Wednesday 20 June

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Let Family Say ‘Bye To Death Sentence Dog!
For our first phone in: I want to know what you make of the family barred from saying goodbye to their pet dog due to be executed any day now because he’s deemed dangerous despite the fact he’s never bitten anyone. Belfast Council has blocked all attempts by the Barnes family to say farewell. Should they show a little more compassion?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Marco for the rest of the day’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Maternity: Leave Me Alone!
Then: Maternity: Leave me alone! Lowri set the ball rolling on this yesterday when she said women shouldn’t see maternity leave as a holiday, you should expect to keep a toe in with work. Simple question: should you?

Part 6: Ease Drug Penalties For Youngsters
After that: Ease drug penalties for youngsters? The latest government drug tsar worries busting those in their late teens for drugs only serves to wreck the rest of their life. Better to ban them from driving for a bit instead. I can see his point but why spare only youngsters from the weight of the law? Surely if you remove the fear of punishment. There’ll be nothing to stop youngsters getting high as kites?

Part 7: Too Dim To Shop
And finally: Too dim to shop - a chance to hear what you think of those clothes shops so badly lit you need a torch to see what you’re buying? Why do they making shopping so damn difficult. Maybe a boycott might help them see the light?

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Comments (224)

  • Sarah Jones

    almost 2 years ago

    Sarah Jones

    Thank you for highlighting this terrible injustice, Lennox's family have gone through two years of misery as Belfast Council refuse to back down. He has never done anything wrong and has the support of so many professionals, and for BCC to refuse to allow him to be rehomed in another country is simply cruel.

  • llane

    almost 2 years ago

    llane

    I'm in the US, and this is just unbelievable ! Anyone with a brain knows you never judge a dog by looks ! Any breed is capable of being a biter. In fact Bully Breeds are way down on the list, but the media loves anything negative on them, so that's all they print about, or report on. I mean, how much positive is there in any dailey newspaper across the world ? It's 97% negative, that's how messed up the news has become. But there's been a very good news report around the Boston area here about an actual PitBull named Lilly. She saved her owner. Her owner was laying on the train tracks, and Lilly literally dragged her off and took the hit herself. She lost her front right leg, and fractured her pelvis, but she survived, and is getting stronger everyday ! That's how loving, and loyal dogs are ! People in our country are equally as supportive,concerned, saddened, angry, hopeful, and not giving up the fight to bring Lennox home safe to his family. These people have already taken 2 years away from alot of good peoples lives, and the the time Lennox should have been being a happy dog. So they will already have to answer to karma for that, they will never be able to undo karma.

  • Kate Daum

    almost 2 years ago

    Kate Daum

    The treatment of Lennox and his family is a disgrace. BCC is a disgrace and should be prosecuted for neglect, distortion, lies and cruelty. Lennox should be returned to his loving family. I so wish we knew where he is being kept - there are thousands of us who would go in and rescue him!

  • P D Binder

    almost 2 years ago

    P D Binder

    Hang your head in shame Belfast City Council

  • jackie

    almost 2 years ago

    jackie

    Someone should check whether the poor boy is still alive. Maybe that is why no one can see him and the judges wont let him go. The council and the judges are 'all in it together'. Lets have proof they are not corrupt, lets see the evidence that lennox is alive and lets see the evidence that he is a danger, lets see the evidence that his family have abused the dog warden. No evidence no trial and he is innocent. Innocent until proven guilty that is the UK and NI way isn't it?

  • Ellen

    almost 2 years ago

    Ellen

    Dogs with no bad blood should not be taken away purely because they "look frightening." My dog is a rehomed Guide Dog- fully trained and retired. She is big, black, shaggy and has been trained to walk ahead of her owners which makes it look like she is pulling the leash. Frequently people flinch away from her or refuse to walk past her on the bus so I guess she looks frightening. Should she be put down too?

  • vivien tomkinson

    almost 2 years ago

    vivien tomkinson

    This case against Lennox has been a travesty from start to finish. I have followed it closely from the start and what this family and their poor dog have gone through for two years is a disgrace. Lennox should be freed and allowed home. If he dies heads should roll. shame on you Belfast City Council

  • Elaine

    almost 2 years ago

    Elaine

    Not only did people lie in court but how, with the other evidence and knowing the public opinion and this dog's history, could the judge rule this way. I have followed this case for 2years, written letters, signed the petition and got friends to sign it too. How can BCC get away with this - why won't they just back off and let poor Lennox go - this is an absolute disgrace

  • Kim Herbert

    almost 2 years ago

    Kim Herbert

    I can't believe this can be happening in today's civilised society? Can someone tell me when we stepped back in time to witch hunts and mediaeval laws? You don't kill a dog or a person just because they look a certain way! This poor, innocent dog has suffered beyond belief in a cell with no companionship, no walkies, no daylight - he is ill and loosing his fur and is stressed. In the UK there are laws to keeping animals in those conditions, why not in Belfast? Not only did the dog warden lie in court (there is unmistakeable proof) and the expert the judge listened to was in fact, no expert at all. This whole thing is a shambles and if it were a human it would have been thrown out of court long ago and sweet Lennox would be home. A country is judged by the way it treats its animals. Shame on you Belfast City Council. You are too scared to admit you were wrong and because of that, an innocent creature of God is suffering and so is his family. Who has a moral right to cause that? No one! Live and let live. Judge as you shall be judged. God bless Lennox and his family.

  • Janet taylor

    almost 2 years ago

    Janet taylor

    ,Lennox has done no wrong, Belfast City Council are the ones that are in the wrong !!!!!!!!! End BSL Over 150,000 supporters say •.¸”*°•.¸☆ ★ ☆¸.•°*”¸.•°*”˜ . . . . ♥♥♥ FREE ♥♥♥ . . . . . . . . . . . . ♥♥♥ LENNOX ♥♥♥ . . . . . . ¸.•°*”˜¸.•°*”☆ ★ ☆”*°•.¸˜”*°•.¸ ♥♥♥♥♥♥ WE ARE ALL BEHIND YOU ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Debbie Channing

    almost 2 years ago

    Debbie Channing

    Hi, First I would like to say that I am the founder and a Trustee of a Pet Rescue Charity and have been rescuing and rehoming dogs for the past 30+ years and work alongside other Pet Rescue Charities. I came to the understanding a long time ago that there is no such thing as a bad Dog only bad owners. These Staffy crosses 'Types' which are being seized have nothing what so ever to do with Pitbull fighting and approx 90% of them are simply good natured, home loving family pets. Can someone please give me a logical explanation of how a non banned, non aggressive Staffy crossed with a non banned, non aggressive Labrador, Boxer, Ridgeback etc etc suddenly becomes a dangerous dog? This has all come about over a terrible incident where a child was mauled to death by a Staffy cross, (which for some reason is called a Pitbull 'Type') Fortunately this is a very rare occurance so why is our government ordering the execution of Innocent, tail wagging, non aggressive Staffy crosses including puppies for simply just 'measuring up' and not taking into consideration their temperament ? This may be Law but I do not accept it as It is wrong. In all of my 30+ years in rescue Staffy crosses have been the most endearing of breeds. They are eager to please their owners and love nothing more than to make us laugh. They are Intelligent and sensitive, lovable and loyal and make wonderful family pets and have been well known as the nanny dog since victorian times and they ARE safe around children. These Innocent victims which are being seized and ruthlessly executed by our Government have done nothing wrong. They have harmed no one..SO WHY ARE THEY BEING EXECUTED? I could understand if a dog is clearly savage and dangerously out of control which is what I believed the DDA to be in place for...but it is not. iI is ethnic cleansing of a 'type' of dog not judged on its actions but on its looks alone..and poor innocent Lennox who has harmed no one in his entire 7 years of life is to be destroyed for what.? Does every person who looks like Ian Brady have to be executed? I would like to see our government bring in compulsory neutering and chipping of all dogs. We as a nation are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Innocent unwanted dogs everyweek. Any responsible dog owner will neuter their Pet Dog. I would like to see those who are not being ordered to neuter their pet as they are the sole cause of the over population of staffy 's / crosses...they are literally breeding them to death.!! If This backed up with a very strict and expensive breeders licence with the welfare of the animals of paramount importance then we will have solved the problems..AS THIS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION Is it not about time our Government listens to those of us who see these problems on a daily basis... why wait until they are born and then kill them? ..Simply stop them being made by Irresponsible humans in the fist place..Did you know that it costs the British Tax payer 2.4million a year to seize and destroy 90% innocent ,home loving, staffy crosses, which incidentaly are owned and loved by British tax paying dog lovers..Maybe your Dog will be next?

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  • Diane Coles, Cardiff

    almost 2 years ago

    Diane Coles, Cardiff

    I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet as there are too many comments to read through, but Brooke Bankes is actually disabled and Lennox is her comfort/therapy dog. Also, if you haven't been there, log on to "www.savelennox.co.uk" and see the lies that the wardens told about him. They are cuddling him, he is kissing them, and then they say in court that they are afraid of him, especially the one female warden. Just send him home where he belongs

  • Susan Rimmer

    almost 2 years ago

    Susan Rimmer

    Let us not forget that not only are they refusing the family to see him, but also the famly's vet. Photographs have been published on line that show Lennox in appalling condition with a skin complaint, which is reported to be seasonal allergies. Yet BCC have REFUSED to let the families vet examine him. If the reason for his poor condition is indeed season allergies, this is easily treated and there is NO EXCUSE for him being in such a bad way. Makes me think BCC are hiding more than is being spoken about. This whole case is a disgrace to the justice system. SEND LENNOX HOME.

  • tammy

    almost 2 years ago

    tammy

    Its time lennox went home to his family! 2 years in prison just because he looks wrong! this dog has not put a foot wrong since he was taken!. bsl is a stupid law that needs to end before they have even more innocent blood on there hands!

  • loo saunders

    almost 2 years ago

    loo saunders

    I am appalled and upset that Lennox wiil be destroyed,It is totally unjust and sick, he has done nothing at all to warrant this. I think the lady who called last had a great point in that it's the media that has made certain dogs seem scary.....we've had all this with Doberman's, German Shepherd's, Rottweiler's etc all deemed dangerous dogs in past times, when simply it's their upbringing and media, however i do feel few people unfortunately use their bad name and own a dog simply for status which does not help, but i personally do not ever feel scared or threatened by any "dangerous dog" to say they are scary looking is a personal dislike not shared by everyone! I know i am not alone on this either........FREE LENNOX NOW AND SEND HIM HOME, my prayers to all involved

  • elizabeth

    almost 2 years ago

    elizabeth

    This is just stupid and a person who has to much power. The idea that there are those people who can decide who dies and who lives should love on an island all by themselves so they can't harm others! This dog should be at home with his family but because of these people who feel they have all of the power are doing what they want. As long as people put people like this into these positions, these things will continue to happen. Get rid of these dead beats and put someone in there with some soul! Then maybe this dog or others would have had a better outcome. This is heartbreaking that this innocent dog was taken from his family only to live such a horrible life for doing nothing, and now will be put to sleep just because???? I don't get it?????

