Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lennox: The gloves come off.

PRE-AFTER NOTE (It makes sense in just a second) IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNED COMMENTS:

For those concerned about my comment that I had remained in the background on this up 'till now: I was working along with Victoria for about a year.  We presented me as an independent, unallied and qualified expert to come re-evaluate Lennox.  I kept my prior comments on this blog thoughtful and low key in order to try and be able to do what I do-give a fair, balanced, and professional assessment.  Making a public fuss, even though I already had my reservations, would not have helped to gain the possible access we sought.  And in all honesty (which was expressed to the parties in charge), if I had gone to NI and evaluated Lennox and found him dangerous, I would have publicly said so! Now I am able, since there is no longer a chance of coming in from "outside" as a non-threatening presence, to put my feelings and the story of my/our efforts out there.  My prior reticence was in Lennox' interest; too much said too soon without full access and information would have done nothing to help.  Please know that, out of the public spotlight, I have been eager, ready and willing to step in at any point and bring my professional experience to bear.  Believe me when I tell you that I am sick thinking that, just maybe, if I had gone sooner.....and then, as we all do, I guess myself into a corner.  The BCC has had the controls the entire time.   We can only know go forward and try to keep this from happening again.
Jim

First warning: This is going to be a long one.  Grab a drink and settle back-we have some talking to do.

From the beginning of my involvement with the Lennox case (which dates back almost a year to when Victoria Stilwell brought me in) I have stayed as neutral and professional as possible.  I have resisted criticising the BCC and their evaluator, as we were trying to get me to Northern Ireland and get access to Lennox to give a fair, objective, and behaviorally sound evaluation.  Sarah Fisher had done a great job, but I brought extensive "Pit Bull" experience coupled with unparalleled experience with "killer dogs" (dogs that have taken human lives).  So I kept my opinion considered and low key, hoping that I could have come in as an "outside" expert, supplemented Victoria and Sarah's efforts, and gotten the BCC to listen.  Now that Lennox is dead and the case is over, I no longer have to hold my tongue.

Let's look at the "qualifications" of the only evaluation that the BCC or Court accepted.  The BCC "evaluator" is, admittedly, a former police Constable.  So am I, except that instead of being a Constable, the equivalent here in the US to a base Patrolman, I retired as a Lieutenant and Watch Commander, the UK equivalent of a full Inspector with the Metropolitan Police.  I am also a certified Behavior Consultant (he has no such training), have been certified as a Professional Dog Trainer, and am trained and certified as a behavior evaluator by several organizations-and he is not.  I have further, over the years, worked with, trained, and evaluated what are probably over a thousand Pit Bulls and other breeds prohibited in the UK, certainly more than the BCC evaluator.

In fact, their evaluator, who's evaluation history seems to be summed up by "knows a Pit Bull when he is paid to find one" isn't even a dog show judge.  Wouldn't a conformation expert such as a show judge have been a better choice if we were going to see if a dog physically met a breed standard?

Sarah Fisher, a bona-fide behaviorist, issued her opinion as to Lennox' safe demeanor, but her opinion was spurned.  One suspects that the BCC had issues with the opinion of a "mere woman" despite her clear qualifications.

So another outside evaluator, with credentials, was brought in by the Barnes family, this time a man.  David Ryans conducted a second evaluation, and was also rejected by the BCC.  Rumor had it at the time that they did not consider Ryans experienced enough with prohibited breeds.

All that said, I have looked carefully at the video of Mr. Ryans, and would like to walk you all through what I see.

The video I am referring to is posted online here: http://lennoxsandielightfoot.blogspot.com/2012/07/video-of-sandie-lightfoot-and-belfast.html The times given refer to the times listed on the running video.

The test starts with Lennox on leash, held by a female Animal Control person, with both the Animal Control person and David Ryans (presumably a stranger to Lennox), a behaviorist, seated in chairs.  Lennox is being petted by the female.  Lennox is seated and seems to be relaxed.

As Mr. Ryans is placing a notebook into a bag at his side, Lennox approaches under Mr. Ryans' leg to see what he is doing.  He shows no fear or reticence towards Ryans, just mild interest in the bag.  Ryans places his open hand directly on Lennox snout to pet him and guide him back from under Ryans' legs.

