Monthly Archives: July 2012

Did Lennox Die Months Before He was Allegedly Killed?

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Belfast – On July 11, Belfast City Council (BCC) announced that it had euthanized Lennox the dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act, but according to an informant, the dog died in his kennel months before his execution date.

A few days ago, Dr. Leigh Foster, the creator and host of the radio-based ‘Pawz Cauze Show’ announced that she had been given information by an unidentified informant that Lennox the dog died months before he was due to be executed by Northern Ireland’s Belfast City Council.

Foster said she was contacted by an anonymous person shortly after ending her show on July 11, the day Lennox was allegedly put to sleep. The informant she said, told her that employees at the shelter where Lennox was secured, “went into his kennel one morning to give him his medication for kennel stress, food, and water,” and found Lennox dead.

In a panic said the informant, the shelter contacted BCC for further instruction and was told to “have the body cremated immediately and to destroy the collar, clean the kennel and remove all evidence that Lennox was even there,” Foster said. The informant even went as far to suggest that this was shared by BCC with the judge in the Lennox case, who upheld the ruling of two lower courts ordering Lennox’s death.

A transcript of Foster’s allegations between the doctor and her informant was posted by June Maxim of the North Country Gazette. A copy of the article is also posted here, and on July 18, the North Country Gazette followed up with an announcement that the informant may have been identified.

Foster writes that if the allegations are in fact true, then it would explain a great deal about how and why BCC handled the case as they did. It would also explain why the Barnes family were not allowed to see Lennox she said, why the dog’s collar was not returned to the family, and more importantly, why despite repeated pleas for amnesty, even from Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson, BCC refused to back down.

In a post on Facebook just a couple of hours ago, Victoria Stilwell, the star of the popular It’s Me or the Dog show, posted this statement:

The family have told me that Belfast City Council will still not answer the family’s calls and have consistently ignored their request to have Lennox’s collar returned to them, nor have they returned ‘Lennox’s ashes.’

There are many rumors circulating that Lennox died in a certain kennel location months before the BCC announced that he was euthanised and that the kennel panicked and were told by the BCC to get rid of everything Lennox related.

These are still just rumors and should not be taken for hard fact until the truth is revealed. The family are ‘heartbroken’.

Stilwell had campaigned on Lennox’s behalf and had offered to re-home the dog (all expenses paid), in the US.

Certainly photographic evidence appeared to show that Lennox was not in the best of health during his stay at the kennel. Images leaked to the family at one point, showed that the canine was missing huge patches of fur, often indicative of kennel stress.

This image leaked to the Barnes family show Lennox missing large patches of fur  possibly from kenne...

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This image leaked to the Barnes family show Lennox missing large patches of fur, possibly from kennel stress.

For more than two years, the Barnes family who owned Lennox, pursued all legal avenues to bring their dog home after he was seized by the BCC in May 2010. But by mid-June, a final court ruling upheld the decision of two lower courts who ordered Lennox to be destroyed under the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA).

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Lennox’s Prison Warden Receives Promotion ~ Please Protest.

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PEACEFUL PROTEST ~ PROTEST INSTRUCTIONS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

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Antrim – With outrage still swirling over the death of Lennox the dog, it appears that Alexandra Lightfoot, the dog warden who testified under oath that Lennox was “one of the most aggressive dogs” she had dealt with, received a promotion.
Lennox, the Labrador/American Bulldog, was destroyed on July 11 by Belfast City Council (BCC), despite a massive campaign to free the dog and re-home him in the USA.

For more than two years, the Barnes family who owned Lennox, pursued all legal avenues to bring their dog home after he was seized by the BCC in May 2010. But by mid-June, a final court ruling upheld the decision of two lower courts who ordered Lennox to be destroyed under the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA).

More than 200,000 people had signed a petition asking the BCC to spare Lennox. Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, star of It’s Me or the Dog, had offered to re-home him in the US. Even Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson, asked Belfast’s Lord Mayor about Lennox’s case and suggested BCC should seriously look at the re-homing option, considering the dog had no violent history.

But it was all to no avail. BCC carried out the court’s destruction order as soon as it was viable to do so. Robinson called the act shameful. “Destroying a dog that had no history of aggression is folly” he said, “and shames society.” But it was more shameful in that the court ignored independent assessments from two certified dog behaviorists – David Ryans and Sarah Fisher, and relied solely on the testimony of two people, Peter Tallack (a dog handler), and Alexandra Lightfoot (a dog warden), both employed by BCC.

Alexandra Lightfoot, also known as Sandie Lightfoot, took the stand and testified under oath that Lennox was “one of the most aggressive dogs” she had ever seen, and she was scared to be around him. But her account did not jibe with video captured one year after Lennox was seized, that showed Ms. Lightfoot holding and petting Lennox during Ryan’s assessment.

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Please Sign Petition on Behalf of Dear Little Lennox. Don’t Let the World Forget.

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Please Don’t Let The World Forget Me.

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Hello Everybody !!  My Name is Princess Angelina.  I had a terrible life wandering around the streets of Miami, until some nice ladies in Florida rescued me.  Now I am living with my Furever Mommy, and we Love each other Sooo Much.  I have a wonderful life, Mostly sleeping on the couch.   I Love sleeping on the couch with my New Mommy.  I have been at my Furever Home for 2 years now.  Miracles Happen !  (Sometimes)

I have made it my NEW Life Mission to Save Other Dogs from Horrible Lives; and to get Justice for Poor Little Babies like LENNOX. Here’s how YOU can help !

Our Task for Today ~ Please Sign and Share the Petition to  request that Alexandra Lightfoot is removed from her post as Dog Warden with Belfast City Council.   Alexandra Lightfoot has lied under oath in a court of law and has played a key role in the Murder of Lennox, a 7 year old American Bull Dog Labrador cross.

PLEASE CLICK  [ HERE ]  TO SIGN THE PETITION.

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For Background Information on LENNOX, Please Click  [ Here ].

If you would like to order a Bumper Sticker for your car, to show your support for LENNOX, Please CLICK HERE.

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A Shameful End to the Fight to Save Lennox.

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 See Below For Action to Avenge the Death of this Darling Innocent Dog.

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By Kelley Diekman

Despite exhaustive efforts by the family, politicians, celebrities and the international public outcry to save Lennox the dog after a two-year battle, he was sadly killed the morning of July 11, 2012.

Lennox was a 5 year old American Bull dog and Lab mix that was taken from his home and family in Northern Ireland in May, 2010 because he resembled a Pit Bull. The Belfast City Council seized Lennox under the Dangerous Dog Act, breed specific legislation that has marked Pit Bulls as a threat. As midnight came and went, so did the opportunity for the family to appeal the Belfast City Council’s decision to kill Lennox. Sometime the morning of July 11, 2012, Lennox was put to sleep without his family who were not allowed to see him over the past two years or even say goodbye.

The Belfast City Council posted the following press release following the despicable act:

Dangerous dog is put to sleep following final court decision

Belfast City Council confirmed on July 11, 2012 that the dog Lennox, an illegal pit-bull terrier type, has been humanely put to sleep. This was in accordance with the Order of the County Court which was affirmed by the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

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

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

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

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