dog was taken from their home. Lennox had a loving home and family and millions of dogs in this world do not have a home so why would you take an innocent dog from a loving family? I hope the BCC has a direct ticket to hell because they definitely will be there soon when all the videos come out in the next couple of days showing that Lennox was a very good and well behaved dog and there was no need to kill him. RIP Lennox. Justice will prevail!!!!

Viv Flegg said...

Lennox you will be missed and never forgotten. I wish the BCC will get what is coming to them for lying. Millions of dogs around the world have no homes and are killed each year but Lennox had a loving home and family and he wasn't a pitbull or pitbull mix or type so why did they take him in the first place? There is something seriously wrong with Belfast. People are very angry with what they did to Lennox and they will never visit Belfast. Seriously, Belfast you lose big time, you should have saved Lennox!!! RIP sweetie Lennox!

Viv Flegg said...

RIP Lennox, you will be missed but never forgotten.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Little Angel... I am so sorry that you had to pay the price for human stupidity and arrogance.

julia kaminski said...

Like many other people here, I am lost for words about the injustice of this, and yet there is so much to say. I am a stranger and yet I have cried for Lennox so often in the past year, when I first heard his story. I feel sick for the suffering he endured, and I pray above all that he is at peace now, that his family can find some peace, and that those who did this to him get what is due to them.

Sweet Bunny said...

You are forever loved Lennox! I'm so sorry you were stolen away from your family and life taken away from you so short! You are at peace now over the rainbow bridge.

Sweet Bunny said...

Lennox you are forever loved! I'm so sorry you were stolen away from your family and your life ended to short because of ignorant brainless,heartless humans!you are at peace now over the rainbow bridge sweetie.

Emma W said...

You were a beautiful boy Lennox and did not deserve this. Our thoughts are with your family. I promise I'll do all I can to not let this happen again. Emma, Smiley and Baz xxxx

Hen said...

I am sick at heart that this horrible cruelty was imposed upon a completely innocent loving dog,and his responsible dog-owner family.
The world should be in an outrage over this! Not just animal lovers, but all human beings should see the injust cruelty here and should be appauled. How can any community now say that BSlaws 'protect' people. It makes me sick.

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