How the Legal System Failed Lennox

Today people all over the world will be lighting candles in honor of Lennox, who, if the courts have their way, will be put to death in less than a week by Belfast City Council.   I have become personally involved in this case, both as an expert and as an advocate for decency and humanity.  Certain individuals and organizations have been engaged in a last desperate attempt to refute the evidence given by experts, who actually met and evaluated Lennox, and myself, who viewed all the footage of these assessments.  I have been informed that a tiny part of David Ryan’s assessment where Lennox reacted to feeling threatened has now been taken out of context and released by itself as ’evidence’ that Lennox is a dangerous dog.  I will explain Lennox’s behavior at that point in a moment, but what I want to stress is what is NOT shown, which is the rest of David Ryan’s hour long evaluation where Lennox allows a complete male stranger, David Ryan, to handle him, tease him, walk him, sit by him, lead him and touch him without any negative reaction whatsoever.  In fact during this time Lennox was giving all kinds of pacification signals, choosing to turn away from David when he felt uncomfortable, rather than bite, maul or attack him.   There has been so much misinformation and ignorance surrounding this case from the start, because unless you fully understand dog communication and signals it is easy to miss, as all of these people have, everything that Lennox is trying to communicate.

In my official report I stated:  ‘Lennox showed a number of deference behaviours including turning his head away, licking his lips, turning his body and walking away, in response to David Ryan’s attempts to frustrate him.   This is an impressive trait in any dog and shows a dog using submissive behaviour rather than offensive behaviour to cope in what is a relatively stressful situation.’

At one point Lennox lunged at David Ryan, the piece of video that has been released in a sad attempt, by those against Lennox and the campaign to free him, to show what a dangerous dog he is.  This has in actual fact back-fired, because now it gives me no choice but to comment, as an expert with fifteen years experience of canine behavior and ten years of working with all breeds including pit bull types in the United States, on that particular reaction, that I included in my statement to the courts.

My report continued:  ‘If a dog, that would rather practice avoidance and take himself away from threat, is unable to do so and the threat comes closer and does not allow the dog any chance to escape, the dog has no other choice but to respond defensively.  Lennox reacted defensively when David Ryan approached him and Lennox was stuck between two chairs and the wall with nowhere to go to.  He tried to get away but when this failed he lunged defensively at David Ryan.  Even though this was a defensive gesture, Lennox still showed incredible impulse control and bite inhibition.  A dog is faster than the fastest Olympic athlete when it comes to response time.  If Lennox intended to harm David Ryan he could have easily bitten him while he lunged, before Mr. Ryan had time to react, but Lennox chose to warn him (a complete stranger) out of his space instead, rather than inflict harm, and this was impressive to see…… Lennox showed impressive restraint and lunged at David Ryan with the intent to warn him to go away from him, without harming him. ‘

You see, this is essentially what people do not understand.  Behind every growl, snap, lunge etc is a dog signalling its intent.  The intent is to warn someone or something out of its space.  Aggression serves an important function, to increase distance, to get the threat to move away.  Some dogs, especially those that have been dominated, suppressed or abused by a human, learn by that mishandling to not give these warning signals and suppress these signals, going straight to bite.  These dogs are made dangerous because of what humans teach them in their attempt to curb unwanted behavior.  The dogs that warn instead of going to bite are less dangerous because they are signaling their intent first.  If this warning is not heeded, they will lunge or try another way of getting that someone to move away from them, still without intent to harm.  This is what Lennox had no choice but to do.  Believe me, he could have inflicted a lot of harm on David if he was truly the dangerous dog that some people believe he is and instead Lennox chose not to bite, maul, attack or inflict damage in any way, shape or form.  He lunged and barked at David instead.   When that was done, Lennox continued to show many appeasement and pacification signals as well as signaling his stress, such as lip licking and turning his head and body away.

I also witnessed Sarah Fisher’s assessment on Lennox and, again, most of her assessment won’t be shown because the world would then see how impressive Lennox was with yet another complete stranger handling him.  At one point Lennox started playing with the leash, something that many bored dogs do, regardless of breed.  At no point did he threaten Sarah, try to bite her or become aggressively aroused when she pulled the leash away from him and he  released the leash when he was asked to.  The  prosecution’s ‘expert’, Peter Tallack, a police dog handler, was apparently dismissive of the majority of Fisher’s report, saying that she did not ‘challenge’ the dog enough and was more focused on building a rapport with the dog.  In his ruling, the judge in this case showed yet another flaw in the execution of BSL, in that he clearly is not aware of the basics of dog behavior and basically decided to believe that Tallack’s confrontational approach rather than Fisher’s experienced and scientificially-based methodology was more influential in his decision-making.

