|I'm sorry we failed you, Lennox.|
Well, the day I hoped would never come unfortunately has come. Those of you who read my blog regularly will know about the campaign to save Lennox, the dog wrongly accused of being a dangerous pit pull and locked up by Belfast City Council in May 2010. Two years, a court case and two appeals later the men in robes who call themselves 'Lord' have shown the law really is an ass and upheld the original decision to have Lennox murdered under the Breed Specific Legislation in effect in Northern Ireland.
Lennox's family have done everything in their power to save him and accommodate the Court - even going so far as to ask if he could be taken in by someone in the Republic of Ireland where this nonsensical law doesn't apply. None of it matters. A dog that hasn't bitten anyone or shown any signs of aggression (despite being put in isolation in a hugely scary and stressful environment for the last two years) and that even dog behaviour expert, Victoria Stillwell stated was not a danger to the public is to be put to death by a Council whose dog warden allegedly lied under oath (stating she was scared of him when photographic evidence showed her hugging him and him licking her face) , in order to save face. Shame on them all.
I saw this on Facebook recently and it seems very appropriate today more than ever:
When will we realise that the danger is at the top end of the leash? Humans and their determination to create the perfect breed of dog to perform various tasks created dogs like Lennox. Now they are to be punished for our biological interference because, oops, we don't like how they turned out after all. There are no dangerous dogs. Like humans, dogs only know what they're taught. They give out plenty of signals when they're upset or stressed which unfortunately most people don't know how to read. Even the smallest dog could bite if put in a situation where they feel threatened- are we to put them all down 'just in case?' Lennox was a harmless family pet but because he 'looks' like dogs that certain scumbags use as status symbols, he's now being lumped under the category of 'dangerous dog' and is going to pay the ultimate price.
It seems to me that human ignorance and arrogance are the only real danger to us and everything else on this planet :'0(