The Lennox Law Petition
  • Petitioned Mr. Wayne Pacelle

This petition was delivered to:

President of the Humane Society of the United States of America
Mr. Wayne Pacelle
President of Ireland
Michael D. Higgins
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
David Cameron MP
President of the United States of America
President Barak Obama
Northern Ireland First Minister
Peter Robinson

The Lennox Law Petition

    1. G W
    2. Petition by

      G W

      Fuquay Varina, NC

I am doing this for Lennox  --  Lennox was an american bulldog lab cross.  He was a good boy that was killed because his head was too big.  His story is one of discrimination, lies, unnecessary cruelty and abuse.  His family did everything right.  They have suffered beyond belief.  For those of you who do not know, please view the attached videos and read the story.  Once you find out what happened you will never forget.  Please sign and tell the World to sign this petition.  Animals love us unconditionally.  An animal should never be put down because of the way it looks!!!!!  Do they euthanize humans because of their size, color or creed?  This is unjust and cruel.

About Lennox  


Hi I’m now a 7 year old American Bull dog Labrador cross and Belfast City Council want to put me to death because of how I look, I have never done any wrong. Please can you help me? I want to go home!

On the 19th May 2010, Lennox, a five year old American Bull dog Labrador cross was wrongfully seized by Belfast City Council Dog Wardens from his loving family home where he lives with his owners and his kennel mates. Lennox committed no crime nor did any member of the public complain about him. Three Belfast City Council Dog Wardens came with the PSNI to his home unannounced. The Dog Wardens then told the Police to leave as there was no need for them at the location. The Belfast City Council Dog Wardens then had tea with his owners, smoked cigarettes, chatted, played with the other family dogs after which the Dog Wardens then measured Lennox’s muzzle and rear legs with a dress maker’s tape measure and decided on those measurements without seeking any professional advice that he was possible “Pit Bull Type Breed” and so he was led from his home to be put to death by the Council. Northern Ireland has yet to fully implement the same dog legislation as mainland UK; if Northern Ireland were to complete the dog legislation here then Lennox could now be at home with his family and they would not now be facing legal prosecution. The USPCA said the law in Northern Ireland could be changed simply and rather quickly by an order in Council.

Lennox’s family have done more than required by the law as responsible dog owners who also foster dogs for various Northern Ireland dog shelters. When Lennox was a puppy his owners had him neutered, licensed, insured, DNA registered, Pet Safe registered and micro chipped and although the Belfast City Council have issued a dog licence for Lennox for the last five years and continue to do so today, the Council now find the need to class him as a Pit Bull type dog and murder him. On the day Lennox was ripped from his family home the Belfast City Council issued his owner with a warrant of seizure which was incorrectly addressed and was for another location, furthermore the Council used the ADBA Inc (American Dog Breeders Association Incorporated) breed standards guide to help identify Lennox as possible Pit Bull type. It has now become clear that the Council used this ADBA breed standards guide illegally breaking international and Berne copyright laws as Belfast City Council have never been authorised by the ADBA to use the copyrighted breed standards guide in full or derived version. Since Lennox’s seizure the ADBA have issued the Belfast City Council with ‘Cease & Desist’ orders due to the Council’s unauthorised continued use of ADBA material.

Lennox’s owners have only been contacted once by the Belfast City Council and this was two hours after Lennox had been taken. One of the Dog Wardens who seized Lennox telephoned Lennox’s owner to say “If you do not sign him over to us to be destroyed then you will most certainly lose your job as we will force a prosecution upon you through the courts.” On many attempts the family have telephoned the Council’s Dog Control Manager but to date the Manager has never taken the families call or returned any calls. Lennox’s family have never been told where he is being kept, what condition he is in, what type of care, feeding or regular exercise he receives, if any. Lennox’s family have repeatedly requested visitation to see what condition he is in however the Dog Control Manager for Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Department has continually refused all requests through the families Solicitor. Photographs of Lennox have emerged recently and have been passed to the family which clearly show Lennox in a cold inhumane concrete kennel which is visibly too small, there are no visible signs of a constant fresh water supply, heating, toys for stimulation and the photographs show Lennox sitting upright in a box type bed surrounded by his own faeces with only saw dust for bedding which many dog experts have agreed is harmful to dogs and unsuitable for bedding, yet Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Department have stated they practice humane animal welfare as set out by the DARD (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development). After studying the Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is clear that none of Lennox’s welfare needs are being met at this undisclosed Council contracted kennel.