Lennox returns to the seated female and seeks her attention (about 32 seconds in).  Mr. Ryans then proffers a treat repeatedly to Lennox, extending it and then removing it from Lennox' reach. Lennox is focused on the treat, but allows Ryans to take the treat back repeatedly with no sign of possession aggression or reluctance.  Lennox never snaps, lunges, or does anything other than wait for Ryans to surrender the treat.  Lennox does, for a moment, try to get up and approach Ryans and the treat, but immediately returns to a sit when asked.  Lennox' responses are positive and he readily seeks appropriate, positive contact with Ryans'  Lennox does briefly try to get in Ryans' lap, but responds immediately when asked to get off.  Ryans appears to "pop" Lennox on the snout several times with an open hand (about 1:27) to elicit a response.  Lennox briefly and calmly retreats, but continues to try and make positive contact with Ryans with no defensive or aggressive display.

Ryans then stands up.  Lennox continues to make appropriate positive contact, and shows no negative response to Ryans despite his looming stance over Lennox.  Lennox watches as Ryans turns away and reaches for more treats.  Lennox makes no attempt to go after Ryans while his back is turned.

Lennox then allows Ryans to approach frontally and back  him up, almost to the wall, with Ryans maintaining a tall, directly frontal stance.  Lennox sits attentively.  Ryans then challenges Lennox with a direct, frontal stare.  Lennox responds peacefully, turning his head, and remains calm, retreating briefly and returning to the handler, then partially turning away to defuse the challenge of Ryan's.  At no time did Lennox show even the most remote aggressive response to this stranger, Mr. Ryans.

Now, please compare my notes here to an evaluation I conducted regarding a frankly aggressive animal we will call "JoJo" (not his name).  Remember-these following notes are an aggressive dog, NOT Lennox!

"JoJo did not allow me to make direct contact.  JoJo is very suspicious of others. When he was out XXX was holding him.  JoJo was tense and alert.   JoJo reacted violently to sustained eye contact, in full lunge and attack mode, teeth bared and barking/growling strongly.  Once JoJo reacted to me he kept a very wary eye on me and did not relax.  WARNING: JOJO HAS DISPLAYED HUMAN FOCUS AGGRESSION.  JOJO MAY BE A THREAT TO HUMANS. JOJO IS A HIGH LIABILITY DOG.  Humane containment and management is the best strategy for him."

Does this look a little different from the objective appraisal of Lennox?  I certainly think so."JoJo" was clearly an aggressive dog, and reading my assessment of Lennox, or watching the video, shows the reality of Lennox' interaction with Mr. Ryans-completely non-aggressive.

For those wanting to see the evaluation of another dog accused of aggression that turned out NOT to be an aggressive dog, please watch the following:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHdpQP76WKs

You will see that this evaluation is far more extensive, and is conducted with this "killer" dog unrestrained.  Helo's evaluation included substantial direct contact between me and the dog, and let me see far more of Helo's true behavior.  Mr. Ryan was operating under the constraints imposed by the BCC.  I will bet that the BCC evaluator never interacted freely with Lennox.  I also suspect that the BCC evaluator never grabbed Lennox by the face, never met his gaze eye-to-eye, never tried to take a food bowl away-in fact, I would guess that their evaluator's whole opinion was derived from a closely limited situation like they imposed on Mr. Ryan.  That is not a fair or appropriate evaluation.

The evaluation for that dog, Helo, is summarized here:


"I first observed Helo inhis kennel.  He came to the front of thekennel as I passed and was alert and quiet. I then proceeded to the fenced play area at the facility and had Helobrought out to me to interact and greet off leash.  Helo greeted me readily and appropriately,sniffing and alert.  He approached headup, with no show of shyness or aggression. He readily sought contact but was also interested in checking out theimmediate area.