  • Emma

    almost 2 years ago

    Emma

    This case is unbelievabe. Lennox should be freed immediately. I dread to think of the repercusions should he actually be put down. Just reading through the comments here should tell whoever is now in authority of the case that the world is watching.

  • Karen Lee Burton

    almost 2 years ago

    Karen Lee Burton

    Great Stuff!! Pardon the pun. The more publicity we get the more people will find out about this fight and the disgusting way that Belfast City Council and The courts have treated Lennox. Only a pardon from the queen or the secretary of state can pardon Lennox despite alternative homes being offered to him. I have no doubt that eventually Lennox will be killed and he will leave a massive whole in our hearts but the damage that BCC have done to their reputation throughout the world is immeasurable. Lowries comments are "real" from her perspective and many others will agree with her as they only have negative views of these type of dogs and I urge her to visit Battersea or Dogs Trust and see the positive side of these breeds, good owners, good dogs, deed not breed. Any more positive publicity is very welcome as i want the world to know and understand the injustice that has been dealt by the courts and BCC perhaps then we might see some change to this unjust law. Over 151,000 have already signed the petition to save Lennox, Have your say and join us.

  • den

    almost 2 years ago

    den

    The people involved in the decision to kill Lennox are petty and spiteful. They will not accept the evidence that Lennox is not aggressive. 2 years alone, deprived of his family is a disgraceful and cruel act. Shame on those involved.

  • Alison

    almost 2 years ago

    Alison

    A dog should be judged on his/her behaviour and not by his/her breed. Labradours can easily be aggressive and bite but their breed is considered to be one of the safest around children. This situation with Lennox is disgraceful!

  • Kathy Musker

    almost 2 years ago

    Kathy Musker

    This council is so typical of councils who think they are dictators and do not listen to reason. They are to pig headed to admit they are wrong. To keep this poor dog for 2 years when it has done no wrong, the poor family must be going through hell, Then to state they are going to kill Lennox when their is no evidence to support this is barbaric and disgraceful. SHAME ON THE DESPOTS WHO ARE DOING THIS!

  • linda27

    almost 2 years ago

    linda27

    punish the deed not the breed.this poor dog lennox has suffered enough.this should never have happened/this dog lennox is innocent hes done nothing wrong YET he has been taken away from is good loving family and locked up in a secret location where the owners have not been allowed to go and se him.you dont treat humans like this so why are they causing lennox and is family so much pain and torture.this has got to end now.lennox is a innocent dog who as done nothing wrong.now come belfast city council why dont you just admit you are so wrong and free this innocent dog lennox.we are all hoping you change your mind and let lennox live and go back to hisloving family....please stop what you are doing to this dog now please

  • Amanda Kirchner

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Kirchner

    Let Lennox go home, he is being held for no reason as he has done nothing wrong. Its just torture for him sitting there day after long day all by himself and he cant imagine where his family have gone. Please do the right thing set him free please.

  • HAZEL WILKINSON

    almost 2 years ago

    HAZEL WILKINSON

    this is the saddest case against a lovely gentle dog i didnt see the show but i do know the lennox case this dog has been very cruely treated by the council and so called animal welfare he did nothing wrong he is not agressive he is a very gentle dog just be cause of what he looks like you would not do this to a human saying their race ment that they should be erased from the world would you NO you wouldnt you wouldnt dare but this is a dog so you can he was well looked after and under control its wrong to sentace this dog to death this is murder of an inocent animal it makes me sick so FREE LENNOX NOW LET HIM LIVE DONT MURDER HIM BECAUSE THIS IS MURDER OF AN INOCENT ANIMAL

  • Vicky

    almost 2 years ago

    Vicky

    Free Lennox !!

  • Debbie Pinner

    almost 2 years ago

    Debbie Pinner

    Thank you for covering this story. Lennox has done nothing wrong. The world is watching and waiting for the day that he is sent home to his family... we'll keep fighting for you Lennox. FREE LENNOX.

  • Rose Butler

    almost 2 years ago

    Rose Butler

    BSL doesn't work. The people being targeted are the responsible family owners like Lennox's family and the dogs being destroyed are innocent pets that have done nothing wrong, they just have the wrong measurements and looks. The people who train the dogs for fighting are still continuing what they do. If all the dogs on the dangerous dogs list were destroyed would anyone really be that stupid to think that would solve the problem, all that would happen is they would pick another breed of dog and then we start the same thing all over again. What sort of message are you sending out to our children - it is NOT okay to kill an innocent. Belfast City Council was wrong and they should have been big enough to acknowledge that fact and put everything right, Lennox was a 5 year old dog when seized not a boisterous out of control puppy and he had done nothing wrong

  • mags taylor

    almost 2 years ago

    mags taylor

    the UK law states innocent until proven guilty,yet this dog has done nothing, but has been found guilty of nothing more than being a mix breed . the owners have complied with the law and yet some kind of kangaroo court has still made the judgement

  • vivien tomkinson

    almost 2 years ago

    vivien tomkinson

    This should not just be about If The Barnes should be allowed to see the dog, and of course they should. Its should be about the decision to kill a dog purely because of his measurements and now I believe the egos of the people that made that decision. Hes an innocent family pet. This council have exempted other dogs in Lennox position But not Lennox Is this because the family have dared to stand up to them.?

  • linda walsh

    almost 2 years ago

    linda walsh

    i am hpigand praying very hard that lennox is freed and is free to go back to is good caring family.lennox should not be put to sleep.bcchav made the wrong dicision.lplease help to save lennox

  • Maz Workman

    almost 2 years ago

    Maz Workman

    @Lowri os the og put it's "huge studded collar"on itself?What a rdiculous statement!!!It's the foolish irresponsible owners that are to blame not the dog!!! I have an American Bulldog and believe me hes a lot more reliable and submissive than the so called "cute" little rats that narrow minded people such as yourself seem to think have the right to take over the dog pen at the park!!!! BSL is pure racism in its entirety!!! Admit to your failings BCC and let Lennox go home!!

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  • L McLean

    almost 2 years ago

    L McLean

    Belfast City Council, please find another way. This dog has done nothing, this decison is so wrong. FREE LENNOX PLEASE!

  • Mrs Cynthia Boyall

    almost 2 years ago

    Mrs Cynthia Boyall

    This innocent dog called Lennox has done nothing wrong and Belfast City Council want him destroyed because of how he looks; Lowrys stupid comment asking "why do people buy scary dogs" was incredulous; You definately need to get educated Lowry

  • Jacky Owens

    almost 2 years ago

    Jacky Owens

    BSL is cruel and does not work - it only punishes the innocent. This should never have gone this far. Free Lennox and let him return to his family.

  • Buffy

    almost 2 years ago

    Buffy

    A shame that an innocent dog is going to suffer because Belfast City Council is afraid to admit they were wrong :-( Let Lennox go home , he is innocent ! Where is the JUSTICE in this ?

  • james

    almost 2 years ago

    james

    If this dog has been provoked in an attempt to get it to retaliate to prove its a dangers dog. Is this not a case animal cruelty?

  • Karen Booth-Isherwood

    almost 2 years ago

    Karen Booth-Isherwood

    thankyou for doing the story on Lennox,well done Marco on your comments,and Lowry you need educating,i have 3 staffy's and i take then all out on my own in one hand under complete control,they don't even look at another dog,not even the one's that are barking behind the gate's we walk past,they dont wear big studded collers and they want to lick everyone they see,the chiwawas at the end of mt street are nasty she has to take them out when its dark so they dont go for anyone!BCC need a complete overall of there staff,ppl in this case need sacking,please look more in depth in this case and the DDa law it all stinks,you need to use you whole show on this subjest not just 25 min

  • chris b

    almost 2 years ago

    chris b

    is belfast going insane? i just cant get my head ahead this, 1-he is not classed as a dangerous dog 2- he has not shown he is dangerous 3-even knowing he isnt dangerous they still muzzle him when walks. surely belfast council are saying to themselfs 'how do we get out of this one' this is unfair and stupid. i dont understand what the world is coming to

  • Ruth

    almost 2 years ago

    Ruth

    Thank you for highlighting Lennox' story today. Thank you Mr White for your very accurate comment about 'egos'. There is so much that is wrong with the handling of Lennox' case - dodgy warrants, perjury, untrained assessors - please visit the www.savelennox.co.uk website to get the full story & sign his petition. Even Peter Robinson, the N.I. First Minister is unhappy with the case - but will BCC admit they have made errors - no, as M r White said - it's all about egos. IMO BSL looks at the wrong end of the lead - it is the owwner/trainer who makes a dog dangerous or a calm well-behaved family pet like Lennox. Owners should be held accountable for their dog's behaviour, not the dog. Thank you again for highlighting this case.

  • Lorraine Higginson

    almost 2 years ago

    Lorraine Higginson

    Shame on belfast city council. BSL laws have to change. Because it is totally rediculous. When that happens BCC will look pretty stupid. Admit your mistake BCC. Better to look a bit stupid than to wrongly take a life. A mistake has been made here and noone will admit to it. I definatley see this as a form of racism. Its like saying William from shankill road belfast shot someone so all William,s from shankill should go to jail. (JUST IN CASE) Poor Lennox is the victim of abuse, and it makes me so angry that i can do nothing to help him.

  • Michele Poole

    almost 2 years ago

    Michele Poole

    It is not only the plight of dear Lennox and all the other innocent dogs caught up in this stupid law. This case is about a dog warden lying under oath that she was scared of Lennox, when photos have been shown in court of her cuddling Lennox and he is licking her face. Peter Tallick saying he was dangerous when on video it has shown Lennox showed NO aggression towards him while being tested. The photo taken by a neighbour of another Dog Warden sitting outside Lennox's home SMOKING, which is a sackable offence in a Company vehicle. then BCC say that the neighbours were being intimidating. It is all lies. This case should have been thrown out of court from day 1. The Judge inquestion is not Man enough to put his hands up and say Sorry.

  • Sheri Skinner

    almost 2 years ago

    Sheri Skinner

    BSL is completely flawed - and Belfast City Council should definitely be prosecuted for their treatment of Lennox... after they release him to the loving care of his family! Praying Lennox's life is spared - as someone else said, support for Lennox is overwhelming worldwide, and this poor dog has done nothing wrong!!

  • sharon elder

    almost 2 years ago

    sharon elder

    I have followed the Lennox case since he was taken and i am totally discusted by the fact that this has gone on for so long and the poor lad hasn`t been able to go home, he is innocent , never bitten or showed agression ,he`s been judged by his looks, it`s a disgrace. Deed not breed. and as for Belfast City Council are concerned i have no time for them, they are a bunch of idiots. The world is watching and we wont forget. I am proud to say i am one of lennox`s thousands of supporters and shall keep fighting for justice for Lennox and all the other BSL victims.

