Don’t Euthanize Family Dog for Looking Like a Pit Bull

Target: Belfast Ireland City Lord Mayor

Goal: Don’t euthanize Lennox, who was confiscated merely because he was determined to be of “pit bull type.”

On May 19th, 2010, Lennox, a beloved family pet, was taken from his home in Belfast Ireland because he was determined to be of “pit bull type.”  His owners, the Barnes family, have stated that Lennox is in fact a Labrador/American Bulldog mix.  Regardless of Lennox’s breed, prior to his confiscation the dog had committed no crimes.  The Barnes family had never received a complaint regarding Lennox, and the dog was well cared for.  Lennox has been described as good-natured by behaviorists who evaluated him, yet he has been sentenced to death because of the way he looks.

According to Ireland’s Dangerous Dogs Act, dogs can be determined to be dangerous based on physical traits.  Pit bulls are illegal to own as pets in Ireland.  Although Lennox is a mixed breed, he was determined to be of “pit bull type” due to the size measurements of his head and rear legs.  Lennox was 5 years old when he was taken from the family who had raised him from a puppy.  For the first 5 years of his life, Lennox was licensed through Belfast City Council without any issues.

Lennox was supposed to be euthanized based solely on his looks, but his family refused to sign him over and has been fighting for his return for the past 2 years.  In that time, they have not been able to visit their dog a single time.  Sadly, a recent June 12th court hearing upheld the decision to have Lennox euthanized based on his breed type.  Despite the ruling, Lennox is currently still alive, and will reportedly not be destroyed until all legal avenues have been exhausted.  Sign the petition below to tell the city of Belfast Ireland that you do not agree with their ruling to euthanize Lennox just because he looks like a pit bull.  Dogs, like people, should be judged by their actions and not their appearance.


Dear Belfast Ireland City Lord Mayor,

Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is a hot-button issue.  Some people may understand why pit bulls are banned in Ireland, while to others the laws seem unfair.  However, no matter where people’s personal opinions regarding pit bulls fall, the fact of the matter remains that the dog Lennox, who was recently sentenced to execution, is not a pit bull.

It is unfair to sentence Lennox, a dog with a family who cares for him deeply, to death based merely on his appearance and measurements of his head and rear legs.  If this were a human being prosecuted rather than a dog, the actions of Belfast City government would be considered racist.  Lennox had no prior history of aggression, no complaints filed against him, and had been successfully licensed in your city for 5 years without any issues.

Please reconsider the June 12th court decision sentencing Lennox to death.  Dogs, like people, should be judged by their actions and not by their appearance.


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  1. this is so terrible the way animals r being treated in this world

  2. Doris murmer says:

    My heart goes out to this family. It so cruel to keep this dog confined all this time for no reason other than his looks. There doesn’t seem to be any compassion for the families of the dogs they love AND WHO LOVE IN RETURN.

  3. We have lots of Pitt Bulls at our No-Kill shelter. They are great family pets and we’ve never had a problem with them.

  4. Jelca Bruigom says:

    discrimination and wrongly discriminated

  5. Allen L. Corte says:

    I’ll take the dog, e-mail me.

  6. Bernard cronyn says:

    Typical Orwellian mindless, bullying, jobsworth mentality that is driving the UK to becoming nothing more than another police state.

  7. lennox must live! this is discrimination! how low can you people go?

  8. this is the most ridiculous news I have ever heard….just because he LOOKS like a pit bull!!!!! are you f***ing me!!! that is totally discrimination…so if a person looks like an american, would they be possibly euthanized also???? maybe the politicians that run the govt were to have a family member looking suspicious, of course, that would be overlooked……..right!!!! this is one of the lowest forms of discrimination I have ever heard of…..wake up you people…that dog has not done a damn thing to you now has he???? you people are idiots!!!!

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