Helo readily allowed me topet him, and then allowed ready manipulation of his head, ears, mouth, andtail.  He allowed me to manipulate hisrear feet, but was sensitive to handling of his front legs, consistent with theexpected behavior of an animal that has recently received a leg injury.  His right front leg still showed visibleswelling.  I grasped Helo by the sides ofhis face and, at close range, met his gaze directly.  Helo broke eye contact first and did notgrowl, stiffen his posture, or show any typical signs of stress oraggression.  Helo repeatedly allowed meto grab his collar, stand over him, and examine his bite and teeth formeasurements.  I conducted a “squeezetest” wherein the tester grabs handfuls of fur and skin and gently squeezes todetermine the tested dog’s reactions. Helo did turn his head towards my hand as I proceeded down his body, butdid not open his mouth, snap, nip, or muzzle-punch in reaction.  His body posture remained neutral during thistest.

I offered Helo high-valuetreats (Pupperoni) and he took them readily. Helo allowed me to proffer the treats and then remove them from his bitewith no resistance or attempt to guard or protect the treats.  I also gave Helo a bowl of food (he had notreceived his morning feeding yet) and he allowed me to present and remove thefood repeatedly.  Helo allowed me tomanipulate his face while eating, and only gave a minimal grumble when Iphysically placed my hand into the kibble he was eating while he ate.

Helo is fairly wellbehaved, sitting on command fairly often (approximately 70%) and has a lesserresponse to being called (about 30%).

Helo exhibited nosensitivity to loud noises or strange objects."

Note that my written evaluations of Lennox, "JoJo", and Helo never use language such as "the most dangerous dog I have ever seen" or any of the other nonsense that the BCC's evaluator has used.  Such emotional language has no place in a behavioral assessment.  My evaluations never mention the dogs' appearance, as physical appearance has absolutely no bearing on behavior.  In fact, "JoJo" wasn't even a breed banned in the UK.  Neither was Helo.

Lennox certainly got short shrift in this incident.  The evaluator that the Court relied upon is clearly unqualified to assess temperament and behavior.  He doesn't even have the credentials to assess adherence to a breed standard.

And frankly, if their evaluator thinks that Lennox was the "most dangerous dog" he had ever seen-please come meet some off the guys I have handled and evaluated after they have killed humans.  I have seen more dangerous Cocker Spaniels.  Please, if you are to be considered a professional, try not to embarrass yourself with such twaddle.


I am so sorry Lennox.  We tried to get you a fair shot.  I just hope your death serves to be the seed for change, and that your sacrifice motivates others to fight unfair laws based in ignorance and hate.

194 comments:

  1. Well done Jim. Many professional assessors over here have exactly the same views. We are working to clear the decks of unqualified, inappropriately experience people asessing dogs.

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  2. I'm not sure I have ever seen someone scared of a dog start an assessment sitting down. I know I certainly start ALL of mine standing, and I especially won't sit if I know the dog had shown aggression in the past. I'll only sit in a chair if I've had a lot of positive feedback from the dog. If they were so scared of him, why didn't they show a little self preservation?

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    1. I thought exactly the same thing. If Lennox was 'the most dangerous dog' I had ever met, I do not think I would be sitting calming in the chair. Ridiculous. RIP Lennox.

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    2. My thoughts also! I certainly would not be in any position except preservation as Carrie mentioned... Be on the ready, so to speak!
      RIP Lennox.

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    3. unbelieveable isn't it,my maltese showes more aggression than lennox,i watched the video spoken about and everything is exact as it is in above article,and i am no expert,but i saw no signs in his body language of fear or aggression,nor that of the handler,who had the leash loose at all of the assessment,none of the articles i have read,seen,heard justified council seizing lennox to begin with,and in the two years of confinement,never showed any aggression,belfast council will surely regret all the stupidity of their actions,and the world questions why weren't real experts allowed to see lennox?victoria stillwell offered a solution,council would not liasion with her why ?why were the owners of the dog not allowed to visit or be with their pet at the end,why were they not able to access lennox's body after he was murdered...????????????????what are u hidding belfast cc....???was he in such a bad state,physically that u couldn't release him,?????????????????,rumours and threats have been abounding,but the facts have been presented to the world to see how the BSL laws are not ridding dangerous dogs from our streets,they are seizing family innocent dogs and murdering them for their appearance"pitt bull" like.this insanity has to be stopped,any dog is dangerous in the wrong hands,backyard breeders,dangerous criminals,they are the ones that should be accountable not innocent family dogs,no matter what the breed,blame the one at the end of the leash,not the breed

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  3. Thank you Jim for a great post! It's obvious why the BCC's Evaluator was chosen. The die had been cast, they wanted the dog to die and needed to control the outcome of the investigation. There was no room for objectivity.