  • Jessica Springall

    almost 2 years ago

    Jessica Springall

    Thank you for highlighting Lennox's case.. Hopefully despite Lowri Turner's disgusting generalisation about the breed (I feel she ought to apologise publicly) it will bring much needed attention to the failings of the dangerous dogs act and breed specific legislation and help us in our fight to have the law changed to deed not breed (in other words hold the owner of any dog breed accountable for bad behaviour not the dog).

  • Jessica Springall

    almost 2 years ago

    Jessica Springall

    Thank you for highlighting Lennox's case.. Hopefully despite Lowri Turner's disgusting generalisation about the breed (I feel she ought to apologise publicly) it will bring much needed attention to the failings of the dangerous dogs act and breed specific legislation and help us in our fight to have the law changed to deed not breed (in other words hold the owner of any dog breed accountable for bad behaviour not the dog).

  • Liz Marshall

    almost 2 years ago

    Liz Marshall

    Free Lennox Now!

  • Maureen Craven

    almost 2 years ago

    Maureen Craven

    AGREED PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED. LENNOX SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM HIS FAMILY!!! HE IS NOT A DANGEROUS DAOG IN FACT THERES NO SUCH THING AS A DANGEROUS DOG, JUST DANGEROUS OWNERS. HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME BELFAST CITY COUNCIL!!!!!!!

  • Mrs Diane Patricia Jones

    almost 2 years ago

    Mrs Diane Patricia Jones

    I have followed Lennox's sad story and networked for him. Why is it that people in high places never have any common sense or empathy? I cannot believe that they have condemned Lennox to death for his looks...how ludicrous! He has a loving responsible family, no history or aggression and has spent two years of his life in awful conditions. I would not fair as well as he has if someone did that to me. It takes a brave, person to admit when they have made a mistake and allow him the freedom to go home to his child companion. Why can't you have empathy for Lennox and his family? Do you have a heart and soul? Do you even like dogs? There is no shame in reversing the decision, do the right thing before this goes any further. Surely you can see that it is the owners who are to blame for the dogs who are aggressive...not the dogs. If Lennox was going to show any agression he would have done so by now. This little girl will be affected for the whole of her life ..she will never forget! Would you put your child through that?

  • Josephine Polland

    almost 2 years ago

    Josephine Polland

    Free Lennox,the whole BSL is ludicrous & doesn`t work as it has clearly shown,a human being would never be treated the way Lennox and his family have been,especially there daughter called Brooke to whom Lennox is her best friend & therapy dog,how can Belfast City Council & the judges treat a little girl & her family like this,especially when Lennox hasn`t bitten anyone or showed any signs of aggression even although he has been locked up in a sawdust cell & treated inhumanely, it`s time all the murderers,rapists,child beaters e.t.c were treated like this & not poor Lennox who is innocent & has done nothing wrong,the whole WORLD IS WATCHING,this is animal cruelty,do the right thing & FREE LENNOX & a Massive Thanks to Matthew Wright & his guests for Highlighting Lennox`s Story.

  • J Jewula

    almost 2 years ago

    J Jewula

    Blame the deed not the breed. Poor Lennox .done nothing wrong

  • NatureClip

    almost 2 years ago

    NatureClip

    Those that discriminate breed have the same mentality as racists #StopTheCycle #SaveLennox

  • Jackie Amor

    almost 2 years ago

    Jackie Amor

    Just a Dog (just think about it and free Lennox) “Just a dog” they often say, but what they never knew is the meaning of the word JUST, is lawful and true, upright and equitable, righteous and correct. These words describe my dogs, on this I won’t defect. Just a dog Is what you need when people let you down. Just a dog is what you need, a friend and a clown. Just a dog when you need help to dry your tears. Just a dog to chase away the demons and the fears. So when the next person says “just a dog” to you, Tell them that they need to think their words through. If all men were upright, lawful and correct Every soul, including dogs, would get their due respect .

  • claire

    almost 2 years ago

    claire

    Bsl belongs back in the stone ages, any dog can be aggressive, its narrow minded comments like me and my little dog feel threatened when we she a scarey looking dog coming up to us that cause the sterotyping of dogs, much like discrimination and racisim in the human race. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and who is to say a bull type breed is scarey anyway, very judgementel. There is poor Lennox locked up for two years, who has been registered with the same council for 5 years and even in these awful circumstances appears to be a pleasant dog (going by his assessment video, where the same warden who said she would be scared being around him is having her face licked by him). The only law or danger appears to be for Lens wellbeing in the "care" of belfast cc, his preexisting skin condition has deteriorated, he appears to be in inadequate environment etc what happened to animal welfare laws. Deed not Breed

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  • L Crane

    almost 2 years ago

    L Crane

    This is disgusting - sentencing a dog to deth for no reason. This country is going backwards in relation to animal welfare. What next DNA testing for humans to see if they have a 'crime' gene - if so, kill them? Por Lennox, in a loving home them cruelly taken away and shoved in a old kennel with only sawdust for a bed. Belfast hang your head on shame :-(

  • Paula

    almost 2 years ago

    Paula

    ENOUGH.....FREE LENNOX.......END BSL.........EDUCATE DON'T DISCRIMINATE.

  • Su Thompson

    almost 2 years ago

    Su Thompson

    Just about sums this country up. A phone in on a dog and there are over 160 comments on this page. Phone ins on the sexual abuse of children or drug/alcohol related crime and other such things that wreck the loives of thousands....zilch. Go figure!

  • Nicola Gourlay

    almost 2 years ago

    Nicola Gourlay

    Lennox is an innocent dog, he has done nothing wrong ! They are killing him because they think he might do something wrong. Shall i hand myself in to the local police station and ask them to put me in prison as i might do something wrong in the future ???? Its a joke ! Poor Lennox, he needs to be home with his family

  • Kylie

    almost 2 years ago

    Kylie

    Poor Lennox and his poor family. Its disgusting the way BCC have treated them. 2 YEARS they have kept him for. I think they are not allowing the family to see him as the conditions he is kept in are not up to standard. They should be done for cruelty. This is an innocent dog and family. Reunite them and admit your wrong!!!!!

  • jane

    almost 2 years ago

    jane

    I have been around dogs for over 33 years during which time I have dealth with numerous breeds from dogue de bordeaux and pit bull types to yorkshire terriers. the only time I have ever been bitten was by a scottish terrier and like many cases of dog bites it was through the fault of the owner. The lack of compassion to Lennoxs' family is inexcusable, and the BSL law is rediculous. People like Lowri Turner are the reason these cases occur. Her bias towards certain breeds, like many other ignorant people, is the core why dogs like Lennox have been ripped from their family, isolated and emotionly deprived. The family have a right to see their family member and those who prevent this should look up the words empathy, compassion and family.

  • F Coulson

    almost 2 years ago

    F Coulson

    I am beyond appalled at Belfast City Council - it's arrogance, it's APPALLING maltreatment of Lennox (and his family) . The Council will be associated forever more with this mis-carriage of justice if this goes ahead. Even if Lennox is saved I am glad that the reputation of the Council, its wardens plus the numpty judges will be tarnished. Disgusted of Derbyshire.

  • vivien tomkinson

    almost 2 years ago

    vivien tomkinson

    Lennox is an innocent dog who measures similar to a banned breed how ridiculous. My dog would probably measure similar too and hes just been mugged by a jack russel and didn't retaliate. Lennox is a lovely family pet just like my dog. BCC free him Do the right thing.

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  • Carole

    almost 2 years ago

    Carole

    BSL is the most unfair law ever to be brought into being, who gives anyone the right to judge anyone, man or dog on how they appear, do we all have to conform to a standard set or face eradication ? i have followed and supported the fight for Lennox to be released but am not stupid enough to know that there has to be a law in place covering dangerous dogs, what i am against is the fact that most bull breeds can be typed purely for how they look, Lennox has never been aggressive to anyone , never bitten or attacked , was in a loving home being cared for, the family adhered to the law and he was chipped, neutered and insured, so why after 5 years did BCC suddenly decide to take him, what crime did he commit? i watch yobs owning staffies and pitbulls , walking them as status symbols openly outdoors, yet the police dont approach them , why ? yet they can visit someones home late at night and seize a puppy and have it pts in an hour , because they deemed it could grow into a dangerous dog, the pup in question was too young to be ID'd for starters, had never been agressive or bitten, but that didnt save her life, when will they judge on the deed not the breed, imhoM bcc wont allow Lennox home because then the world will see first hand just how he has suffered in there care, they should be facing cruelty charges at the very least, Lennox is all innocent pawn in the war for BCC to save face in the massive mistake they made in seizing this dog, ANY animal can bite, even sweet kittens, so will the world end up extinct of all animals , just in case, do we take babies from parents, just in case they grow up bad, shall we kill all male children in case they become paedophiles, the world has gone mad, LET LENNOX HOME , it is never too late to admit you were wrong and make that wrong right , is admitting you made a mistake so very hard to do ?

  • Hannah

    almost 2 years ago

    Hannah

    Im with you Lennox....let him go home! Put an end to Breed standard legislation... Belfast City Council we are watching you! Lennox we are here and we will not give up/sweden

  • carina clark

    almost 2 years ago

    carina clark

    poor lennox if the bsl law stood for humans aswell the world would b up in arms but because its a dog it dosnt count. the law is flawd no end stop bsl deal with deed not bread and as for them being 'mean looking dogs' they only look mean due to the media. where i live there are alot of staffies that are wounderfull with my children and me but at the back of my house there are two dogs that are very aggressive (mongrels) and wouldnt allow my children anywhere near them it is down to the way the animal is brought up stop blaming the dog blame whos on the othere end of the lead us humans. dogs are only blamed cause they havent got a voice. as humans we can be their voice. stand up and be counted stop letting the government and media cloud your judgement of such wounderful animals !

  • MichaelHaslam1

    almost 2 years ago

    MichaelHaslam1

    How can a dog be deemed dangerous when behavioural experts testified that Lennox has all the coping mechanisms that mean that Lennox has all the safeguards to prevent confict. The way the Barnes family have been treated by council employees is odious including using fake FB profiles to make fun of their daughter's disabilty and use screenshots out of context of the councils filming of the defence assessment illegally leaked to suggest that Lennox was dangerous. The law is a joke.

  • Elizabeth McCann

    almost 2 years ago

    Elizabeth McCann

    Someone needs to take charge and admit a terrible mistake has been made - is there someone in power in Belfast who can right this wrong. Lennox is an innocent animal, a dog being judged on his looks not temperment. Time is running out, Lennox must be saved within the next couple of days. Please free Lennox, let him go home

  • Sheena Amison

    almost 2 years ago

    Sheena Amison

    Lennox did not stand a chance right from the moment he was siezed! Wrongly Appraised,wrongly judged. BSL has far too many loop holes that can be abused by the authorites! Shameful that so many people refuse to admit that they perhaps made a mistake,it takes someone very special to admit a wrongful judgement and back down. Sadly the bull breed has recently gained a bad press,which has not been helped by the media.For instance any dog attack publisised in the press will nearly always bare a picture of a bull breed regardless whether the two actually tally up? Youngsters who own and use their dogs as an image status have not helped with these beautiful,inteligent dogs getting a bad reputation. These dogs have so much to offer and give 100% pure love and devotion to their owners,please let the family have their boy back. BSL does not and will never work..Punish the deed not the breed!!

