Readers may remember the story of Lennox, the dog in Northren Ireland that was seized by the Belfast City Council (BCC) and put on
death row by a court because the judge felt that the dog “appeared dangerous” and could bite as it had teeth. Lennox has appeared in news again as dog trainer Victoria Stillwell was reportedly shocked over his health condition.
Since May 19, 2010, that is about two years ago, when Lennox was ripped from his owner Caroline Barnes’ home, the Belfast City Council has kept dodging the owner family in getting information about Lennox’s whereabouts or his health condition. A source close to the Barnes family told GHN, “Not once has any member of Belfast City Council accepted a phone call from the family.” The source went on to say that all this long ago stopped being about Lennox and is more about punishing the family for speaking out and daring to challenge the council and their almighty power.
Lennox’s health has been affected during his prolonged captivity. To the knowledge of the source mentioned here, the dog has lost considerable amounts of his coat since being taken and is on daily amounts of Amitriptyine for kennel stress. This in turn has made him grossly bloated. When an acquaintance saw him, she noticed he had a neck injury in the way he carried himself and broken and bleeding nail beds. We have no other information on Lennox health as time and again Belfast City Council have refused all requests for the family’s own vet to see him. We do not even know if he received his annual shots.
What is most apparent and decisively supporting for Lennox is the fact that despite captivity for two years and its abuse by the BCC, he has never bitten anyone. A cool, peaceful guy, he has remained peaceful, and independent experts have refuted the authorities’ allegations that he is a dangerous dog. Even a warden who once claimed to have been bitten by Lennox later admitted that it was a lie told in court under oath.
As the source from Britain told GHN, the next hearing is expected on 24th of May – with the Lord Chief Justice hearing the case after the last court verdict to uphold Lennox’s death penalty was appealed by the Barnes. The public has been very supportive of Lennox all along, not only from Belfast and Northern Ireland but from around the world.
When asked about whether media has done enough to cover the issue, the source answered, “Media don’t give a hoot. Lennox doesn’t fit in with our media hype of dangerous devil dogs and land sharks. He is innocent, so they can’t spin a story out of him.”
But on social media, there indeed are voices speaking for the release of this canine fellow who has been wrongfully seized, senselessly put on death row, and denied any justice by the Belfast City Authorities or judiciary.
While supporters of Lennox are writing to the Belfast City Lord Mayor to intervene, they hope the Lord Chief Justice hearing the case in May will put facts before the BCC’s on-record distortion of facts and release Lennox t his family after two horrible years of unwarranted captivity.