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    1. Agreed MuttShack. They have shown themselves to be so lacking in credibility, and honesty that not a word can be considered. It's laughable if it wasn't so serious. The dog got shafted just because his family had the gall to exercise their right to challenge his siezure.

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    2. the Barnes family and Lennox were shafted because they spoke out against bsl and Lennox paid the ultimate price.

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    3. Thank you Jim. It is obvious that Belfast wanted to lynch Lennox from the start!! I would like the see the video/report that the court accepted. This requires a full investigation. It won't bring sweet Lennox back, but will expose the BCC and hopefully prevent further murders of innocent dogs!!


      “Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
      ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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    4. Jim, thank you for at least coming out and sharing your intellect. I agree with most of the comments aforementioned and find the whole sad matter of Lennox' death and inappropriate, and as mentioned, Lennox was a 'target' and the BCC was not going to change their opinion and embarrass themselves. So sadly Lennox was killed, he had been removed from his beloved family and not treated humanely - left to become morally dejected and alone. This is a terrible reflection on Belfast and all who are supposedly in authority. I believe it is truly time for a change that might help some other beautiful pet from suffering as Lennox and his family did. Your evaluation Jim is appreciated but it does not alleviate the blame of the BCC. Keep up YOUR GOOD WORK.

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  4. BCC have failed and betrayed its people. Their insisting to destroy Lennox was not to protect the public from harmful dog, and we can see it as clearly as reading our own palms. I don't what their motivation was, but this is so dirty and disgusting. Such a bent and distort justice system they have utilized there in Lennox's case.

    Thank you for your detailed, neutral, and professional writing. The world needs to see this, just in case there's someone who hasn't yet seen through BCC's corrupted scheme.

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    1. Corrupt is the best description here of the BCC. I am not familiar with the law and structure of this government branch in Ireland (I'm in the US), but I'm curious to know if there is any recourse against their inept and biased and neglectful actions?

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  5. Thank you so much for you expert opinion which backs those of the qualified people involved in the case. For reasons unknown Lennox was never given a chance and I believe from the first day his fate had been sealed.

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  6. God Bless you Jim. I loved talking to you on the phone the other day about MY two pit bulls and this excellent professional appraisal is much appreciated.

    Someone needs to get it to the BBC, Midlands TV, Anglia TV and all other broadcasting stations in GB.

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  7. fabulous article Mr Crosby, i would also like to know why if Lennox was 'the most dangerous and unpredictable dog' the warden had ever encountered then why is there pictures of her all over the internet allowing lennox on her lap and to lick her face ?

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    1. Lennox was obviously the most "dangerous and unpredictable" because the warden had obviously never met a dog before in her life. Thus nothing to compare with, so she could get away with making those silly statements.

      Has to be that! Can't be corruption, right?

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  8. Thank you for your evaluation and your professional opinion. Even the dogs on the street know that Lennox's fate was sealed the day he was seized from his family. Belfast City Council wanted Lennox killed from day one, it was a stitch up. RIP dear Lennox, your death will not be in vain if cruel BSL is abolished.

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  9. A wondefully written article that sadly breaks my heart all over again for poor Lennox. He never stood a chance with an incompetent accessor.

    There are so many answers that needs to be given because BCC are certainly corrupt.

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  10. Brilliant post Jim. So good to hear an educated opinion after all the twaddle that BCC have dished out. Human ego's got in the way of Justice and poor Lennox paid the price with his beautiful life. Thank you for speaking out. We can only hope that something good will come out of all of this and that Lennox will not have died in vain.

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  11. It is great to read such a detailed pos by someone who is an expert in the field. It completely destroys BCC's case and makes one wonder just exactly what they were up to. It is distressing that Lennox was killed, I only saw that video for the first time today and I have to ask what the courts in Northern Ireland were up to when they came to their decision. I hope Lennox's death won't be in vain and the reactions of you, Victoria, Sarah and many more can help bring about a change in the implementation of the law up their. However, judging by the spinning in the media I think it will be a be job, requiring lots of pressure.