  • grit engelmann

    almost 2 years ago

    grit engelmann

    I am from Germany, even over here everybody knows about this shameful misuse of a dog called Lennox. The whole world knows about him and so many people fight for his life. Lennox is innocent, everybody knows, even Belfast City Council. Shame on them!!! I have never seen such misuse of power, even the judges don't seem to care about the facts of this whole case. I am appaled about this. I am going to fight until Lennox is free and I have no doubt he will be if we all stand together and shout out loud that this damn law BSL must be kicked to the bin. FREE LENNOX!!! xxx

  • Jan Price

    almost 2 years ago

    Jan Price

    Thanks for a very fare discussion this morning about Lennox. This whole case from beginning to end has been an absolute farce. Lennox being held for two years is animal cruelty, the conditions he has been kept in, the state of his health, and Belfast CC allowing no contact with his family in all that time, disgraceful! He is a companion dog to Brook, who needs him, and to be taken away from her the way he was is unacceptable! He is not a dangerous dog, Belfast issued a license for him for five years, he is chipped, never shown any aggresion, never bitten anyone etc etc, but because of how he looks he COULD be dangerous! This is racism against him! As for family not being able to say goodbye to Lennox, this is inhumane, it is the least this corrupt council could do for the Barnes family! I believe the family have the chance to take this to Supreme Court in London and then Court of Humam Rights. I hope they do, they have thousands of supporters across the world who will help them all the way!

  • Vianka

    almost 2 years ago

    Vianka

    Lennox isn't dangerous, please, Chile begs freedom for this innocent dog!!!

  • Amanda Kirchner

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Kirchner

    Lennox is needed at home by his little lady and he should never have been taken. It was a gross mistake by the stupid lying dog warden. It is time to stamp out BSL and get Lennox proper treatment by the vet who knows him at cost to BCC and then put this all to an end and send him home . With compensation to be paid to Lennox & Family. But honestly how do you put a price on what Lennox and his loving family have been thru. Free Lennox

  • Vianka

    almost 2 years ago

    Vianka

    Lennox isn't dangerous, please, Chile begs freedom for this innocent dog!!!

  • JaneENDBSLSheller

    almost 2 years ago

    JaneENDBSLSheller

    If I could 'like' these comments I would like every single one :)))

  • Gemma

    almost 2 years ago

    Gemma

    well done for putting Lennoxs case in the media where certain other media outlets have chosen not to. As you can see by the volume of response you have had, Lennox has support worldwide and we would love nothing more than this injustice to continue being reported on.

  • Eunice

    almost 2 years ago

    Eunice

    I'm glad that the case of Lennox was highlighted on the programme this morning. The council in Belfast have made a mistake in taking him from his family, but are too stubborn to say so. He in an innocent soul, who has done nothing wrong. He hasn't hurt anyone and he has been proved not to be a pit bull, although personally I think destroying dogs because they are pit bulls is totally wrong. We live in a World where pets have become disposable and it's too easy for someone to go to a pet shop and buy an animal. Too many end up abandoned or abused. It's time that laws were changed with regards to owning pets and instead of killing innocent dogs, make sure that they don't fall into the wrong hands in the first place. Lennox has a family who took care of him and he hurt noone, but is now suffering for no fault of his own. He should be allowed his freedom.

  • Tracey Hughes

    almost 2 years ago

    Tracey Hughes

    Any dog with a set of teeth can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Bull breeds have become a magnet for unsuitable owners specifically because of the rubbish peddled by the Red-Top Tabloids and our appalling attitude to these good natured dogs. No SBT, Bull breed etc is aware of what 'it is'. They have no awareness of their supposed reputation. We brutalise them, demonise them and condemn them for even existing although we created them. SBT's were created well over a hundred years ago for the purpose of fighting each other. The breed is no longer bred for this and they were certainly never bred for guarding or attacking humans otherwise they would be widely used as police dogs and for commercial security just like German Shepherds, Rotties and Dobermans. Statistically, more people are bitten by small breeds one of the worst being the Jack Russell Terrier, than any other breed of dog. You just don't hear about these attacks because The Sun prefers to concentrate on vilifying 'Pit Bull Type' dogs. The council in question know of Lennox's provenance and they are fully aware that he is not a banned breed but still they are determined to kill him anyway. The is immoral and totally wrong. Also claiming that he has some sort of personality defect is ludicrous. Assessing him in the artificial environment of a kennel is not going to give an accurate reading of his personality and a behaviourist is not qualified to perform such a task unlike a dog psychologist who is better qualified and able to assess.

  • Tracy

    almost 2 years ago

    Tracy

    Please free Lennox!!!

  • Maria Fawcett

    almost 2 years ago

    Maria Fawcett

    For the past 2 years plus Lennox has been shown to be one of the most patient, non aggressive and tolerant dogs ever to grace this planet. What Belfast City Council have subjected him to is a disgrace and proves their capabilities to care for him...which amounts to negligent at best. Lennox should be free to live his life with the family who are fighting with their every breath to save him. Shame on Belfast City Council.

  • Carolina Henríquez Leschot

    almost 2 years ago

    Carolina Henríquez Leschot

    I have been involved and supporting Lennox´cause from Chile for two years and I still find all the case absolutely wrong! What have Lennox done to be seized and jailed? NOTHING! Belfast City Council is absolutely WRONG! They should focus on deeds, not breeds. And also, they should prosecute the guardian and "expert" that lied under oath. Also, the actual physical condition of Lennox should be inmediatly controlled by a proper independent veterinarian. Just LET LENNOX GO BACK HOME!!!!

  • leigh-catherine salway

    almost 2 years ago

    leigh-catherine salway

    Marco as usual spoke sense. Lennox needs to be released. A bull breed is a mascot of Great Britain - ie bulldog. Also Princess Anne owns English Bull Terriers as I do. Dogs behaviour is down to responsible ownership. Lennox has done nothing wrong and isn't dangerous. What's dangerous is abuse of power and misuse of the law. End BSL . Deed not breed.

  • Jackie

    almost 2 years ago

    Jackie

    I have followed the Lennox story and other dogs being held under Breed specific legislation and my view is that especially in this case it is about revenge. BCC have said that some of the dog handlers were abused but no charges were ever brought against alleged abusers. Lennox has done nothing wrong so where is the evidence that he is dangerous?? Why can't the BCC tell people what makes him so different to other dogs that they have freed. Ask them that would make a good programme

  • kerry ridgment

    almost 2 years ago

    kerry ridgment

    i dont understand why my comment was removed i havent said anymore than the other the law is rediculas and lennox should be frred sympol as yes i own a staffie cross lurcher who my local police think is of type but how wrong they are the family should be alowed to see lennox :( its affecting everyone around the world

  • Michele Armer

    almost 2 years ago

    Michele Armer

    Any breed can be dangerous, its the owners in most cases that are to blame! I have 3 staffies, I wouldnt be without them, the funny thing is I never liked them but got my first 1 and have never looked back. They are the best family dogs, nannys, gentle caring & loving very attentive, the list goes on. Stop persucting dogs because of their breeds. See Sense Free Lenox and put him back where he belongs with his family

  • tracie

    almost 2 years ago

    tracie

    lowrie turner doesnt know what shes talking about, she shouldnt comment as she knows nothing about the breed, all she thinks about is her silly ankle biting dog, hope it bites her, then she make a comment, lennox is innocent, hes done nothing wrong, put lowrie where lennox is, then maybe she would change her turn, I SAY FREE LENNOX, HES NOT DANGEROUS...

  • Maxine Pears

    almost 2 years ago

    Maxine Pears

    Well done Marco Pierre White - he perfectly hit the nail on the head. I am astonished at the arrogance of Belfast Council, are they not public servants after all? How can they just say silent on this issue? Surely somewhere questions must be being asked within their walls? Is somebody in there looking for a way out of this unholy mess they have created and will finally do the right thing and let that poor dog go home? If it were my dog I would be absolutely beside myself. Free Lennox NOW!

  • Simone B

    almost 2 years ago

    Simone B

    I can only endorse others' pleas of 'punish the deed, not the breed '. I don't know who appointed us as judge and jury of anyones' potential to do harm - animal or human? - with no evidence to support that theory ? Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty ? This sort of broad legislation is the sort of thing that destroys democracy, and makes us a laughing stock. Everything we have been brought up to believe - that you 'don't judge a book by its' cover' - something the British Islands have always prided themselves on? - legislation has made a complete mockery of - we really do have the lunatics running the asylum. This is a tragedy and a travesty. Poor Lennox - poor Lennox's family.

  • Olga Gee

    almost 2 years ago

    Olga Gee

    This is ethnic cleansing , these poor dogs that look similar to banned breeds are condemned by a tape measure and ignorance ! Lennox has never done anything wrong. Free Lennox ,let him go home, he has lost two years of his life in a dog prison !

  • Gemmastopbsl

    almost 2 years ago

    Gemmastopbsl

    Bcc should be ashamed of them selfs the way they have lennox locked up is cruel and isn't there a law against that??? He should be sent home to his loving owners and bsl should be abolished DEED NOT BREED thins need to change people are not going to be able to take there dogs put soon for fear of losing them Lenox can't help the way he looks just like people can't but you don't see people been locked up cos they look like a thug

  • paula

    almost 2 years ago

    paula

    Deed not breed !!!!

  • Anne Zoutsos

    almost 2 years ago

    Anne Zoutsos

    In human terms this would be genocide and do the powers that be not fear the sinister subconscious message being sent to youngsters - that prejudice on the basis of appearance is not only encouraged but enshrined in law? To kill an innocent and much loved pet dog is not the act of a civilized society.

  • kelly

    almost 2 years ago

    kelly

    This poor dog has done nothing wrong!!!!!! It makes me sick to the pit of my stomach that the so call law can kill a dog because it could POTENTIALLY be dangerous in the future even if it has shown No aggression in the past??!!! well in my opinion all living things have the potential to harm but it doesn't mean they will!!! Its disgusting the way this poor pup has been treated and it makes me sooo sad that the law doesn't protect the innocent..

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  • carol moorey

    almost 2 years ago

    carol moorey

    FREE ENNOX , THE WORLD IS BEHIND HIM AND HIS FAMILY. PROSCUTE THE WARDEN WHO LIED UNDER OATH. BELFAST NEED TO LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC .THERE NOT DOING THERE SELVES ANY FAVOURS AS PEOPLE WONT GO TO BELFAST .REMEMBER THE WORLD IS WATCHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maureen Hurley

    almost 2 years ago

    Maureen Hurley

    BSL is wrong, badly thought out, ignorant and predjudice against the working classes and the breeds they have taken to their heart. Deed not breed, any class any creed.