The judge basically had a choice to make:  do I believe the police dog handler, or a learned and internationally respected dog behaviorist with extensive experience regarding dog aggression.  He apparently fixated on the fact that due to Britain’s BSL laws, she had little experience working with actual pit bull type dogs, finding that to be a major flaw in her credibility and authority. Yet again, this shows an ignorance at the heart of the problems with BSL:  to conduct a behavioral assessment of a pit bull type dog does not require any special training or experience other than what would be required for any other breed of dog.   Yes, they are a strong breed, but I have no doubt that Fisher has worked with countless larger dogs, including other bully breeds types, capable of inflicting as much or more harm than the strongest pit bull could.

The judge based his decision that Lennox was a threat to society on stereotypes, misleading ‘expert’ reports, and his own apparent distrust of strong dogs.   In his ruling, Judge Rodgers repeatedly refers to an episode where Lennox jumped up on and knocked back the dog warden who came to confiscate him.  Court records indicate that two other animal control employees witnessed this.  Even though the actual behavioral cause and effect  of such an action can almost always be successfully and appropriately explained, the main point here is that a person such as Judge Rodgers, who is unqualified to analyze dog behavior, can easily and mistakenly draw incorrect conclusions regarding the severity, motivation for and circumstances surrounding such behavior.  If all dogs who jump up on strangers in their house were guilty of being dangerous dogs, there would not be many dogs left in homes.  To fixate on this occurrence and point to it as further proof of Lennox’s dangerousness is reckless and misguided.

Every person can form and will form an opinion on a snapshot of behaviour they see, taken out of context and misunderstood by ignorance.  Both David Ryan and Sarah Fisher have stated that Lennox is not a dangerous dog and I will stand by their cumulative years of expertise in the field of canine behavior, rather than listen to those who, through no fault of their own, cannot read or misunderstand canine ‘language.’

In the 18 months since Lennox was taken from his family and put in a stressful environment and situation away from those he trusted and loved most, he has been a pawn in a political game that serves to take a flawed piece of legislation, such as BSL, to an all time disgraceful level.  BSL makes innocent dogs the criminals because of how they look, regardless of their actual temperament.  Your money, taxpayers’ money, is being spent by councils  to seek out and confiscate these breed types, taking innocent family members away from their families, rather than tackling the real issue of  dangerous dogs.  If Belfast City Council and other governments like it really want to keep a community safe, go after the irresponsible owners who either raise their dogs in a violent manner, do not socialize them or integrate them into society in any way, allow their dogs to wander off leash and do not heed any warning signs or make any attempt to curb aggressive behavior.  Seek to penalize them to the full extent of the law, and protect your citizens by addressing the issue of dangerous dogs of all breeds, not spending your tax payers’ money on taking innocent dogs away from their families because of the way they look.

There are two sides to any story and there are always things that are said out of sadness, anger, frustration and pain.   I do not condone violence or threatening behavior of any sort to any persons involved in this case.  But whatever continues in the human battle over this issue, my frustration lies with the fact that regardless what has been said, the true experts’ opinions in Lennox’s case have been thrown over for behavioral opinions that were given by the prosecution’s expert Peter Tallack, even though he stated himself that he was not brought on to do a ‘behavioural test or assessment’ of Lennox, but to assess only whether Lennox was of pit bull type or not.  He himself admitted that the ‘circumstances in which Lennox is being examined are not ideal’ and in this he was absolutely right.  Even if he was brought onto do a behavioral assessment, you cannot do a proper assessment or get a true picture of behavior of any dog in or around the vicinity of the kennel where that dog is being confined and where it is experiencing fear, stress and confusion.  To get a true picture of behavior tests should be done in all different environments and situations including confined spaces, the home environment, and other indoor and outdoor locations, on and off leash and different times of the day.   As he stated, his examination was ‘90% physical conformation and only 10% behavioural’ and therefore his findings were, ‘based on how Lennox looks and not how he behaves,’ yet his statements on Lennox’s behavior under thephysical examination he was supposed to be conducting, were upheld and championed as key components of the judge’s decision to euthanize Lennox.   I agree with those who say that you cannot predict future behavior in any animal just as you cannot predict it in any human.  The judge also fixated on the concept that the dog is unpredictable.  What dog isn’t?  What animal isn’t unpredictable?  If a dog is truly dangerous then I want that dog off the streets as much as the next person, but Lennox has been so unfairly treated in this case because of the situation that he was taken, the stress he has had to endure since his confinement and now the cruelty of those who seek to destroy him and his family with malicious particularly over social media, that someone needs to highlight the fact that from the start, Lennox was never given a fair chance.  This case was decided the day Lennox was taken from his family in May 2010.

