For two-years Caroline Barnes has been fighting to overturn the decision to euthanize her pit bull type dog after the Belfast City Council ruled Lennox dangerous in May 2010. Today, even despite the world-wide campaign to save the dog who never bit anyone or misbehaved with his family was ordered by the Court of Appeals to die.
Barnes appeared with her attorneys in front of Lord Justice Girvan, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, and Lord Justice Higgins. All confirmed and pointed to the Dangerous Dog Act adopted by Northern Ireland in 2011 as well as reports from the dog wardens who originally removed Lennox from his home.
"The judge had heard evidence on the issues relating to this dog over a protracted two-day hearing, carefully considered the evidence and the issues and he reached conclusions of fact which have not been vitiated by any error of law on his part," Lord Justice Girvan said.
A dog trainer hired by the City Council to evaluate Lennox testified that the dog was dangerous and was aggressive towards strangers. The defense stated all of the stories presented by the City Council were embellished, and none were accurate.
Lennox had been a companion to Caroline Barnes' disabled daughter Brooke. The dog reportedly has been kept in substandard kennels for the last two-years. Brooke has been heartbroken by the loss of her canine companion, and the world has joined the child in her tearful pleas to be reunited with Lennox.
There has been no date set for Lennox' death.
Two hours ago the Facebook page entitled 'Save Lennox' with nearly 56,000 followers issued the following statement:
Official: Lennox's Family Will Release A Statement In Due Course Once They Have Had Time To Absorb Today's Ruling By Chief Justice Girvan. The Family Kindly Ask All Supporters To Remain Calm And Dignified As Always In Their Response To Today's Sad And Very Wrong Decision By The Northern Ireland Chief Justice. Thank You.
The Save Lennox Campaign
A petition to the Belfast Council and Prime Minister is available by clicking here
by Cheryl Hanna
by Cheryl Hanna