  • Len Hurley

    almost 2 years ago

    Len Hurley

    The DDA and BSL is an insult to not only the breeds it trys to eradicate and to the working class person. This ignorant law was a knee jerk reaction to an incident that happened in the 90's that was never properly thought out. This law deems that every working class person is unfit to raise and train a bull type, so every bull type has to die. If the incident had of involved a Labrador, spaniel or fox hound there would be no BSL in this country. It is predjudice against the working class and the bully breeds whom we have taken to our hearts. End DDA and replace with the Dangerous owners act, regardless of breed or creed. FREE LENNOX, he belongs to the world now.

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  • Tracy hudson

    almost 2 years ago

    Tracy hudson

    This is truely madness ive been apart of the free lennox campaign for sometime this poor dog needs to be back home with his loving family shame on u BCC SET LENNOX FREE NOW

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  • george

    almost 2 years ago

    george

    WHY have the modderators removed my comment???? It was not offensive .. DEED NOT BREED .. that ignorant woman lowrie .. I have my dogs because they are THE best family dogs .. and scarey looking is a matter of opinion .. yorkshire terriors scare me and my dog!!!! will they be next?

  • shane fullarton

    almost 2 years ago

    shane fullarton

    I haven't seen the show just yet but will watch it online. i have followed the lennox story on fb and have networked it aswell. What I don't understand is that if we talked about a human like this we would be called racist ie a woman is raped by someone of different nationality does that mean all men from that lace are the same????? however it is ok to talk about a dog like that. The whole thing is ridiculous how can an object that is used for measuring things tell you that something is dangerous???? just because some half witt has a dog they can't control or look after properly attacks someone does not mean that the whole breed has to be destroyed. They have evidence that the dog warden was lying about how scared she was of lennox and the fact that it was the wrong address on the paperwork aswell. basically the whole thing is a sham and how about all the idiots involved get put to sleep cause lets face it think the world would be a better place. The warden knows she made a cock up of it and is so desperately trying to save face aswell as her ass. Anyway rant over

  • Fabienne Ackle

    almost 2 years ago

    Fabienne Ackle

    Alf the world is in pain because of Lennox, not to speak is family and the little girl that loves so much Lennox for he is her therapy! Once again, we beg you to be our VOICE and help us save Lennox! He's done no harm to anyone, he's loved and deserves to live! You have the POWER to show the all world who Lennox is and how unfair his situation is, for himself, for his family and the All world! Please don't let the all world DOWN! Please, make that huge difference and save Lennox Now!!! Let the whole world and the people of Belfast be proud of their City!

  • Jules Zancan

    almost 2 years ago

    Jules Zancan

    For all those outragedby poor Lennox's treatment you can show your support via petitions etc go to www.savelennox.co.uk

  • paula

    almost 2 years ago

    paula

    Lennox has been imprisoned for two years and now has been sentenced to death. Why, because he looks wrong. Lennox is a beautiful boy who has never harmed anyone. He is innocent. He should have been released, but instead Belfast council would rather kill him then admit they are wrong. Please get this boy release and returned to his family who love and need him.

  • lesley turner

    almost 2 years ago

    lesley turner

    why does the punishment for the dog have to be death? why not just remove its teeth?

  • alison lamnea

    almost 2 years ago

    alison lamnea

    its disgustin,this poor dog has done nothin wrong to anyone or anythin,he loves his family and they love him,,let him home ,so evil,how would u like it if someone took urs or someone elses dog that was close to u,,would u fight for it back,too right u would,let him home to be with his family where he should never of left to begin with.

  • Anita Hop

    almost 2 years ago

    Anita Hop

    I have lived many years under the apartheid regime in South Africa, what they are doing to this dog and family is no better. We claim to be first world countries but make rules like 3rd world countries. Lennox is no different to any other dog or animal except this one is the child of a loving family who has done NO WRONG! Belfast look at yourselves and do the right thing based on what has happened and not what might happen.

  • CheyenneMendez

    almost 2 years ago

    CheyenneMendez

    Is there a petition to attempt to stop this dog murder?

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  • Frances McGrath

    almost 2 years ago

    Frances McGrath

    The whole Lennox situation is nothing short of a legal act of cruelty . It proves beyond doubt that peoples egos are put before animal welfare more and more family dogs are being targeted under the farce of BSL that is meant to protecting the public from dangerous dogs all it is doing is leading to the death of harmless family pets

  • Michele Hallam

    almost 2 years ago

    Michele Hallam

    The case against Lennox is so wrong! I simply cannot imagine what his family must be going through, having a staffy cross myself whom I love dearly & would protect with my life! It breaks my heart to think that he is locked away in a cell & given no human attention or even medical care. Surely it's not a crime to be born looking different, or we would all be deemed criminals & sentenced to death! Belfast City Council, you know you are wrong, so let this beautiful boy go home or if not, let someone else who is willing to give him a home take him! YOU KNOW THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!! BSL is the most unfair law because innocent dogs are being murdered & everyone in the UK is in partnership to this crime unless we all stand together & get it abolished or changed, so that it addresses the owner & not the dog!!

  • joanne king

    almost 2 years ago

    joanne king

    Marco you hit the nail on the head its all about EGO and power nothing more , there is no shame in admiting your wrong its a shame Belfast council cannot see this . Lennox has been kept isolated for 2 years now a little girl has had her heart ripped out torn up and now thrown back at her , they say lennox is a time bomb yet pics show the dog warden having kisses and cuddles would you let a time bomb near your face ? in the two years he has been kept in appauling conditions that dog has shown not one ounce of aggression surley time bombs only tick for so long , this prooves he should be home with his family where he belongs being loved and cared for not punished for something that he hasnt done

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  • victoria

    almost 2 years ago

    victoria

    lowrie turner its small minded judgemental people like you that cause this nonsence hysteria blame the deed not the breed staffies, bull breeds are just the latest breed to be picked on by the media any dog can be trained to be aggressive most are not born that way. you give blonds a bad name

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  • Carole Griffiths

    almost 2 years ago

    Carole Griffiths

    I am convinced that it is the poor health and terrible condition that this poor innocent dog is in since it came under the "care" of the council is why they won't let hisvfamily visit. Lennox needs to go home now, Belfast council should be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

  • JaneENDBSLSheller

    almost 2 years ago

    JaneENDBSLSheller

    WELL DONE TO MR Marco Pierre White, HE ACTUALLY SPOKE SENSE :)

  • Heidi

    almost 2 years ago

    Heidi

    It's should be the deed not the breed! Wake up racism

  • victoria

    almost 2 years ago

    victoria

    bcc hang your heads in shame the whole world is looking at you in disgrace what is wrong with the law we have had a dangerous rapist moved in less than a mile away after completing less than 1/2 his sentence but an innocent loving family pet is to be destroyed for the way he looks shame to be seen the world over

  • JaneENDBSLSheller

    almost 2 years ago

    JaneENDBSLSheller

    I AM SO ANGRY WITH LOWRI TURNERS COMMENTS RE STAFFIES/BULL BREEDS....NO WE DON'T ALL USE SPIKED COLLARS AND WE DON'T OWN THEM BECAUSE THEY LOOK 'SCARY'. WE OWN THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SUCH LOYAL, FRIENDLY, DOCILE FAMILY PETS. MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY GETTING TO KNOW THEM BEFORE YOU SPOUT YOUR IGNORANCE.

  • Janeve

    almost 2 years ago

    Janeve

    Two evils have been identified there, the media and a council, both of which are supposed to represent democracy but are failing people and an entire breed. Not one person thought the Lennox decision was right or fair..so what are they hoping to achieve by murdering a family pet? It certainly will not be for the good of the people, it's their demonstration of power over people that is being abused.

  • TracyEmms

    almost 2 years ago

    TracyEmms

    lowry turner that was a very narrow minded comment that you made. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is because of people with your phobias that create hy. steria, please do not judge until you have taken the time to see what these dogs are really like when they are brought up properly. These dogs were named "nanny dogs" in the past as they were so child friendly

  • helen metcafe

    almost 2 years ago

    helen metcafe

    they are saying he has a personality disorder,so would you if you had been ripped from your family,thrown in a concret cell and ignored for 2yrs, where is your compassion,he is terrified, ans as for the woman saying she is scared when she takes her mutt out, they are usually the ankle snapping noisey dogs, my dog never barks at other dogs when we are out on our walks,and ;last week a cat came into my garden attacked my dog and almost took her eye out, she still never bite back,just cried!! and yes she is a staffy,she is gentle and loving and the most placid dog, i can understand why they are called nanny dogs, my heart goes out to lennox and his family.

  • susan close

    almost 2 years ago

    susan close

    innocent until proven guilty..free lennox!

  • Debbie Murphy

    almost 2 years ago

    Debbie Murphy

    Lowry Turner - before you make sweeping judgements on these types of dogs go and spend some time with them. Yes there are the undesirable owners that make the dogs look tough but there are thousands of us owners that have the breed as a family pet. It is the media that are putting the wrong message across, someone needs to do a programme on how lovely these dogs are in the right hands.

  • Sarah Gray

    almost 2 years ago

    Sarah Gray

    The comment why would people want a dog to scare people by its looks...!!! Answer to that...WE DON'T. we have them as if raised properly, they are the most loving dogs in the world who make fantastic family pets!!! One of only a couple of breeds the KC recommend as suitable to have with children!!!Lowri Turner, ..people are more likely to be bitten by your fluffy little dog than any bull breed!!!!

  • Louise Haig

    almost 2 years ago

    Louise Haig

    Just watched The Wright Stuff segment on Lennox. It is obvious to me that what is needed is Owner Specific Legislation, not breed specific legislation....

  • annemarie mcneil

    almost 2 years ago

    annemarie mcneil

    Why is lennox getting judged for the way he looks dogs come in all shapes and sizes that doent make them bad and he's been ripped from his family all he new as for being a pit bull don't people know the pits are loving dogs to just as us humans think its ok to put these dogs. In pits to rip shreads at each other itts tthe human race that's made these dogs do this I sit in my livingroom writing this with winston my staffordshire bull terrier,nluci my yorkshire terrier and alfie my victorian bulldog and can't understand why people who think there authoritie can do this to lennox and. His human family lennox has never attacked or anything else for that matter so why punish him for something that out of his power why not put the thought into the people that are making the dogs dangerous please for the sake of dog lovers out here let lennox home and let his family see him dogs aren't born vicious sometimes I feel ashamed to be in this human race and I would fight tooth and nail if it where my four legged family and yes they are my family and proud to call them that but can every human say that about there 2 legged 1s x

  • Zara Belfast

    almost 2 years ago

    Zara Belfast

    I think its absolutely brilliant to see that Lennox has this much support I just wish the courts would consider that. In Belfast we have had out fair share of problems caused by blatant prejudices which resulted in troubles between Protestants and Catholics but now we seem to think a dog whose legs are too long to be a Staffordshire bill terrier and head is too wide is dangerous even though h has commuted no such crime. It's ridiculous and proof prejudice still greatly exists. I work in a shelter and I see what it's like for dogs in kennels not to mention isolation like him imagine how he feels . He has done nothing wrong yet For his appearance his life osnbeing taken away from him. Please someone tell me why Lennox cannot be reject outside this country where people would welcome him and give him the love he deserves?