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  12. When every single professional's assessment I have read of Lennox has affirmed his good behaviour, other than Belfast City Council's own unqualified 'expert' one can only wonder why Belfast City Council were so keen to kill Lennox and indeed why the case was judged in court in such an extraordinary manner with the qualified experts being ignored. A very strange and sorry tale.

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  13. There is a certain part of Northern Irish society who feel the need to draw blood and those persons will create windows of oportunity for themselves,this poor dog was just that ,a window of oportunity.The same group are now mocking the rest of the planet by using social networking sites and also those on the ground in the Belfast Council ,when answering their main phone line to enquiries about this case reply to the public by making animal noises.The BCC and its minions dont need education ,oh no what they need is incarceration!!!!

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  14. If you could have sound you'd hear me cheering you right now Sir! THAT was a TRUE evaluation of Lennox and to coin your own phrase not the "twaddle" BCC's (unprofessional and clearly uneducated) so call "expert" spouted! I've seen scarier kittens! Bless you for making a stand.

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  15. thank you for this qualified evaluation. i have owned laid back pit bulls and vicious little poodles and i can distinguish one from the other. why couldn't they?? i think they were just trying to prove their need for their jobs and budget. i don't think there was anything more than that. i do believe though that Lennox was not PTS yesterday but that he was murdered months ago, as that is the only reason a logical person could could come up with, for the fight they have put up and are just trying to cover their tracks.
    the family couldn't be there for him in his time of need because there IS NO body to mourn or collar to remember because they never saved anything of that poor soul.
    they just wanted to think that people would forget because he was "just a dog"!!

    would they really agree to pay to feed, water, tend to medically and house a "dangerous,undeserving" dog for 2 years?? i think not!!!
    i would really hate to live in these peoples lives.
    how heartless and unenlightened they all are!!!

    well, i know that i for one, "WILL NOT FORGET LENNOX" or this role that they (BCC) have played in this torturous, confused, short lived, little life!!

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    1. well said. I could not have expressed my view, which matches yours, any more eloquently myself.

      We will NOT forget. We will NOT forgive.

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    2. They should be transparently investigated and prosecuted for any and all wrong-doing in this case and all that were involved in any kind of illegal cover-up of the truth, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I will never forget this gentle baby LENNOX.

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    3. Vlinda I completely agree with you. I truly feel that they either put him to sleep along time ago or he died from neglect a long time ago. When was the last time someone from outside saw him alive? There is another possibility...maybe someone else has actually taken him home.

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    4. My thoughts exactly. Either they killed Lennox outright long ago or were still responsible for his death from illness or pining for his family due to their policy of enforced isolation and confinement. Cowards such as the BCC don't deserve to call themselves "human" OR "civilized".

      I will NEVER forget OR forgive for the sake of Lennox, the thousands that suffer like him, and for the fortunate five rescued "pit bull types" free to share my home and heart (three AmStaffs, two Bull Terriers).

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    5. I completely agree with your statements, Vlinda. I have long thought that the only reason the BCC would not allow the family to see their beloved Lennox (and more recently to not even grant the child's wishes to have Lennox' collar as a momento) is because he was either killed long ago or he died of neglect and a broken spirit in their prison.

      WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU DEAR LENNOX AND WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE END OF CANINE RACISM.

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  16. Thanks for sharing and educating people

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  17. Thank you so much for this brilliant post. RIP Lennox.

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  18. Thank You so very much... We can only pray with people like you and everyone around the world to see the negative affect the BSL causes. Their are so many who have lost their lives to the miss labeling of the BSL. Please continue with the fight and God speed to end this continuing discrimination.

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  19. Well done - this say's it all. You are in a position to make judgement and everything said is clear and makes perfect sense!

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  20. Thank you Jim. Your professional opinion confirms my thoughts on this situation and makes it easier to cope with the outcome. Let's hope we get some justice and an end to BSL.

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  21. Thank you for such an informed post and helping to raise awareness x Please come and support us also in the same BSL fight :/ We would really appreciate your support. http://www.facebook.com/groups/377337078999773/

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  22. Thank You and I am sure Lennox is watching down saying Thank you also.

