Public outcry for the investigation of Belfast City Council – Written by Penny Tilton


I’ve been reading many articles relating to the case of Lennox and Belfast City Council and came across this article written by a lady in the United States.  There is an awful lot of common sense in this article and I felt the need to share it with you:

Published :  Examiner.com on July 14th 2012

The public is asking for an immediate investigation into the Belfast City Council (BCC) and their handling of the historic Lennox case. Several high profile people have publicly spoken out about the way BCC handled the Barnes family and their dog Lennox’s case.

In 2010 the dog warden seized Lennox from the Barnes home under Northern Ireland’s dangerous dogs order (DDO) or the better term, breed specific legislation (BSL).

View slideshow:Evidence of some of the BCC lies

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The Barnes had paid BCC Lennox’s license fees for five years, every year the same description of his breed was labelled as “bull breed.” Lennox is an American bull dog and lab mix, proven in DNA testing; this breed does not fall under BCC’s DDO listing; but in May of 2010 Lennox was still seized and held under the DDO.

BCC courts rejected any evidence the Barnes attorneys would present. BCC courts rejected the DNA tests, and ignored the Barnes expert witness they presented on Lennox’s temperament, BCC courts did listen to a non certified dog handler when he stated “the dog is unpredictable.”

A dog warden who testified that she was “afraid of Lennox,” was publicly exposed to the perjury she committed, but still holds her position and is rumoured she was given a promotion.

At the beginning of 2012 pictures of Lennox’s health leaked out to the public. The pictures revealed Lennox with major hair loss and a neck injury. The Barns asked the BCC court if they could have their Vet evaluate Lennox’s health and have him treated, BCC denied their request.

There was a media blackout on the Lennox case.

The BCC refused to re-home Lennox to the United States even thou there are cases of dogs given the control (exemption) conditions so he could be re-homed.

BCC refused to allow the Barnes to say goodbye to Lennox before they killed him, and now refuse to give his collar to the Barnes as a keepsake.

There was no justice in the Lennox case, it seemed to be stacked in the BCC’s favour from the start, and the public is asking for an investigation. It was the public’s tax money that funded the one sided case and the public has the right to know how the money is being spent.

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