Friday, 30 September 2011

A time for Karma...


I have no art today.  I'm not really in an arty mood. In fact, I've spent most of the day sitting at my desk at work, trying not to cry.  It's with the heaviest of hearts that I am writing this post.  I had hoped to be able to tell you that the Judge reviewed the overwhelming evidence in favour of Lennox and had the good sense to let him return to his family and kick the lying dog warden into touch at the same time.  Unfortunately, it would seem that the powers that be stick together and the Judge found in favour of Belfast City Council and dismissed the appeal to save his life. 

The Judge said that he couldn't be satisfied that Lennox wasn't a danger to the public.  Belfast City Council said that they believed if Lennox was released back to his family, he posed a serious risk to the public and "in the event of Lennox being involved in attacking or injuring a person, the council would be found to be at fault".  

Surely by that rationale all dogs should just be put down now 'just in case' they ever attack someone? In that case then we should surely execute all paedophiles, rapists or murderers instead of releasing them back into the community (some after woefully short sentences) 'just in case' they carry out another attack (which, by the way, going by news reports on repeat offenders is much more likely to happen).  I don't know about you but I'd much rather take my chances with a dog than most of the feral kids running riot round the streets these days - they're more likely to attack you than any dog is.

The only possible chance of an 11th hour reprieve now is if his family launch an appeal based on an error in law.  It is a subtle distinction but means that any appeal must come about because of the decision being incompatible with the law.  A new website has been set up to try to find legal experts willing to help in this regard.  I've already written today to my MLA in Stormont and an MP in Westminster responsible for animal welfare.

Even if this turns out to be just spitting in the rain (I no longer have any faith in the justice system in this country to actually do the right thing by the victim/innocent party) if there's the slightest possible chance of saving this one dog's life and getting the government to realise that BSL is wrong, then we can't give up.

In the meantime, I hope karma pays a visit to everyone involved in setting a wee dog up for the death sentence. 

7 comments:

  1. Sorry you don<#t have better news, perhaps there will still be a wonder for Lennox and his family! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. this breaks my heart to read this.Where is thejustice,, our judicial system is so screwed up in this country (Canada) thats the prison inmates are treated more fairly than the elderly in nursing homes and this dogs injustice is another perfect example what a mess things are in.I was so hoping your country would do the right thing in this case but it appears your country is in no better state than mine,, so sad.But I do beleive in Karma and it will serve justice.I wish I could give you hug,,you did all you could and your actions will never be a regret.

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  3. So sorry to hear your news. I so hope he gets his freedom.. x

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  4. I've been off line on hols & so sad to read this post, no wonder there is no art today, very sad :(

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  5. I've been following Lennox through your posts and is a really sad story to read. We can only hope that this whole ordeal wasn't in vain and will somehow help in the future.

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  6. Oh no. Maybe I'm just naive, but I truly believed that Lennox was going to be okay and that this was going to be a story book ending... I'm so sorry to hear this.

    xo
    Kristin

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  7. This is hard on the heart and we are supposed to be the caretakers of life. I think we do a pretty poor job of it. My soul hurts for Lennox.

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