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  23. Thank you!! The world knew the truth..there was nothing aggressive about lennox. He was a dog that wanted affection and just to be loved. I hope we get justice so other dogs dont have to go through the same situation. bcc needs to be stopped

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  24. Wonderful post..Thank you so much..

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  25. Thank you for this post. I am not any sort of behaviorist but rather your run-of-the-mill dog lover. I watched the video earlier today and was once again dumbfounded at the very obvious discrepancies between what I was seeing and what had been reported. I read a post by someone yesterday that said "Sometimes in order to help many animals it takes caring about one". I hope that this travesty of justice can be a catalyst of change to help the BSL cause.

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  26. My question is: was someone in the BCC trying to get back at this family for some reason? Thats the only thing that makes sense to me as you can tell the handler nor behaviourist are concerned for their safety around this dog. I wouldnt be surprised this was an act of someone using their power in a high position to hirt this family for a vengence reason. I think the top minister in Ireland should pull the entire BCC from office and not allow them to run for office.again. Their respose to phone calls was a display of immature behavior not becoming a high ranking city official also which tels me they should be removed from office.
    This has brought a very bad light to Belfast and the country of Ireland as well as all of the UK in my opinion considering te Queen herself wouldnt step in and do something. Im just appalled this would happen in the manner it did with so much proof that Lennox was not a danger nor a pit bull. Ive handled many pit bulldogs and all have been very sweet animals. Im not afraid of them as a breed and no one should be. Be afraid of the people who treat any dog inhumanely for they will treat a human the same. It is people who make mean and vicious dogs not their breed.

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    1. I agree with you, I also agree there was a cover up and Lennox was killed or died of neglect long time ago. I do believe BCC had and has a vendetta against the Barnes' family and an independent investigation of the actions of everyone, BCC, dog warden and the courts, are in order. I am sending a request to that effect to the Queen's press office, the Prime Minister's office and a copy to every major world media outlet. BCC are corrupt and unfit to lead and govern Belfast and need to be removed from their position, including the judges who participated in this sad and sorry charade.

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    2. I so agree that someone in power (perhaps more than one) had "an axe to grind" with the family, and were so hard headed, conceited, stupid and just plain evil that NO ONE was going to tell them what to do. How do the majority of the people of Belfast feel about this situation? They need to consider that next time it could be them..whether over a dog or property or even a human family member..Beware people of Belfast..you and your could be next. The world is watching!

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    3. Are BCC elected authorities? If yes, do not vote on those people EVER again!

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  27. Thank you for taking the gloves off! It is so redeeming to hear these words from a real expert. Such a sad, sad thing they did to that poor dog.

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  28. I wasn't aware of this case before but the end result doesn't surprise me coming from a nation that prides itself on paranoia, blind panic and lurid headlines. From one end of the country to the other I see people in power with neither the sense nor intuition to look at things objectively and logically. I for one am not afraid of dogs, even the so called dangerous dogs and I don't consider myself especially brave. I just know how they think. I would guess they wanted to destroy the dog and stacked the jury to make it happen. Whatever happened to common sense?

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  29. Thank you for your insight. I wish this had surfaced much before Lennox was murdered. What a shame that an innocent dog and his family had to pay such a heavy price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, really.

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  30. Thank you for your real expert evaluation. I think this family have grounds for a lawsuit. I hope they pursue it aggressively. This poor dog didn't have a chance with these obsinate people. Thank you again.

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  31. I'm very glad to read your opinion on this. I just can't wrap my head around breed bans, and especially not around Lennox's case. It seemed to me that he just became an embarassment, and that the BCC was going to order his death even if the Queen herself gave him a pardon.

