Success: Harmless Family Dog Seized by Authorities Finally Returned

Target: Alderman Brian Kingston, Lord Mayor of Belfast

Goal: Praise decision to return sweet dog to his owners after he was taken on suspicion of being a banned breed.

An innocent dog taken by city authorities on suspicion of being a pit bull has finally been returned to his grateful owners. Described as a “gentle giant,” Hank has never shown any signs of aggression. Instead, he is playful and affectionate and was assessed by a dog-training expert who confirmed the dog was in no way aggressive. Yet, Hank was removed from his home by officials who merely left a note for his worried owners.

The gentle and confused dog was then caged for nearly a month, risking euthanasia. Thankfully, the city council decided to release Hank, but neither he nor his owners should have been put through this ordeal. This laudable move came after a wave of public protest at the dog’s detention, including by the ForceChange community, which finally convinced authorities to grant Hank an exemption to the country’s cruel and illogical breed-specific legislation. Unfortunately, countless dogs are never returned and are put down simply because of the way they look.

Sign this petition thanking authorities for finally releasing this gentle dog and demand an end to breed-specific legislation, which results in the death of countless innocent dogs and the grief of their loving owners.


Dear Lord Mayor Kingston,

I am writing to praise the Belfast City Council’s decision to release an innocent dog back to his owners. Hank was taken from his family on suspicion of being a pit bull, despite having never displayed signs of aggression.

I applaud this laudable decision, which clearly proves that breed-specific legislation is useless, inhumane and irrational. Moreover, it is widely opposed by experts, politicians and the public, and is wholly inefficient in preventing dog bites. Instead, laws should be passed to regulate dog breeding.

Thank you for releasing gentle Hank, and please ensure no other animal or owners suffer this ordeal by removing breed-specific legislation once and for all.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Leonard Collins

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  2. This is a pure non-sense. Simply because this pooch is happened to be related to the Pit bull breed, so he was taken and kept in isolation and punished. By the way to those so called ‘Pundits’ who took this decision, may I ask you all,…how many times have you thought of eliminating the vicious serial killers blood relatives? Vicious murderers blood relatives? Chronic pedophiles
    Stop this BS. It is NOTHING to do with any dog or human that turns out to be violent or vicious. It is what they themselves create and when it comes to animals, it is the way the owners had managed to bring them up. There are so many PIT BULLS have being brave enough to save their owners from Fire, Robbers, Accidents, Snakes etc etc you name it…These pooches are very loving to many owners. So please spend the Tax payers money to protect the citizens of your city while checking on drug dealers, Murderers, Thieves and dozen others who are a cancerous to the society. Any ways thank you for leaving this beloved pooch alone to let a life without any harm to him.

  3. Thanks for returning Hank to his beloved family. Please remove breed-specific legislations which is unfair, ridiculous and behind the times.

  4. Wendy Morrison says:

    All dogs at birth are innocent and should NEVER be trained to be mean and aggressive by certain humans! Ban certain HUMANS NOT 1 breed of dog. Stop banning Pit Bulls!!!!
    I’m happy that handsome Hanks is back with his family!!!

  5. Cease breed discrimination.This is cruel and outdated legislation.We are in the year 2016 and not the year 1800.Become educated and civilised!

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    So happy Hank is back home❗️?
    Signed & Shared.

  7. THIS whole episode was unnecessary,uncalled for and very discriminatory and must never be repeated anywhere or anyplace.

    Thank you to everyone who fought so hard to save Hank. I’m sos happy that he is safe and home with his loving family.


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