Pit bull activists, dog lovers and anyone with a sense of fairness has felt outraged this week as Lennox, a loving Labrador and bulldog mix was killed by animal control authorities in Belfast, Ireland. Lennox had been kenneled by the city for two years while his family fought for his release.
It seems unbelievable that these events could even happen in these circumstances. Belfast does not allow pit bulls, however, Lennox was not a pit bull. There had been no complaints about him. He was living happily and safely as a family pet and therapy dog. It wasn’t as if he had been deemed a dangerous dog before he was seized. The nightmare began when the police visited Lennox’s family, but only because they had the address wrong.
Belfast city officials seemed determined to declare Lennox an illegal pit bull, despite DNA evidence to the contrary. Their position seemed to be that the measurements of his muzzle would determine dangerous behavior. They would not allow Lennox to be placed outside of the city, or even outside of the country. They seemed only determined to kill him, and I have to wonder if they went to these extremes in an attempt to save face.
I can’t help but think what a wretched waste this all was. To what end did the council spend all that time, money and effort? I can’t help but think it all could have been better spent saving homeless animals, rather than killing one who had a loving and responsible family.