Save Lennox from Execution
  • Petitioned Michelle O' Neill

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Michelle O' Neill
Attorney General
John Larkin

Save Lennox from Execution

    1. Clare Ascough
    2. Petition by

      Clare Ascough

      Gauteng, South Africa

It is official - the day that thousands of dog lovers from across the world hoped that they would never see - the day that judges in Northern Ireland have upheld the ruling to destroy the dog named "Lennox".

BBC News released the disheartening information on Tuesday.

The country's most senior judges have upheld the lower court's ruling to kill Lennox, dismissing Lennox's owner's desperate appeals to save her beloved pet.

Lennox has never attacked anyone. Lennox has never threatened to attack anyone. Lennox has never been anything more than a treasured companion to his adoring family.

But thanks to the way that he looks, he will lose his life. Lennox looks like a pit bull - a "dangerous breed" according to officials in Northern Ireland.

For five years, Lennox was able to enjoy a wonderful life with his family.

His owner, Caroline Barnes, was a responsible owner. While in the Barnes family's care, Lennox was neutered, kept up to date on his shots, licensed and microchipped.

But in Northern Ireland, how Lennox looks has trumped the responsibility of his family and his own good behavior.

Lennox was ripped from the home of those he knew and loved back in May, 2010. Since that time, he has been incarcerated as court battles raged to save, or end, his life.

His time of emotional suffering will soon draw to a close.

Recent signatures


    1. Lennox has been officially "killed"

      Clare Ascough
      Petition Organizer

      Belfast City Council confirmed today that the dog Lennox, an illegal pit-bull terrier type, has been humanely put to sleep. This was in accordance with the Order of the County Court which was affirmed by the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

      Whilst there is an exemption scheme to which dogs of this type (pit-bull terrier type) may be admitted as an alternative to destruction, there were no such measures that could be applied in this case that would address the concerns relating to public safety. The Council`s expert described the dog as one of the most unpredictable and dangerous dogs he had come across.

      Over the past two years, Council officials have been subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse including threats of violence and death threats. The Council has been in ongoing contact with the PSNI in relation to that.

      The Council regrets that the court action was necessary but would emphasise that the safety of the public remains its key priority.

    2. Reached 15,000 signatures
    3. Official Statement From Lennox's Family:

      Clare Ascough
      Petition Organizer

      We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all again for your messages of support. We are sorry to say at the present time Belfast city council seem to be intent on killing our boy. Despite previous assurances otherwise, we have been denied the opportunity to say goodbye. We have also been told that we cannot collect his body and bring Len home. We have been informed however that we will receive "some" ashes in the mail.

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. One last push of urgent e-mails needed for a Lennox miracle

      Clare Ascough
      Petition Organizer

      Again, in exclusive information given to me by my sources close to the case of Lennox, late Friday, a staunch supporter of the campaign to free him presented herself to Buckingham Palace, to deliver a plea for a Royal Prerogative of Mercy for this precious boy. Now, e-mails are needed in support of that plea, and they need to be sent immediately.

      The only people besides the Queen who have any authority to help Lennox at this point are the Northern Ireland Attorney General, John Larkin, and the Minister of Agriculture, Michelle O'Neil. The e-mail addresses for them are as follows:

      Minister of Agriculture, Michelle O'Neil:
      Attorney General, John Larkin:

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures
    7. Join the Sentinel Guardians

      Clare Ascough
      Petition Organizer

      Please join and register as an 'Offical" Guardian of our Fragile Planet

    8. Reached 5,000 signatures
    9. Video proof that the warden lied under oath about Lennox

      Clare Ascough
      Petition Organizer

      Please view this video, showing the warden lied under oath... This makes my blood boil...

      EDIT: Seems that the video has been "removed" for public viewing - something fishy is going on and someone's hiding the obvious truth...

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Clare Ascough GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      NOTE: This petition is now closed. Lennox was "killed" at 7am GMT. RIP Lennox the sweet boy.

    • elaine cuttler MILLBURN, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      This is such a travesty you have committed! I was planning a trip to Ireland, but now will never come to your country or personally support you financially or in any other way. Shame on you!

    • Joe Edwards MANCHESTER, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      If this were a human, there would be riots & mayhem. The fact that people are "scared" just shows their ignorance & inhumanity, and it's those people that should be in a cage and not an innocent dog because of the look that he was born with!!! I thought people weren't supposed to judge a book by it's cover! I'm embarrassed to be a part of these people's species! This innocent dog needs to be saved while the ignorant people need to get a brain!!!

    • Roy Wood CHATSWORTH, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      nothing should be destroyed bc of its race,creed,breed etc. if we as a race continue down this path it will lead us to genocide against humans and we can use the excuse well they are different and therefore dangerous.

    • Daniela Naujokat DORTMUND, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      I just can`t understand humans...

      another reason to be ashamed to be one!


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