For Lennox

July 12, 2012  

By Laura Petrolino, VP of Operations

Last night, Lennox the dog was killed in Belfast.

He wasn’t killed because he had known behavioral issues.
He wasn’t killed because he was running loose.
He was killed because of how he looked.

In many ways Lennox has become a symbol of what breed-discriminatory legislation does to animals and families, and therefore Lennox’s death has affected the animal community deeply and tragically.

We asked the StubbyDog community to share their tributes to Lennox with us and have created this video from their amazing contributions.

It is up to us as a community of advocates to make sure Lennox’s death was not in vain. Together we can bring an end to breed discrimination legislation.

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4 Responses to “For Lennox”
  1. Once again, I’m tearing up at my desk at work. My heart goes out to Lennox’s family in this awful time. There is absolutely no excuse for the way the council acted and made an example of an innocent, well-loved dog. I’m sick over this. 

  2. Matt.S says:

    The Lennox story is tragic on multiple levels. 1: A girl had her companion & helper of 5 years taken from her, mistreated & killed, solely because of his appearance. 2: By ignoring the advice of qualified experts and choosing to go with the opinions of a few obviously unqualified people Belfast City Council and the local court system sent a clear message that this was all about power. The outcome was clearly decided beforehand. 3: There is a clear case for perjury charges against public servants involved in this case which tells me the authorities responsible for all of this had no respect for the law. 4: BCC & the court system added insult to injury by condescendingly citing “public safety” as their primary concern. The public clearly didn’t feel their safety was jepordized by Lennox. On the contrary, many made clear their desire to see Lennox returned to his family. All this tells me that the Belfast courts and the local authorities have no respect for those they “serve”. This sets a danerous precedent that could, if unchallenged, removes the voice of those who live under this nonsensical law. This is a pivotal moment for the people of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the U.K. as a whole. Choices made here & now will reverberate for years to come. I pray the people in Belfast will make those choices wisely. Run Free Lennox 

  3. Debi Bel says:

    There are no words to describe the level of outrage at Belfast City Council.  I am ashamed to know that I, as a human, did not do ENOUGH to stop this atrocity from happening. Complacency allows the inhumane actions of a few to multiple exponentially.  It is too late for this poor dog…but not for all the others who are suffering similarly.  I intend to continue fighting to stop the killing of innocents….on a variety of levels. Education, spay/neuter, fostering…and legislative lobbying are all positive means in a country that respects its own democratic policies.

    • StubbyDog says:

      Debi Bel We agree Debi, the best thing people can do is to do whatever they can to make sure BDL stops every where. As a team, we can make change.