  • Karen Le Breton

    almost 2 years ago

    Karen Le Breton

    I am disgusted with BCC, they have held Lennox, an innocent family pet, a therapy dog for two years. Just because of how he looks, dog racism at it's very worst. You wouldn't put someone in prison and lock them up because they look like they might attack someone, or commit another type of crime. BCC needs to admit they've made a mistake and let Lennox home to his family, they should also be prosecuted for animal neglect. The photo's of Lennox in their care is a disgrace. End BSL. Free Lennox. They did the same with Bruce, he was in an awful state, neglected by Belfast CC.

  • SusanBiggs

    almost 2 years ago

    SusanBiggs

    Lennox shouldn't be deemed a dangerous dog and we have seen pictures of the BCC dog warden letting him lick her face, that's how dangerous he is. End BSL.xx

  • Erica Leighton

    almost 2 years ago

    Erica Leighton

    Lennox was always muzzled when out in the street, and he was kept on a lead, this was to comply with the law, not because he was dangerous. All breeds of dog have the capacity to be nasty so it is totally wrong to say it is just certain breeds that are dangerous.......even the Queens corgi has bitten someone (but was not put to sleep)....so Lennox should be allowed to live his life

  • victor green

    almost 2 years ago

    victor green

    free lennox, this is disgusting, he needs too go home to his loving family, who deeply care about him, there should be a investgation into bbc and the dog warden who lied under oath, FREE LENNOX, AND STOP BSL

  • Tina Palmer

    almost 2 years ago

    Tina Palmer

    Belfast Council - what a disgrace. This dog should be home with his family. This is animal cruelty and discrimination. Free Lennox!

  • Anne Gwilliam

    almost 2 years ago

    Anne Gwilliam

    This support for Lennox speaks volumes - he has become the symbol for what is just, right and fair, while Belfast City Council have done themselves no favours with their scheming and lying in the name of the law. So why doesn't this story get more publicity? BSL is obviously poorly thought out and wrong, a knee jerk reaction to a serious problem, but the root of the problem needs to be addressed which is OWNERSHIP.

  • TracyEmms

    almost 2 years ago

    TracyEmms

    Well said Marco, if this case was in mainland uk Lennox would be free under condition. He should not be destroyed for having teeth which mean he could bit, we all have teeth does that make us all guilty

  • kaz

    almost 2 years ago

    kaz

    I have been following the Lennox case for two years. To be honest all I see is an innocent family pet taken because of the way he looks and that he MIGHT bite. Any animal owner will tell you that their pet MIGHT bite and so can humans. All I see with this case is lies, perjury by high ranking officials sticking together because they don't want to admit they have made ANOTHER mistake because pre Lennox they lost another case similar to this one. This must be costing the Irish taxpayer thousands. Lennox should be free and at home and the BSL law should be changed to Deed not the Breed. And please think about all the another dogs that have been seized are are now sitting in police kennels. Last year alone the police force spent £350k on kenneling these dogs and 99% of the were returned to their owners.

  • Tracy Rennie

    almost 2 years ago

    Tracy Rennie

    it ia terrible the way Lennox has been treated, he has done nothing wrong and Belfst city council should be ashamed of themselves. Any dog can bite it doesnt matter what breed.

  • Sheila Cooper

    almost 2 years ago

    Sheila Cooper

    the council should do MORE than just let the family say goodbye to their beloved dog Lennox! they should let him go home to his family and NOT condemn him to die! ...simple! he is innocent!

  • Nicola

    almost 2 years ago

    Nicola

    I'm Welsh and lived here nearly all my life. I agree with Marco - there are very few opportunities to get a good meal out. My parents live in London for 20 years and then moved back - it's worse for them - you don't know what you've got til it's gone! (and yes, laverbread is disgusting!)

  • Jules Zancan

    almost 2 years ago

    Jules Zancan

    This is beyond ridiculous, poor Lennox has done nothing wrong his owners insured, microchipped him & tatooed him, he was aloving family pet who was a companion to a little girl with learning disabilities. This sends the completely wrong message to responsible owners - when is the DDA going to be changed to start punishing owners NOT specific breeds. This seems like a witch hunt for the poor dor & his family, their is NO evidence to prove 1. he is a type dog & 2. that he has ever been agressive. All dogs can be agressive its down to how they are treated - Pitbulls, Staffies, are wrongly generalised & persecuted unfairly when it should be those people who own them put under the spotlight NOT the dogs. As a responsible Staffie owner myself I feel heartbroken for this dog & his family & am appalled at the way we seem so powerless to put right something which is so wrong. Please god let the UK courts intervene!!

  • kaz

    almost 2 years ago

    kaz

    I have been following the Lennox case for two years now. to be honest all I can see is a pet that MIGHT bite, but all pets might bite. Plus lies, perjury and high ranking officials sticking together to save face instead of admitting they made a mistake. That dog should go home now. This law is bias and should be based on the Deed committed and not the Breed.

  • janet bickerton

    almost 2 years ago

    janet bickerton

    Lennox has been taken and tried by his looks and a simple tool called a Tape Measure, he has never done anything wrong or showed any sign of aggression, his loving family have done everything to be responsible owners and like Lennox they have been through hell in the last 2 yrs, i say this in every post in support of Lennox .If we as humans were judged on our looks and measurements alone then what chance would the human race have??? BCC have not treated this poor dog with any care or love, in fact because of his sad life now he has started to loose his fur, animal experts all over the world are supporting Lennox and so are the Lennox army, the right thing needs to be done and Lennox should be freed to spend the rest of his life with his loving family. People who have lied under oath should be prosecuted as it is their lies who have put Lennox in this situation , FREE LENNOX, HE IS INNOCENT !!!

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  • Jane

    almost 2 years ago

    Jane

    151,163 people around the world have signed Lennox's petition. If this many people can see the injustice and stupidity of BSL, surely it needs to be reviewed...and dog attacks have risen since it came into force so it obviously doesn't work. Lennox is DNA proven to not be a Pitbull, he has never had any complaints made about him. This is at best ignorance, at worst it is racism for dogs. ANY dog has 42 teeth, regardless of breed and no breed is born with a greater propensity to aggression than any other. DEED NOT BREED!!!

  • Sue Vaughey

    almost 2 years ago

    Sue Vaughey

    Someone has to intervene - this dog should not be put to sleep. He has done nothing wrong. He has been responsibly owned, has been micro chipped and licenced by the same council who want to kill him. He is a family pet and the council have had him imprisoned for over 2 years in disgusting conditions. Rescues outside of Belfast have offered him a home, so why won't Belfast CC let him go.

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  • Caroline McCord

    almost 2 years ago

    Caroline McCord

    Dogs reflect their owners on how their temperament is,Lennox from Belfast and C-Jay from Dundee are sweet,friendly dogs and have been sentenced,wrongly to die.The only difference between these two dogs is that C-Jay who's a very young dog and can be trained to behave,got into a scrap with a cat,the cat recovered but C-Jay is to die on Friday,Saturday morning at the latest.Where is the justice for these dogs,I have a staffordshire bull terrier cross breed and she runs away from cats,she is so friendly.It's ridiculous,our prisons are full of murderers,rapists etc who are allowed to live yet these dogs must die due to idiotic jobsworths-SAVE THE U.K. 2.

  • TracyEmms

    almost 2 years ago

    TracyEmms

    Lennox is being treated like the Nelson Mandella of the canine world, he has suffered for two long years through no fault of his own. He couldn't choose how he looks, BCC you have proved you are the power now show you have a heart and let this innocent soul go home, he is no threat to anyone allow him the comfort and love of his family and his home

  • katie mclauchlan

    almost 2 years ago

    katie mclauchlan

    FREE LENNOX!!! This dog has done nothing wrong let him go home to his family were he clearly belongs.the whole world is behind you lennox x

  • JOHN

    almost 2 years ago

    JOHN

    FREE LENNOX

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  • Sharon Mills

    almost 2 years ago

    Sharon Mills

    Deed NOT BREED. Poor Lennox, ripped from hi8s loving family. Basically Put in jail on 'no charge', while in there the responsible people that are supposed to be caring for him let him get into a terrible state. This is animal abuse at its highest (Sharon - South Africa) The world is watching !

  • Erica Leighton

    almost 2 years ago

    Erica Leighton

    BSL targets the wrong end of the lead......and Lennox has a responsible owner and has been assessed to have a wonderful even temperament. He has never attacked anyone....even though he must be frightened and confused in his solitary confinement. BCC should be prosecuted for the neglect and suffering they have put this poor innocent boy through, if I kept an animal in the conditions they are keeping Lennox in (covered in sores too) I would never be allowed to keep an animal again....so why are they allowed to get away with willful cruelty? The right thing must be done, and Lennox must be allowed to go home to his family. What happened to innocent till proven guilty? A tape measure does not prove him a guilty dog

  • Bernadette Loughran

    almost 2 years ago

    Bernadette Loughran

    Please let Lennox go home, he has never been in any trouble, but because of his breed he has been taken away.from a loving home & put in kennels in Northern Ireland.and by the looks of it he isnt getting treated very well.this wouldnt happen over here it is a disgrace.what they have put lennox through and his family

  • SHEILA

    almost 2 years ago

    SHEILA

    people around the world are watching you Belfast City Council Waiting for you to do the right thing by this poor dog Thank god Channel 5 have given this some air time i only hope it helps poor Lennox

  • Nikki Bates

    almost 2 years ago

    Nikki Bates

    An absolute disgrace, to incarcerate a dog, away from his family because of the way he looks. This is dog racism, we dont punish a person because of the way he looks, why do this do a dog ? Belfast City Council should hang its head in shame, disgusting.

  • Lisa

    almost 2 years ago

    Lisa

    This poor dog needs to be let home, he was taken just purely because of how he looks, he has never done anything wrong to anyone, he has endure 2 years of complete torture, stress and in my eyes abuse. Belfast Cuoncil have alot to answer for with this case. BSL has to end, the government need to look at other ways of controlling dog related sitiuations instead of taking the easy option everytime and blaming the dog. LET LENNOX GO HOME.