I myself have been threatened in different ways by supporting Lennox and his family, but that is what fear does.  In order to hide the truth and serve a purpose, people will use intimidation tactics to scare others away, in an attempt to stop the truth from coming out.  To the few that use threats against me and others, there are millions of people around the world singing with one voice.  I am not alone, but am supported by those millions that are sick of seeing these witch hunts take place, when the real issue of dangerous dogs is not being addressed and people are still getting hurt or losing their lives to dog attacks because of irresponsible ownership.  BSL tackles the wrong end of the leash and we should be putting our efforts into stopping future attacks by actual dangerous dogs, rather than putting the focus on taking animals away from their families because of the way they look.

Lennox is scheduled to be euthanized in a few days.  Chances for overturning the verdict are slim, and having read the judge’s official opinion in the case, I hold very little hope that he will recognize he has let his personal feelings about this issue cloud his decision-making process.  He has chosen to rely on people unqualified to correctly assess and describe the true nature of certain events relating to dog behavior.  We will campaign for justice throughout Lennox’s life and beyond.  We must learn from this and make Lennox and his family’s struggle a rallying cry for change.

 



151 Comments

  1. William Bellottie

    October 11th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Very simular case here in Michigan, where very negligent assessments were performed. The Canines in question were not even fighting dogs. The two canines that were infact the reason for the raid both died. They died while sitting in the animal control vehicle. It seems the dogs were not the priority. It floors me that the powers that be have to sit outside what they know is a fight in progress for 3.5 hours waiting for a warrant. The dogs being held currently have NO known ties to any gamebred lineage. It's a cover the butt scenario, because the dogs were not found the day of the bust. A humane worker found them the next day... So the County of monroe is covering their butt. As a rescuer, rehabilitator & advocate When I hear the word "EXPERT" , it automatically throws up a red flag. There are no experts, especially when dealing with dogs. Dogs are a constantly evolving species, limited by humans. When I hear expert, I hear (someone that has quit retaining knowledge). My prayers are with lennox, his supporters & the breed that faces so much disdain.

  2. Ange Manners

    October 11th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Thank You Victoria for speaking out. . I have the privileg of speaking to Craig or Caroline daily and they are two of thebest people I have come across. To have their names smeared by ignorance is disgusting. I promised never to give up on their fight and I wont. Jake wants to make an issue over what idiots did. That was NOT down to the famiily, Im sure you have heard of free will, The Barnes family didnt make anyone do anything nor are they in control of idiots who want to create trouble.

  3. Carrina

    October 11th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Well said! This story breaks my heart and I just prey that Lennox is reunited with his family. Thank you for speaking out, I can only hope that we can all make a difference xx

  4. Vikki Ivory

    October 11th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I have just read this article and I am so sick and tired of this kind of prejudice! When is the government and all those in authority going to realise its deed not breed, I myself own 2 bull breeds and they are indeed a joy to own but are not with out the need of direction and constant care and guidance, as are ANY dog you chose to own. My heart goes out to poor Lennox and his family and I hope to god that some good comes from this sensless crime!!!!

  5. Kathy

    October 11th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks Victoria, and also to Sarah Fisher for having the courage to highlight the absolute injustice in this case. Having seen the video which was just released on the internet tonight of Lennox's assesment, the court ruling beggars belief. Lennox is by no means a dangerous dogs and obvioulsy still craves human contact. How can those who are suppose to be their to serve the people justify in anyway this cruel cruel behaviour. Keep up te good work bcause Lennox has done nothing wrong and deserves to live

  6. caroline stafford

    October 11th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I have been following Lennoxs plight since he was taken away from his family and horrified to learn that Lennox has only days left before he his to be pts....please tell us what we can possibly do to help....??!!!
    So sad, so so sad.....KEEP fighting everyone!!!

