Ernest Dempsey — After waiting for two years in the hope of justice from Belfast authorities, the owners of the dog Lennox have
decided to leave the dog to their mercy. The family posted its pessimistic message of giving in on facebook yesterday, saying that they have no hope of winning the legal battle for Lennox and the dog may well be killed as there is nothing they can do in the legal course of the struggle.
The news of Lenox’s owner family’s message was posted today in media. U TV reports that Lenox’s family expressed their defeat admitting that they were wrong in believing that the courts will show justice. Now their only hope is for the dog to be rehomed to US where its supporters have been running online campaigns to save Lennox from unjustifiable destruction. This is what the dog’s online supporters are now doing – contacting the Belfast City Council, whose wardens seized the dog in 2010 from its home, to ask them to let Lennox go free.
Today’s acknowledgment of defeat on the legal front comes as a big setback not only to Lennox’s supporters but to the general sense of justice. When a crime happens, people go to court for justice. But when a court is part of the crime, where do you go? In Lennox’s case, the courts in Belfast, Northern Ireland, have proved a circus where only sick humor prevails. Executing a dog with no history of aggression under the excuse that it is a pit bull and potentially dangerous has literally shown that Belfast is a living hell for innocent people and animals.
Yet one question being asked by some online supporters of the dog has still not got enough attention, though it is of fundamental importance: why Lennox? Is it just an act of state vandalism where officials can bust into anyone’s house and seize whatever or whoever they like? Or is there any other background to this entire story of authoritarian abuse and torture? A staunch critic of the Belfast authorities, Prudence Haliwell, believes that the Belfast authorities have close links with terror groups and paramilitaries and they may have raided the owner’s house and seized the dog as a measure of personal vendetta. There is, however, no evidence or clear idea of the real motive of Belfast authorities.
Of now, Belfast authorities are being condemned strongly by supporters of Lennox. The way they have seized an innocent animal and prolonged the entire drama of state-supported oppression is something only a lawless land allows on its soil. The only chance Belfast authorities stand now in restoring any respect they had is by letting Lennox go free to the US as an act of good will and justice and closing this chapter of abuse and torture.