  • Caroline McCord

    almost 2 years ago

    Caroline McCord

    We have a case up here in Scotland similar to Lennox who by the way should be set free,our case involves a very young staffordshire bullterrier cross breed called C-Jay who escaped from his garden and got into a scrap with a cat,the cat has recovered but C-Jay is to die on Friday,Saturday at the very latest and his family aren't allowed to see him either!I don't know C-Jay or his owner but I know that to execute him is wrong just as it's wrong to kill Lennox.The authorities are only interested in destroying these dogs because of what they stand for,Lennox is due to die because he looks like a pitbull DNA tests show he isn't and C-Jay is to die because he's a staffordshire bull terrier cross only difference being C-Jay got into a fight with a cat.NOBODY will help these dogs,the SSPCA in Scotland won't help C-Jay either-it's a sad state of affairs when our judiciary system has got nothing better to do than sentence dogs to death.SAVE LENNOX AND C-JAY,SAVE THE U.K. TWO.

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  • hemali sodhi

    almost 2 years ago

    hemali sodhi

    This is an ansolute travesty of justice; it is unbelievable that in this day and age a council can get away with something like this. condemned to death because of how he LOOKS? if this isn't racism and discrimination then what is?? people the world over have been following the case closely and are appalled at how this has been handled. Lennox should be allowed to go home immediately and this canine holocaust has to stop. this is unfair, prejudiced, racist and wrong on every level and Lennox should be back with his loving family, where he belongs. he has already spent two years of his life locked away for no fault of his. kudos to his family for fighting to save their beloved member.

  • Julie Perry

    almost 2 years ago

    Julie Perry

    if this was a human we would all be jumping up and down and would accuse the council of racism so doesnt this case have the same principles that being racism for dogs as they are saying he is of "type"??? Punish the deed not the breed BCC you should be ashamed and so should the dog warden who lied under oath...cant u get done for that???

  • Helen Griffiths

    almost 2 years ago

    Helen Griffiths

    I really feel for this family and their dog. The law has let them down enormously. They have complied with everything that has been asked of them from the moment they brought the dog in to their lives. Lennox was seized when he was 5. Not for what he had done but for how he looked. He is now kept in appalling conditions and his health is in serious question. So much so that it is tantamount to animal abuse and neglect. Respected experts have had their knowledge and testimonies ignored. Purgery has been committed. Thousands of pounds of taxpayers money has been spent by a council trying to save face when they should have admitted they were wrong. Integrity, honesty and giving people faith in a system that is supposed to protect them, does not exist here. The wrong end of the lead is being targetted. The top biters in the dog world are Jack Russells. We dont see that breed being hounded out of existence.

  • Vanessa Williams

    almost 2 years ago

    Vanessa Williams

    BSL is tackling the wrong end of the lead Irresponsible owners of any breed and irresponsible breeders are the ones that should be heavily fined and in some cases maybe locked up.

  • mandy

    almost 2 years ago

    mandy

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,doesn't say much for Belfast City Council. let Lennox go home

  • sHEILA

    almost 2 years ago

    sHEILA

    IN THE 70's they blamed the dobermans, 80's the German Shephards, 90's The Rottweiller's now it's the poor Bully breeds & mastiffs. FREE LENNOX BAN BSL & START TO PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED. WE ARE ALL STILL HERE FOR YOU LENNOX & ALL STILL WATCHING BELFAST CITY COUNCIL!!!

  • Sheila

    almost 2 years ago

    Sheila

    In the 70's they blamed the Dobbie's, 80's it was the German Shephards, 90's the Rotties now it the Bully Breeds & Mastiff's. ....What breed next? FREE LENNOX BAN BSL & PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED. STILL HERE FIGHTING FOR YOU LENNOX & STILL HERE WATCHING YOU BELFAST CITY COUNCIL>>>>SHAME ON YOU

  • debby horton

    almost 2 years ago

    debby horton

    Im amazed that this is still going on LENNOX was taken because of what he looks like and nothing he did this is becoming common place puppies taken classed a "type" how ridiculous the law is wrong dogs are not born dangerous owners must be held accountable because of the continued bad press our dogs are getting they are being dumped in there hundreds for no reason and condemed to die BSL is not working innocent dogs like LENNOX are suffering it has to stop LENNOX should be freed and BCC need to admit they have got it wrong

  • debbie

    almost 2 years ago

    debbie

    Lennox is a innocent in all of this his condition has got worse since being in kennels Belfast council have s lot to answer for. Admit your wrong and let Lennox home

  • Malcolm Adlington (Responsible SBT owner)

    almost 2 years ago

    Malcolm Adlington (Responsible SBT owner)

    Breed Specific Legislation is tantamount to base racism targeting innocent family pets. The fad for selectively lurching from one breed or type of dog to another to make it serve as a demonized scapegoat to blame for the failings of a few irresponsible owners is not only unjust, it is also ridiculous - since it does nothing whatsoever to address the real issue, which is the deliberate criminal recklessness of a human. The problem lies at the OTHER end of the dog lead...

  • Gail

    almost 2 years ago

    Gail

    BSL is ridiculous. Free LENNOX and give him back to his family. BCC, do what you know is right and stop this.

  • SHEILA

    almost 2 years ago

    SHEILA

    please listen to your heart give this poor dog back to his family who love him dearly ,how could you take a little girls pet from her and keep in in such conditions just because of his looks Free Lennox and give him his twilight years with love care and most of all A LIFE

  • jacqui save lennox

    almost 2 years ago

    jacqui save lennox

    LENNOX IS INNOCENT

  • Gillian Birthwright

    almost 2 years ago

    Gillian Birthwright

    Lennox has been locked away in kennels, for the last 2 years, away from his family & the people who love him. His family aren't even allowed to see him. Even a mass murderer is allowed to see his loved ones. Lennox has never done anything wrong. He is being punished fit the way he looks. Professional behaviourists have assessed Lennox to be a safe, well rounded dog, yet this evidence has been ignored. Doesn't sound like a fair hearing to me, or thousands of other people. BSL, is a prejudice, unrealistic law, that persecutes dogs, simply for they way they look. It is racism at its worst. Lennox needs to go home to his family, and Belfast city council need to held accountable for such a miscarriage of justice. The dog wardens have been proved to have lied in court, & should face charges of purjury. Send Lennox home to his family, Where he belongs. Lennox is innocent.

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  • Theresa

    almost 2 years ago

    Theresa

    What's the world coming to, PTS, imprisoned , all because of the way you look! lennox has done NO wrong! Belfast council have a lot to answer for, the treatment that poor Lennox has suffered is inhuman, have you seen the pictures of him? Surly animal neglect? If we let out pets get into that state we'd be prosecuted!! BSL has a lot to answer for. Dogs are dying on a daily basis for no reason, other than their face fits the "type"

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  • patriciananderson

    almost 2 years ago

    patriciananderson

    Poor wee boy.this is barbaric. 2 years taken from his life away from hiis family, he is innocent get a grip anf set him free

  • Staci Filer

    almost 2 years ago

    Staci Filer

    Heres the thing... According to the Dangerous Dog Act in Northern Ireland the dog warden has the right to confiscate any dog that looks to be a banned type. In this case they decided Lennox looks of pit bull type. But the Act also says that if the owner can provide proof to the contrary and the dog is found not to be of type then the dog is release back to the owner. The Belfast City Council is not even following the law. DNA testing proves Lennox is not a banned breed. According to the Act, he should be home with his family. That's where the focus needs to be, is on making the world aware of the unlawful acts of the Council and pressuring them to reverse the decision or make the higher powers aware.

  • kerry ridgment

    almost 2 years ago

    kerry ridgment

    agree with it all as a owner of a bully dog im watched although my girl is a staffie cross lurcher this law is awful and murders millions of innocent dogs who are judged purely on the way they look which in fact they havent accually been a threat to anyone. Lennox needs to go home and breed specific legistation needs to end now!

  • Paula Gilmore

    almost 2 years ago

    Paula Gilmore

    This Poor Baby Needs To Go Home..Its Been Going On Far Too Long..I Have Seen Photos Of Lennox's Carer In Stroking Lennox..And Lennox Licking Her Face Wagging His Tail..Yet This Same Carer Stood In Court And Stated That Lennox Was A Dangerous Dog..The Lies Need To Stop..And The Truth Be Told..Lennox Needs To Go Home..Let Lennox Free..

  • GAYLE

    almost 2 years ago

    GAYLE

    FREE LENNOX .....THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING !

  • Kelly Kinlin

    almost 2 years ago

    Kelly Kinlin

    Cannot believe that a loving family pet is being treat this way without any justification of a crime other than the way he looks.

  • Barbara Gates

    almost 2 years ago

    Barbara Gates

    You do not lock up a human for being ugly or frightning looking so why this poor dog? Let Lennox return to his loving family before its too late. The cruelty of Belfast City Council is unbelieveable in this day and age. SHAME ON YOU.

  • Laura Johnson

    almost 2 years ago

    Laura Johnson

    Maybe it's about time people started realising that their position and power, does not make them god. Belfast City Council and imparticular, the judge who made the last ruling, need to see that they are committing murder. Lennox IS NOT a banned breed, he has done NOTHING wrong.......the person who has is the dog warden who lied and said he was aggressive and she was scared of him.....we have all seen the pictures of her playing with him, and him licking her face. It's all lies and deceit, they are too proud to admit they were wrong, and are willing to take a lfe just to save face. Belfast City Council have so much expert evidence to prove Lennox is NOT a pit bull, Victoria Stilwell has seen him and given her expert opinion, she has also seen the state he is in due to his mis-treatment whilst in the councils "care". BSL is evil, it's cruel and it's taking innocent lives. Free Lennox and end the curse of BSL that our dogs live under.

  • Gillian Daghistani

    almost 2 years ago

    Gillian Daghistani

    This is a witch hunt.Ignorance and prejudice are dangerous to any degree,but this comes in bucket loads.This dog has been sadly neglected,since it has been in the hands of BCC,surely it is more a case against the incarcerators.Free Lennox,I havent tears enough.

  • Debs

    almost 2 years ago

    Debs

    Come on council let him go while you are wasting time and money keeping him in the pound u should be resquing animals from hoarding cases and dealing with true dangerous dogs. Lennox looks noithing like an American pit bull terrier!

  • Leanne Wootton

    almost 2 years ago

    Leanne Wootton

    Too many innocent animals are being seized based on their looks, despite showing no evidence of aggression. Lennox is one of these dogs and has been locked away for 2 years with no contact with the people that love him. All the while, Belfast Dog Wardens are saying he is aggressive and they are scared of him, yet pictures emerge of them putting their faces near his mouth and letting him lick their cheeks, and in his 7years of life he has not hurt anyone! Instead of going around taking innocent family pets, Belfast (and the rest of the UK) need to target dog fighters, animal abusers, and breeders (as the more animals that are bred indiscriminately the more chances there are of having bad genetics and behaviour issues, and also there are too many animals dying every day because there are not enough homes for them, without breeding more!). But this would require the government enforcing a law effectively, and the police and courts actually doing research and making the right decisions. Law abiding and responsible owners are an easy target... Blame the deed, not the breed! And BELFAST DO THE RIGHT THING AND LET LENNOX LIVE AND GO HOME TO HIS FAMILY!!!