  7. Gato

    October 11th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Victoria - what can we do? This is simply awful beyond words. I have signed the petition, I have sent emails - will the political leaders/PM/president - whatever the name for their leaders is - intervene and give a stay of execution for Lennox? What about more appeals? With a different judge? Please let us know what can be done?

  8. Debbie Atwood

    October 11th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    AMEN!

  9. Michelle Kimber

    October 12th, 2011 at 2:05 am

    im sickened that this can happen, how cruel can humans be that they put an innocent animal to sleep just because they believe it dangerous. im sorry but if they carried out that test on most dogs...the reaction would be the same. Im absolutely horrified. i hope someone will pay for this. my thoughts are with lennox and his family. god only knows what they are all going through.

  10. Brent Landess

    October 12th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Please free Lennox ...

  11. Jennifer

    October 12th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    First, I would like to know what I can do to help Lennox?

    Victoria: Thank you for speaking out and speaking up for Lennox.

    I'm completely disgusting, this is ridiculous. Uneducated idiots have NO rights to be taking the life of INNOCENT Animals. I've owned APBT's and they are wonderfuly, kind, protective, loving dogs. Its ALL in what they are taught, trained, and treated. If its good, positive, loving, nurturing then they turn out good. If its negative, abusive, neglectful, bad training, then of course the dog will become aggressive. Just an FYI for the uneducated. THAT GOES FOR ANY DOG, UNDER ANY BREED.

    Another thing, there is NO such breed at "pit bulls" They are American Pit Bull Terriers, Stanfordshire Terriers. They are TERRIERS Of course the uneducated, ignorant, fear spreading whacko's take the term "pit bull" out of context of the actual breed. Its done to suit their hater agenda. When I see stuff like this it only deepens my LOATHING for humans.

    FACTS That should be told.

    Here's an example:

    Sergeant Stubby
    (1916 or 1917 – March 16, 1926),
    The was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.

    While training for combat on the fields of Yale University in 1917, Private J. Robert Conroy found a brindle Bull Terrier puppy with a short tail. He named him "Stubby", and soon the dog became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. He learned the bugle calls, the drills, and even a modified dog salute as he put his right paw on his right eyebrow when a salute was executed by his fellow soldiers. Stubby had a positive effect on morale, and was allowed to remain in the camp, even though animals were forbidden.

    When the division shipped out for France aboard the SS Minnesota, Private Conroy smuggled Stubby aboard. Hidden in the coal bin until the ship was far at sea, Stubby was brought out on deck where the sailors were soon won over by the canine soldier. Stubby was once again smuggled off the ship and was soon discovered by Pvt. Conroy's commanding officer. The CO allowed Stubby to remain after Stubby gave him a salute.

    When the Yankee Division headed for the front lines in France, Stubby was given special orders allowing him to accompany the Division to the front lines as their official mascot. The 102nd Infantry reached the front lines on the 5 February 1918. Stubby soon became accustomed to the loud rifles and heavy artillery fire. His first battle injury occurred from gas exposure; he was taken to a nearby field hospital and nursed back to health. The injury left him sensitive to the tiniest trace of gas. When the Division was attacked in an early morning gas launch, most of the troops were asleep. Stubby recognized the gas and ran through the trench barking and biting at the soldiers, rousing them to sound the gas alarm, saving many from injury.

    Stubby also had a talent for locating wounded men between the trenches of the opposing armies; he would listen for the sound of English and then go to the location, barking until paramedics arrived or leading the lost soldiers back to the safety of the trenches. He even caught a German soldier mapping out the layout of the Allied trenches. The soldier called to Stubby, but he put his ears back and began to bark. As the German ran, Stubby bit him on the legs, causing the soldier to trip and fall. He continued to attack the man until the American soldiers arrived. For capturing an enemy spy, Stubby was put in for a promotion to the rank of Sergeant by the commander of the 102nd Infantry. He became the first dog to be given rank in the United States Armed Forces.