Local leading MP’s joined in support of Lennox stating in the Belfast Telegraph and other media they were “Appalled” by the seizure and treatment of Lennox and his family. A global campaign which boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters and petition signatures has begun in support of Lennox’s freedom. The ADBA Inc, various Animal Rights groups, Animal Welfare organisations, Veterinarians, Dog Breed and Behaviourist Experts have all gave their support for Lennox’s freedom and many supporters who are regular tourists to Northern Ireland have went further to state they will not return to Northern Ireland until Lennox is returned to his home. The most heartfelt plea of all was heard from Brooke, the owners eleven year old Daughter who is registered disabled. Lennox grew up around Brooke and the two became inseparable. Due to Brooke’s illness she is unable to play each day with other children and so found Lennox to always be there as a playmate and someone to be of comfort to her. Since her best friend was taken Brooke has missed much School due to suffering health and unneeded stress caused by missing her dog. Brooke’s specialist Doctor at Belfast Royal Hospital for Sick Children has also expressed growing concern for the child’s separation from her pet.

We ask for your help to Save Lennox, stop his incarceration and stop him from being put to death by Belfast City Council who wrongfully took him. If you have any compassion you will clearly see that far too many wrongs and errors have been made by the Council in the seizure of this much loved family pet and you will help correct a wrong. Please help this little girl become reunited with her best friend.

We learned today, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 that Lennox has been put to death. Was Lennox still alive? Had the Belfast City Council already killed this the reason they would not let any celebrities intervene or let Lennox family see him and be with him during euthanization? What was the coverup? Lennox was an American Bulldog/Labrador and was a sweet boy. He was euthanized because of the size of his head. This is discrimination - he was judged by his appearance solely. This is must end....not only for black dogs, bully looking dogs but for all dogs via pitbull or chihuahua! It must end.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Teresa Baker UNION, NE
      • about 2 years ago


    • Terry Russo STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      The Belfast City Council committed crimes in illegally seizing Lennox, a family pet. Even after it was proven that he had done nothing wrong, had never bitten or attacked anyone, and despite worldwide outcry for his release, they maliciously ended Lennox's life. They are truly despicable and evil, their killing of the dog Lennox was totally illegal.

      The simplest guidelines for conducting a court hearing were not followed. The judge only accepted the testimony that the Belfast City Council wanted him to accept. He went by the lies of the dog warden named Alexandra LIghtfoot, testimony that was proven to be perjury, and also by the testimony of Peter Tallack, a former police dog handler who had no expertise whatsoever in animal behavior, and who had been paid by the Belfast City Council to say what they wanted him to say. The judge completely ignored the testimony of two highly respected animal behaviorists who had testified that Lennox was a good natured dog and no threat to anyone. The judge also ignored the fact that the dog wardens had come to the Barnes resident by accident; they had a warrant for a different address and a different name, and should never have been allowed to take Lennox in the first place. He ignored the fact that Caroline Barnes had taken every possible step to comply with dog ownership guidelines: Lennox had been neutered, micro-chipped, and DNA tested as a puppy. He had been muzzled when out in public. He had a valid license issued by the same Belfast City Council for the five years before he had been seized, which listed him as a Labrador/American Bulldog cross, and breed that had not been banned. No private citizen had ever made any complaints about Lennox. He had been seized by mistake by the BCC dog wardens, and then instead of admitting they had made a mistake, they claimed that he was a banned breed. When this was proven to be false, then they claimed that he was dangerous. This was a dog that had been the close companion and friend to a disabled young girl.

      The Barnes family was never again allowed to see Lennox, even though the hearings and appeals went on for two years. When the last appeal was lost, the Barnes family asked to see Lennox one last time to say good-bye. They were refused permission. In fact, NO ONE from the outside was allowed to see him, not even an independent veterinarian. The Belfast City Council refused to allow Lennox to be relocated to another country, even though well-know behaviorists had offered to take him to a sanctuary, where he wouldn't even have come in contact with the public.

      The High Court in Northern Ireland had stated right before Lennox was murdered, that the Belfast City Council could submit another appeal for Lennox to be relocated to a sanctuary outside the country. The BCC merely ignored the direct call from the Court. All this has led many people to believe that Lennox had in fact been killed long before the last appeal had been heard. That is why no one could have seen him, he was already gone.

      This case has been such an outrageous violation of justice, of law, and of common decency. Shall a local government be able to completely ignore the law and do what they please in violating the rights of their ciizens? Those of us who were involved in desperately trying to get sanity to prevail and save Lennox's life, can never forget the evil actions of the Belfast City Council, and the judges who were involved in the case.

    • Malcolm Shepherd III PARADISE, UNITED STATES
      • about 2 years ago

      Any person that mistreats an animal of any kind should be locked up

    • Candice O'Donnell MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because killing animals for no reason is wrong

      • about 2 years ago

      We need a law in rememberance of not only Lennox, but all the dogs who have already died, and those who will be subject to the BSL bullshit!!


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