  • denise duncombe

    almost 2 years ago

    denise duncombe

    Lennox is an innocent family pet seized from his home,never bitten or attacked anyone,a much loved family pet,lots of experts agree he isnt a danger,plz let him go home to his loving family,he is living in a dingy cell,isolated and alone,its animal cruelty to a poor innocent dog, deed not breed.

  • Cathy Markuszewski

    almost 2 years ago

    Cathy Markuszewski

    Lennox is a service dog to a little girl. He is not only her best friend, but her life line. He was taken on the assumption he was a pitt bull under BSL . DNA has proven he is not a ptt. I personally love pitts. They are so loving. It is the owners, not breed. That being said.....The whole issue with Lennox is, Belfast City Council, the dog wardens and everyone involved has lied under oath. I'm sorry, when you do that....your whole testimony must be deleted. BSL is wrong. What has been to Lennox is wrong. The world is watching. We are the Lennox Army. We are strong. And WE WILL NOT WAVER !!! Free Lennox <3

  • Vivienne Ben-Shir

    almost 2 years ago

    Vivienne Ben-Shir

    Lennox has been proved by DNA tests that he is not a Pit Bull Terrier so why are Belfast City Council so intent on killing him? Why can't they admit they were wrong and let the him go home to his family, who have been through enough anguish over the last two years. The amount of money that has been wasted on this trumped-up case is ridiculous. Why don't the police and the courts concentrate on finding and prosecuting real criminals instead of this witch-hunt of an innocent and defenceless dog?

  • Cheryl

    almost 2 years ago

    Cheryl

    Why kill Lennox when so many people would take him around the world ~ all expenses paid. This is pure EVIL and is just plain cold blooded murder. I will never ever visit Ireland or the UK unless they free Lennox !!

  • Sue Hawthornthwaite

    almost 2 years ago

    Sue Hawthornthwaite

    It is appalling that Belfast city Council have condemned Lennox to death based purely on his appearance and the testimony of people who are not qualified to judge him. Many dog behaviour experts, including Victoria Stilwell from 'It's Me Or The Dog' have strongly contested the opinion that Lennox is dangerous & Jim Crosby, a police dog handler & dog behaviourist in the states has explained why the people who passed judgement on Lennox 's temperament are not qualified to do so. Belfast City Council have neglected Lennox while he is in their care & they have upheld their decision to kill him for the simple & stupid reason that they do not want to be seen to back down - why else would they ignore the multitude of alternative solutions which have been offered by so many people - including offers of permanent homes with canine experts? BSL imust be scrapped.

  • linda walsh

    almost 2 years ago

    linda walsh

    i would just like to say that ive been following this very sad story through since the poor dog was taken away from the barnes family and her disabled daughter brook.i was horified when i knew the little girl was disabled.this is so very wrong of bcc to have done what they did to lennox there family pet dog who they the family have had since a puppy.lennox was well cared for lwell loved to.the stress that the barnes family have been through is disgraceful.lennox should never have been taken away from this family.since been in the care of bcc they have not looked after lennox in the way they should be doing.he has now got a vey bad skin problem .which is caused by stress and not having the right food and been made to sleep on dirty bedding.please i would like this dog to go back home to is good loving family.he should never have been taken away in the first place.shame on the bcc and the judges for making the wrong decisions about lennox.....

  • lauren holgate

    almost 2 years ago

    lauren holgate

    Would you sentence a man just because of his colour? NO so why sentence a dog because of its looks or breed? Lets not sugarcoat this, what happened to Lennox was inhumane plain and simple!!!! END BSL

  • Loban Natalia

    almost 2 years ago

    Loban Natalia

    Sorry for maybe stupid questions :) How dog can be dangerous wearing a muzzle? As far as I know Lennox wore a muzzle being out of the house. And how could the judge get his own previous case again for "revision"-it is impossible even in a third countries

  • Jennifer Vandale

    almost 2 years ago

    Jennifer Vandale

    I have been following this case for several months now and my heart is simply breaking at the travesty that is being allowed to occur in this case. Please, someone help set this right. This gentle dog and poor family have been through enough already.

  • Dorothy

    almost 2 years ago

    Dorothy

    I would love to see Lennox go home to his family where he belongs, he hasn't done anything wrong, hasn't hurt anyone. BSL is cruel and unjust, this is 2012! What's wrong with you people?

  • stacey novello

    almost 2 years ago

    stacey novello

    My prayers are for Lennox and his family.. Hopefully someone who can make a difference will see the injustice of this story I know all of us in the USA are thinking and praying and hoping but nothing but the best for this beautiful dog Lennox and his courageous family.

  • Debbie Currie

    almost 2 years ago

    Debbie Currie

    I think its disgusting that councils can take it upon themselves to confiscate a beloved family pet that is loved and looked after. If this dog is a Pit Bull that a big if it should be aloud to stay with his family for what time he has left, they have missed two years with him as he has been stuck in a kennel through no fault of his own may i add, these breeds of dogs are loving, loyal and love life just like every other breed of dog, i believe it is how the dog is treated that determinds if it attacks or not and this dog is treated with the love and respect that he deserves as he has not attacked or biten anyone, he is a credit to his family. The council really need to let this dog go home and live the rest of his life with his loving family and where he needs to be AT HOME, have a heart Mr Judge how would you feel if it was you dog.

  • Annmarie Tinsley

    almost 2 years ago

    Annmarie Tinsley

    Lennox needs to go home he has done nothing wrong. BCC needs to concentrate on over breeding, dog fighting and people who are abusing there dogs rather than putting a loving family through this torment and stress because there family pet has been stero typed.

  • Sheila Cooper

    almost 2 years ago

    Sheila Cooper

    most people don't even know what a pitbull looks like and class staffordshire bull terriers as being pitbulls. BUT no matter the breed every dog has potential to bite when with the wrong owner. Training makes a good dog and people who know what they are doing train ANY dog properly. Bring out a register of those who train dogs to be viscious, name and shame those people implement the law on THEM not the dog who is doing as it has been taught. Most of all please please please do not class all dogs as being viscious just because of the way they look etc. Would a man be sentenced to death because he looked like a famous serial killer or was the same height?? Would he be kept for 2 years isolated in a cell not knowing why ? ...I doubt it so why do this to dogs ?...Punish the deed NOT the breed!!

  • Margaret Crawford

    almost 2 years ago

    Margaret Crawford

    it is disgusting that this poor animal who was well looked after and caused no harm has been sentenced to death when will the law makers wake up and realise that not every dog of a certain type as they so put it is a risk it is neglectful owners not dangerous dogs that need prosecuted and furthermore we have all saw the love he was showing towards those wardens who claimed to be terrified of this dangerous brute ..... wonder if perjury is something that should be looked at as lying on oath is not on from anyone EVER!!!

  • Debbie Merson

    almost 2 years ago

    Debbie Merson

    please someone see sense & let this poor guy lead his senior years with his loving, tormented family..what has he actually done? NOTHING!! if this was against a human it would be racism , BCC should be ashamed of themselves..LET HIM GO HOME!!!!

  • Sally Healey

    almost 2 years ago

    Sally Healey

    Free Lennox !! He and his family have suffered for long enough.. he has never harmed anyone.. this needs to end now and this boy needs returning home to his tormented family.. Please see sense Belfast City Council..

  • Teresa

    almost 2 years ago

    Teresa

    Its a lot like every hoodie is a thug, every young man is a speeding lunatic behind the wheel etc etc. Of course this is just ridiculous and we defend it as such. Its time to treat all dogs equally and individually and not blame one for something another has done.

  • Debbie Murphy

    almost 2 years ago

    Debbie Murphy

    Deed not breed!! It's about time the government looked at the other end of lead. Staffies are a wonderful breed and are being condemned because of some idiot owners. Let's stop this madness now. Lennox should be at home with his family where he belongs.

  • JaneEndBSLSheller

    almost 2 years ago

    JaneEndBSLSheller

    Just because a dog looks a certain 'type' doesn't make it aggressive. Just because some dogs are aggressive, due to bad ownership doesn't mean other dogs of same breed are too. Deed not breed. Lennox was completely innocent and it is a disgrace. Years ago in this country they were known as The Nanny Dog for good reason and they haven't changed, society has.

  • marlyn ferguson

    almost 2 years ago

    marlyn ferguson

    Please let Lennox go home, he has never been in any trouble, but because of his breed he has been taken away.from a loving home & put in kennels in Northern Ireland. Having read the transcript of Lennox's hearing it was full of what if's & maybe's. During his stay he has never.been any trouble 2 any of the staff looking.after him so why.is he.been sentemced 2 die???

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  • pauline norman

    almost 2 years ago

    pauline norman

    free poor lennox, stop BSL, bcc is out of order, proscute the warden for lying in court, this dog is no more dangerous than any other dog, bcc need to sort there proraties out, i say boycote northern ireland until lennox and BSL ARE SORTED IT.... FREE LENNOX, HE IS INNOCENT....

  • tracie green

    almost 2 years ago

    tracie green

    free lennox, he is innocent and doesnt deserve this, proscute the dog warden for lying under oath, belfast city council, need to listen to the public, i for one will not be visiting northern ireland, and i know many people will not, free lennox and stop BSL, murderers and rapists arent put to sleep, we all need to make a stand now...

  • jane mcgregor

    almost 2 years ago

    jane mcgregor

    please let lennox go, The world is behind him and his family. He doesnt deserve this. Belfast council should be a ashamed. They are wrong. punish the need not the breed

  • Emma McDowall

    almost 2 years ago

    Emma McDowall

    If Lennox was going to bite he would have done so by now and since he has been held for TWO years now he Should be allowed to go home as he has not done anything wrong. End BSL now it dose not work.

  • Louise Haig

    almost 2 years ago

    Louise Haig

    I hear that Lennox's story is being discussed on the show. I would like the show to put the spotlight on Belfast City Council and the awful conditions Lennox is being kept in. Lennox has a skin condition which they arent treating, and he looks awful. If this was happening in the UK, the RSPCA would have them for animal neglect/cruelty. Breed specific legislation needs to end, and irresponsible owners need to be punished properly. A Jack Russel can be a dangerous dog if it has been taught that is the way to be by its owner....

  • Liz Wilcock

    almost 2 years ago

    Liz Wilcock

    Punish the deed not the breed, we have prisons full of murderers, child abusers, rapists etc, But a family pet can be seized like this and sentenced to death.., has the world gone totally mad??I want Justice for Lennox and his family, BSL has too many flaws, this showing the main one.. Online all you have to do is type in Lennox and the support from all over the world is magnificent. .Also i feel that Belfast City Council should be prosecuted for animal neglect/ abuse, the pictures of Lennox in their care is a disgrace, and I hope Belfast City Council realise all of the worlds eyes are on them.

  • Debra Jefferson

    almost 2 years ago

    Debra Jefferson

    Any person can attack but they aren't murdered for looking a certain way. We need to end Breed standard legislation and punish the deed not the breed!!

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