    Stubby was injured during a grenade attack, receiving a large amount of shrapnel in his chest and leg. He was rushed to a field hospital and later transferred to a Red Cross Recovery Hospital for additional surgery. When Stubby became well enough to move around at the hospital, he visited wounded soldiers, boosting their morale.

    By the end of the war, Stubby had served in 17 battles. He led the American troops in a pass and review parade and later visited with President Woodrow Wilson. He visited the White House twice and met Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Stubby was awarded many medals for his heroism, including a medal from the Humane Society which was presented by General John Pershing, the Commanding General of the United States Armies. He was awarded a membership in the American Legion and the Y.M.C.A.

    When his master, J. Robert Conroy, began studying law at Georgetown University, Stubby became the mascot of the Georgetown Hoyas. He died in 1926.

    In the U.K. Before the delusional BS and LIES about the Terriers began, they were also Nanny Dogs

    The ACTUAL TRUTH ABOUT APBT.

    The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a medium-sized, solidly built, short haired dog whose early ancestors came from England and Ireland. It is a member of the molosser breed group.

    During the 19th century, England, Ireland, and Scotland began to experiment with crosses between bulldogs and terriers, looking for a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the bulldog.

    In the late 19th century to early 20th century, two clubs were formed for the specific purpose of registering APBTs: the United Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeders Association. The United Kennel Club was founded in 1898, and was the first registry to recognize the breed, with the owner assigning the first number to his own APBT.

    The dog was bred first to bait bulls and bears. When baiting bulls was deemed inhumane, ratting (a sport where a number of rats were placed in a pit for a specified time with the dog) and dog fighting became more popular. The APBT was used in both sports, and its prevalence in being put in pits with rats led to "pit" being added to its name.[4] With time, the dogs became more commonly domesticated due to their loyalty, loving and gentle nature with their owners. In America, farmers and ranchers used their APBTs for protection, as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, and to drive livestock.[6] The dog was used during World War I and World War II as a way of delivering messages on the battlefield.

    Once a popular family dog in the United States (such as the kids' pet dog in the Our Gang comedies), the American Pit Bull Terrier's popularity began to decline following World War II in favor of other breeds.

    Temperament

    The APBT is a breed that is loyal to friends and family, and is generally friendly towards strangers. Many have strong instincts to chase and seize cats and other fleeing creatures, including deer and livestock (prey drive). As with any dog breed, proper training and socialization at an early age is a must. According to the UKC, "aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable" but "because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog."

    American Pit Bull Terriers generally have a lot of energy and benefit from exercise and stimulation to channel their energy properly and avoid becoming frustrated, bored, or destructive.

    They are also used in saving humans and busting drug raids.

    The uneducated NEED to get a clue.

    The APBT and SFT are the two that have the HIGHEST RAITINGS in Behavior.

    Temperment Raiting:

    American Pit Bull Terrier and Stanfordshire Terries have a 96-98% Rating.

    A "Loving" Golden Retriver ONLY has a 76% raiting.

    A "loveable" Yorkie ONLY has a 54% rating.

    Again, I say. These fear-based, uneducated people NEED to get a clue.

  12. Vicki Moore

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Victoria,

    A truly outstanding examination of this terrible, heartbreaking case. Regardless of the outcome today, the time has come for a concerted global movement towards ending the Dangerous Dog Act in particular and BSL wherever it exists in a form that punishes dogs for what they look like or for what breed they are, irrespective of whether they have actually ever attacked anyone.

    I'm in Australia, and recent months has seen the introduction of our first BSL over in Victoria following the tragic death of a little girl during a dog attack by "a pit bull mix". While it concerns me greatly that BSL is now starting to make inroads in this country now, it was very heartening to see that the legislation that was hurriedly introduced, in fact recognises that punishment must start with the owner of dogs who are dangerous. To that end, if a dog attacks someone, now it is the owner who will face up to 10 years imprisonment. I feel that is a very very good start to moving away from the fixation on the dogs themselves.

    If anything good can come out of poor Lennox's case, it should be that we all now mobilise to see the Dangerous Dog Act rescinded or significantly changed, and the same applying to BSL wherever it is enforced. How do we start to do that? How could we start a movement that would work towards achieving this? I'm no longer willing to sit idly by and do nothing but network. I want to do something now to see it end.