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  32. I am one of the uncountable anonymous people fighting to bring justice to the Barnes Family in Belfast and their dog, Lennox, recently killed by the Belfast City Council. The story is heart-breaking, and appalling! Here in Brazil, we have shared the story via Facebook and prayed that someone, some place, can do something to ensure justice is done. There are so many unanswered questions in this case – why was Lennox kept away from the family for so long? Why wasn’t the DNA proof that Lennox was NOT a pit-bull or “part” pit-bull allowed in Court? Why did Lennox license (issued by BCC!!!) state that he was a BULLDOG? Pictures show him hurt and with a skin condition, while under the “care” of BCC – isn’t that abuse? There is video in YouTube showing Alexandra Lightfoot, the warden who said under OATH that Lennox was dangerous and unpredictable, SLAPPING the dog, trying to extract an aggressive response from him and failing entirely. There are pictures of Lennox licking her face and being petted/cuddled by her. Would you do that with a dangerous animal? Why didn’t the BCC let Brooke, the young child to whom Lennox belonged, say goodbye to her beloved pet? And why in heaven would BCC refuse to give her back his COLLAR as a memento?? Could Lennox have been killed long ago?
    This story reeks of a cover-up.
    We count on you to bring justice to this family and this poor animal, who did not deserve to die like this.

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    1. I also wonder why theyw ouldnt let the family say goodbye to Lennox or return his remains or collar? Is it because he had been destroyed before they said he was I know alot of people feel that he was and in a way I do hope this is true so that he wasnot permitted to suffer the abuse at the kennels where he was kept for as long as he may of been subjected to it. I know of supposed dangerous dogs who are so soft and soppy tha you just wouldnt think they were a banned or dangerous breed and of course poor lennox was neither of these. I think this whole situation is completely disgusting and that yet again a miscarriage of justice has occurred just beause fo the looks of a dog. If you cant illicit an aggresive responce from repeatedly slapping a dog then there is no way a dog is dangerous I know of more dangeorus YOrkshire terriers and chihuahuas and yet you never hear of one of them being euthanaised for aggression. I hope Just ice can be done for Lennox's family in this case and the others where innocent dogs have been murdered just because of their looks. hell my minaiture poodle is probably more agressive than Lennox was and she doesnt have an aggressive bone in her body either. BSL needs to be stopped now and deed not breed legislation put into place and people trained to know the difference between aggression and affection instead of this stupidity we have int his country at the moment

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  33. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is most intelligently written and confirming of what so many people throughout the world strongly believed.

    Would you be able to write a detailed post about Breed-Specific Legislation, containing information about it and its shortcomings? I think that at such a time as this it would be very helpful to many people. I was shocked last night to read that even Airedales, Labradors, St Bernards and Golden Retrievers are on a Restricted/Banned list in the US. What is the world coming to?!

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  34. Thank you for your expert opinion. It's really sad how many dogs are misunderstood and mistreated. Thanks for helping out Lennox RIP.

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  35. Thank you for your expert, objective evaluation. Your last paragraph is also my belief about the BCC dog "evaluator".

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  36. I have seen more aggressive Labradoodles. Pitiful. Thank you to all who tried and we can only hope this spurs change.

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  37. sure this is a great behaviourist, and as you can see, he sees what even we can see, and we are not behaviourists..this is what happens when an organization uses one of their own..its like the police investigating the police..there should have been a second and third opinion..I am not sure why these jerks had it in so bad for lennox, other than they could not back down on their decision because of stubborness..this is a disgrace and a real tragic tragic loss..I feel sick over this, just sick RIP sweet boy who did nothing at all except love, and Lightfoot, i hope you rot in hell in a shitty old seniors home

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  38. Beautiful post. Thank you. The BCC had no intention of doing the honorable thing. It was a sham and for what purpose?

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  39. When watching that video, all I could think of was that was probably one of the last times they got to see their dog alive. It made me think of a hostage situation . . . because it was.

    The family should sue for a wrongful death because there is tremendous evidence against the BCC. I would certainly contribute to a legal fund to not let this topic lose traction.

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  40. This isn't only a case of cruel and unusual punishment of Lennox the dog but also his family including their poor daughter. If the BCC can get away with this unreasonable unprovoked seizure and destruction of this families personal property to say nothing of a beloved pet, then no citizen of Belfast can be safe in assuming they have a right to their possessions. They could be next. The people responsible for this travesty need to be removed from positions of power and decision making immediately to ensure the rights of all Belfast citizens. They have also angered millions of citizens of the free world and I have to say that you couldn't pay me to travel to that hell hole. They have a reputation for violence and intolerance and they just demonstrated to the World that it's a well deserved one!

