In Belfast, Ireland you just have to "look" like the bogyman to spend two horrendous years in horrific conditions. In Belfast, you just have to have a muscular, blocky body to be taken from your home and incarcerated in a living hell. In Belfast, the small-minded, vindictive members of council, despite the experienced and solid opinions of certified dog experts, refused to listen.
In Belfast this morning, a dog was killed because Council said he would be and because they could have it done - no matter that there were myriad options for another course of action. No matter that the dog in question had no history of aggression, no bite accusations, nothing other than he "looked like a pit bull".
And here in Ontario, every single day, responsible, loving owners live in fear of that same knock on the door.
Here in Ontario, innocent family pets have been slaughtered in the thousands, based only on how they look.
Here in our own province, misguided, vindictive and malicious members of the McGinty cabinet continue to stand by their own flawed "studies" which have been shown to be full of rhetoric and gossip and lacking veracity or substance and maintain that the mythical "pit bull" exists and lives in a state of perpetual aggressiveness and slathering need to rend and tear.
Here in Ontario I see a dog walking down the road and feel a sick, sinking feeling in my stomach if the dog "looks" a certain way and is not muzzled - because as this happy dog, stumpy tail wagging, wiggling, loving creature just goes about his business at the other end of the leash, I cringe to think someone might call and accuse him of being one of "those" dogs ... and the knock on the door will herald his demise because he "looks" a certain way.
The world mourns Lennox today and the tragic miscarriage of justice which precipitated a 2 year journey of hell and the ultimate murder based only on some person believing the lies and the myths.
Today, dogs in Ontario face the very same kind of threat, day in and day out.
STOP the madness. Breed specific legislation MUST be defeated.
STOP the slaughter of dogs like Lennox.
Let's start dealing with the REAL problem - irresponsible owners - and embrace the PROVEN reality that a dog is a dog is a dog ...
Saturday, July 7, 2012
The demonstration outside City Hall on Saturday afternoon comes after it emerged that the animal is due to be put down at the start of next week.
It follows a long-running legal battle between the owners of Lennox and Belfast City Council, which has been drawn out over the two years since he was seized by council dog wardens - and has grabbed the attention of animal lovers around the world.
Campaigners said people have flown to Northern Ireland from the United States, England, Dublin and "many other locations" to take part in the peaceful rally.
It is understood a further protest will take place in New York City on Monday.
Celebrity experts like Cesar Millan and Victoria Stilwell have also shown their support for the 'Save Lennox' campaign.
However the family last week admitted defeat and said there is nothing more they can do from a legal point of view, and that the dog "may well be killed".
Last month, senior judges sitting in the Court of Appeal backed the verdict of a County Court judge who had made an earlier ruling that Lennox could not be made safe.
Lord Justice Paul Girvan, sitting with Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan and Lord Justice Malachy Higgins, set out how dog wardens trying to examine Lennox in May 2010 had been told that the dog would "rip their head off".
While an expert dog handler retained by Mrs Barnes described Lennox as a well-handled family dog, an expert for the City Council concluded that the animal had a severe personality defect.
Lennox's family have since been advised by their legal team that there are no grounds for any further appeal.
© UTV News
[Note to readers; My own feeling, strong but sad, is that lennox was either euthanized some weeks ago or is in such rough shape that exposing the abuse to the world makes it impossible to save him - that Belfast council feels it would actually generate MORE disgust than actually announcing his death on the flimsy pretexts they have used to incarcerate an innocent dog to date]