  13. mimsical8

    October 14th, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I am not religious but after following this case I pray for Lennox to be released from his living hell and I pray a second time for the perpetrators of dishonesty and bungles to replace Lennox in that living hell for the rest of their lives. Shameful

  14. Hayley Harris

    October 14th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I am not personally involved in the case; all I am is a fierce dog-lover, whether mine or someone else's, but I feel like I need to say a huge thank you to Victoria. The fact that you have stood up for what is right, even in the face of threats from none other than sub-humans, I think is, infact, fantastic. So many times, people turn away and ignore what is the right option because of fear or because by following what is wrong is more convenient. You haven't, and you have publicly and undeniablely stood up for a family member, who should never EVER have been taken from his home.

    I am still praying that something miraculous will happen today. I wish it with everything I have that Lennox will be returned to his rightful place.

    And if he isn't, god help Belfast City Council, Peter Tallack and all those involved in incriminating an innocent dog, simply to save their own back. I don't mean they should be worried about public outcry (of which I know would be enormous), but that it will haunt them and eat them up inside. THEY KNOW what they have done is to lie and cheat. They can outwardly say all they like but deep down, know they are causing hell because they don't have the guts to stand up and say, "I was wrong".

  15. Tania C Palmer

    October 14th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    We shared so what else can we do? I just has a man attack me and my English Mastiff stood between me and him. He kicked my dog in the air and she still did nothing to him. This case is more about my dog than me being attacked in my back yard.I told them if a Mastiff wanted to hurt somebody they would know it. I had a German Sheppard before this (4 kids) and neither breed has ever attacked or bit anyone. It amazes me for small dogs send more people to the hospital than big dogs and it is their job to protect us and our children. When did the people that hate dogs out weigh the people that love them!

  16. Tania C Palmer

    October 14th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    PS I forgot to add that I know a lot of Pitt Bulls and not one has ever attacked me. I did have my face torn into at age 5 by a Bassist Hound, so does that make that breed bad? No, it is humans that can make any animal mean or loving no matter the breed. People need to get over their fears and pray for this family. My Mastiffs are my family and it would cause emotional abuse to me and my children. Why has that not gone to the Judge or ask for another Judge that is not afraid to go see the animal for themselves. I would gladly step in that cage and I promise that I would have that dog's heart full of love in a heart beat. I have to ask where are my rights to own a dog compared to the people that have rights to hate them? You stay away from us and we will gladly stay away with you. I promise more hamsters have bite more children than dogs, so do we ban them to death too? I believe that in the world there was only 3 attacks from a Pitt Bull, but sharks have a higher bite percentage. I love sharks and don't blame them. If we keep up then we will be killing all the animals on this earth then I hope you have a good answer to their creator?

  17. Lisa Shara

    October 17th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

  18. Barbara Peddle

    October 19th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    One can only hope that the Judge gets to read Victoria's words and can see the merit behind them, but it may well be that this Judge has a heart of stone and therefore does not care for the facts or have any interest in saving Lennox's life. Whether or not Lennox is innocent of any wrong doing may not matter to him and he may be happy that he has ordered Lennox to be put to death. Certainly as long as poor Lennox can draw breath we will live in hope that his life will be spared by the Court in allowing him to be sent to a rescue in a jurisdiction without BSL. It is unbearable to think about what this poor dog has endured all these months in captivity, but I have faith that if he goes to a rescue he will receive all the love, attention and rehabilitation that he will need to recover from this hordendous ordeal.

  19. --------------------------------------------------------barbara evans-------------------------------------------

    November 4th, 2011 at 6:22 am

    i am mommy to 1 full breed staffi and a staffi lab combo first of all miss victoria YOU ROCK!! seconed i have told people how the pit got slapped on our bully babes none they thought i was starkers when i told them about cutting the dog and putting them in a pit trap hence theres your pit only one made it through that battle heres a hint IT WAS NOT THE DOG this barbaric practice started as for back as the 1700 when i found this out i was to disgusted for words what i would love to do is bring lennox and his family to live in the states in addition to the abuse that lennox is suffering there is another being abused that would be lennoxes little girl. this kind of abuse telling people that were going to kill your service k9. i know she hasnt been doing so well as of late. GEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZ I WONDER WHY ; {GIVE THIS FAMILY THERE DOG BACK!!!!!! I CAN PROMISE YOU KARMA IS A B!+CH WE STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AND HEART TO HEART WE ARENT GOING ANYWHERE FREE LENNOX FREE LENNOX FREE LENNOX FREE LENNOX FREE LENNOX

