Francis has gone to rainbow bridge (Thursday 28th July 2016 9.15am)
Jul 28, 2016 — I'm so sorry to be the bearer of this horrible news that Francis has been killed. He was only 18 months old, he had been picked up as a stray, he was taken to Battersea Dogs Home and the Metropolitan Police deemed him to be a dangerous dog.
Over the course of the last 3 days, myself and many others have fought endlessly to try to save this dog, with the hope that this would enable saving many more in the future.
We offered help from Parry Welch Solicitors who have experience and success in saving dogs in this situation. Unfortunately, Battersea didn't talk with them and ultimately insisted on basing their decision on their own legal adviser Trevor Cooper, who runs a business called Dogs Law SOS.
We never wanted Battersea to break the law, this is not what would have saved Francis. We wanted Battersea to look at other options and consider other professional advice. Unfortunately, they felt they couldn't do this.
Francis has been killed. When? We don't know. I want to clarify, we are not against Battersea Dogs Home. We are angry and disappointed that they would not even consider any help or advice.
Please keep the pressure on the Government to get this barbaric legislation changed. No dog should die because of how they look. Seems a tape measure makes the difference between life and death.
Dear boy, we tried to save you. We fought so hard and I am so sorry you have been failed. You are not the only one and to every other dog who is on death row, this is not over! You all deserved so much more.
Breed Specific Legislation is barbaric, murder. This petition will carry on to force this legislation to be changed asap. No more deaths!!!
Please keep sharing and signing, there are so many dogs who need our help.
Thankyou everyone for your continued support over the last 3 days. Unfortunately, we couldn't #savefrancis but we CAN and we WILL #EndBSL
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