  20. LYNNE RANDLE

    February 22nd, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    PLEASE LET THERE BE A GOD JUST ONCE GOD ANSWER ONE PRAYER FOR ME AND ALLOW ME TO BELIEVE ONCE AGAIN ,SET HIM FREE.ITS A DISGRACE BY HUMANKIND,UNLAWFULL AND GOING AGAINST EVERY STACK OF POSS EVIDENCE. THIS BEHAVIOUR NEEDS PUNISHING .NOT INNOCENT FAMILIES WITH INNOCENT DOGS.WHAT HAPPENED TO INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY HEY!!!!! IF THE WORST OUTCOME WILL BE,MY OUNZE OF FAITH I HAVE LINGERING WILL BE BLOWN OUT OF MY SOUL.

  21. sandra getman

    February 22nd, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    i have read this case and watched it unfold from the beginning ,this whole case has been very badly handled from the start in my opinion ,and someone should be sacked for allowing this case to progress as far as it has done as it now seems to have turned into a vendeta ,with one side hell bent on trying to destroy lennox , and the other desperately trying to save lennox . he is not pitbull,,, a tape measure proves nothing ,he is not dangerous as has been proved, if you look at all the assesment videos and not a fragment of them ... many very well trained reputable animal behaviourists and vets have put thair good name to the save lennox campaign , with to date 126 thousand people on facebook alone asking for lennox freedom and all of this is falling on stoney ground .WHY.lennox has done no wrong , he is being punished for nothing locked away from all he knows and loves , all his home comforts , one year and ten months later for what good reason ??the stress both mental and physically that lennox is going through is against the animal welfare laws . which states it is illegal for anyone having an animal in its care to cause it unnessasary physical or mental suffering ,,,lennox is a living soul . he has as much right as we do to live his life ,and as lennox is not guilty of any wrong doing , if this destruction order is served on him that amounts to nothing more than murder in the name of the law and as we are supposed to be an animal loving nation our governments are making us become a laughing stock to other nations who are disgusted with the handling of this case ..we thank god that other countries have now abolished this cruel evil very sick law everyone knows it doesnt work so its time to stop murdering our innocent animals forthwith

  22. mary keating

    February 22nd, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Free the poor creature, in the name of God.

  23. Robin Slota

    February 22nd, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    This story sickens me...... if Lennox was NOT a threat prior to being confiscated from his loving family, it is no wonder he is withdrawn somewhat as a result of the torture and mistreatment he has endured during his captivity. This poor dog was taken from his loving family, where he was the constant companion of the then very young little girl. Lennox played, protected and loved this family and was thrown into a small cage with no human contact, loving hugs, walks, the friendly atmosphere he was so used to all because of a Judge that is so close minded about the situation he is not taking into consideration the recommendations from experienced, qualified dog handlers that Lennox should be freed. If Lennox is put down in the next few days, just remember this.......YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH YOUR DECISION FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Take a look at that little girl's face when she is told her loving Lennox will not be coming home. You should be ashamed of yourself !!

  24. sandra Egloff

    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:44 am

    What an incredibly detailed analysis of the whole situation with Lennox, it breaks my heart that no one is going to listen and take this information on board. Victoria and some many other people have tried so hard for Lennox, I was so angry when I read the part about him being between two chairs and the wall. I think my westie would even react in this situation, for crying out loud. God bless Lennox, I hope and pray there will be a miracle.
    Thank you Victoria

  25. Jessie Tyson

    July 6th, 2012 at 4:33 am

    THANK YOU VICTORIA. GOD BLESS LENNOX AND HIS FAMILY FOR STICKING BY HIM. XXX

    (I'D LIKE TO SAY BLESS BELFAST FOR LETTING LENNOX LIVE. THEY KNOW HE ISN'T DANGEROUS BUT I GUESS THEY'RE TOO STUBBORN OR PARANOID TO LET HIM GO. )

    The world knows Lennox is innocent. This whole thing reminds me of stories told me by the old folks about Hitler and his damn attitude to innocent life.

    TO BELFAST CITY COUNCIL:- THE WHOLE WORLD WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU IF YOU DO NOT LET HIM LIVE! MY HEART IS BREAKING OVER THIS WHOLE AFFAIR.

    IF LENNOX DIES A MARTYR THEN I PROMISE BEFORE OUR HOLY GOD IN HEAVEN THAT I WILL BOYCOTT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING FROM IRELAND FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, AND I WILL NEVER VISIT IRELAND, EVER! I WILL NEVER VISIT ANY IRISH PUBS OR HOTELS IN OTHER COUNTRIES EITHER.

    I WILL TELL EVERYONE I KNOW THE REASON WHY I AM DOING THIS! AND THEY WILL FOLLOW SUIT. THIS IS NOT A THREAT, ITS WRITTEN TO SHOW HOW STRONGLY I FEEL ABOUT IT. I KNOW ITS NOT ALL IRISH PEOPLE, ITS JUST THAT DAMN BSL LAW, IT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED! I'M SO ASHAMED TO BE BRITISH BECAUSE OF THIS.

    GOD BLESS YOUR WEE HEART, LENNOX, NOT ALL HUMANS WANT TO LOCK YOU AWAY. WE WOULD ALL GIVE YOU A LOVING HOME. YOU'RE A GOOD BOY, HUGS XXX XXX XXX

    Belfast Businesses Focus Of Lennox Boycott http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2012/07/05/lennox_boycott/

  26. Oliver Pritchett

    July 7th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Their legislation governing dangerous dogs is very loose and subjective.

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/1991/2292/contents/made

    Look at the section Dangerous Dogs, Seizure of Dangerous Dogs 25C. Perhaps I am reading this wrong, but, without a complaint giving authorities the right to enter a private home, all seizures of "Dangerous Dogs" can only occur in public areas. So, was Lennox illegally seized?

    More importantly, why not release him to the trained professionals who are offering to take him? Their rationale, logic, and actions are flawed; and will certainly have long-term negative effects.

  27. suzanne maccallum

    July 8th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    What a waste of taxpayers' money all this nonsense is. Belfast City Council has got it's head right up there and should be mortified of it's display of pride and macho self-preservation. God help the peace process with such mono-synaptic idiots in high places.The issue of strong, poorly-managed dogs in domestic situations DOES need to be addressed, but OBVIOUSLY Lennox is not, and never has been a part of this issue !! Meanwhile there are many strong dogs with ignorant/lazy/inappropriate owners who also have children. What are the useless shower doing about the REAL ticking time-bombs? As a public sector employee for 21 years this incompetence is just so embarassing, & makes us all look like stupid jobsworths. I am so angry !
    Please let there be a humane outcome for Lennox and his devastated owners, who have shown inspirational restraint thru this debacle. I think I'd be in a cell by now if some clowns from the coucil tried to pts either of our cherished stbs. Good luck Lennox and family xx

  28. Corinne Assa-Sykes

    July 9th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Praying. Anguished. Eternally Hopeful. Wishing desperately I knew of some way to help, some way to make a difference. Victoria, you are an angel. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done, are doing, will do, and have spoken/written in such articulate and fair eloquence. {{Hugs}} to you, Lennox, Lennox's family, and Lennox's global supporters. (from Virginia, USA)

  29. Kat Georgiades

    July 11th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Thank you for all the insightful information that you have given on the Lennox case.
    I can only pray that the powers that be will release Lennox to be free in America.
    My heart and prayers go out to Lennox and his family at this trying and testing time.
    I am praying for the safe return of Lennox.
    As for the BCC - well there are really almost no words when I think of the abuse that Lennox has susffered and the inhumane conditions that he has been kept in. In your hearts you know the right thing to do. Put your ego's aside and let the truth prevail. Lennox has not hurt a single soul even when threatened, what does this tell you.
    Judge the deed and not the breed.
    Lennox, my prayers are with you,
    In Love and Light for your FREEDOM

  30. Linda

    July 11th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I was upset by the news. Lennox had been confined to a filthy, dark cement cell in inhumane conditions for 2 years! That's beyond my comprehension how they could this innocent dog. She did not hurt people at all. Belfast people like Chinese people are the MOST cruel creatures on the earth!! These officials and people have very low IQ! TARD people of Belfast!



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