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  41. Thank you Jim!! I met you in Fred Kray's Animal Law class at Barry.... I was so impressed with you at the Animal Law Forum, then in your class presentation, but most of all, for giving us the facts and story behind this tragedy! I concur in the hope that Lennox's death was not in vain and that the people will see the wake up call to end BSL!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

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  42. RIGHT ON JIM!!! EXCELLENT article/response to the unnecessary/unjustified/unfair/untimely death of Dear Lennox! Definitely worth the read...and great links, etc. All should take some time to add Jim's expert information to our "arsenal" of informed/educated facts to back up our support of bully breeds/mixes...and other assumed "dangerous" dogs! Please share far and wide!!! Thanks & GOD bless!

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  43. Lennox died from ignorance and prejudice. I don't know how the Council's expert can claim to be a expert on dog behaviour, in fact anyone who can say because Lennox averted his gaze when he made eye contact showed him to untrustworthy and dangerous goes against reason.To also claim Lennox lured him into a false sense of security would be laughable if it wasn't so dangerous. I had a very smart border collie and even he couldn't think like that, no disrepect to Lennox but I doubt he had human cunning. This man is dangerous and should never be allowed near a dog again. He is now calling for all Staffordshire Bull Terriers to be included in this insane law.

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  44. I am by no means a professional but I know the difference between a potentially aggressive dog and one that shows no signs and I did watch the video last night with Lennox and came to the same conclusions that you have. There wasnt an aggressive bone in that dogs body. Its interesting how any evidence that wouldve freed Lennox to at least be re-homed was not allowed in court. Have you heard the latest where the BCC refuses to even allow Brooke to have her dogs collar as something to remember him by?

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  45. Does anyone know why these 51 dog killing nazis had such a hard on for this one poor meek creature? Or was it a hard on for a little girl that had complete trust in her beloved dog? Personally - from some of the posts I have read from certain residence of Belfast seems the nazis are alive and well and living in that city. They all need to get an education because they certainly can not get by on their common sense! I don't understand how the top of the food chain has survived with the lack of compassion that was shown to this family to the extent they are even refusing the return of his f'n collar!!! HORRID PEOPLE THEY ARE! And I thought all the nazis were put to death for their crimes after the war and as they were gathered - seems a number have been missed because their BSL is equal to what hitler was doing!

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    1. No, the actions of the Belfast dog wardens and City Council in enforcing BSL is NOT equal to what Hitler was doing. Hitler killed 6 million Jews (and many other innocent people, Gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics, political prisoners, etc.) and set Europe and North Africa and Russia afire in a devastating war. BSL is an inadequate solution to the problem of dog bites/attacks; and definitely responsible for the needless killings of many innocent dogs. Both are immoral, but not equal on the scale of tragedy. Thankfully, there are no World Wars going on; and we can focus our attention on smaller tragedies, such as that of Lennox and all the dogs like him who have been killed because of their "type".

      Lennox was treated horribly and unjustly; and his family was also put through h*ll. I am not the owner of an American Pit Bull or other 'bull' breeds, but I despise unfairness, and Lennox' story reeks of it. I wish that Mr. Crosby would have been allowed to personally evaluate Lennox. The supposed "expert" who testified that Lennox was so dangerous sounds like, from what I have heard of his reactions and words during the trial, a man who hates and fears Pit Bull "types" (and that word, "type" seems to be the BCC's justification for the seizure of Lennox in the first place - this was not justice!) and is rather emotional and nervous. I really appreciate this article, for the intelligent, rational approach to the evaluation of aggression in various dogs as well as the insight into David Ryan's video'd evaluation of Lennox.

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  46. Thank you Jim for coming forward with this information about Lennox. You have educated me, and I am sure thousands of others, as to the documented evidence of Lennox' behavior that was never made public before. My gloves come off too. Lennox' will not die in vain!

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    1. Editing my post...I am keeping my gloves ON! and fighting for all innocent dogs like Lennox!

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  47. Fabulous. If only YOU were asked to evaluate Lennox. I wish we could evaluate the stubborn, resistent, inhuman behaviour of the judges or magistrates or whoever they are. I want to know WHY to continued for two years down the path they went down. Aren't magistrates like American judges? Shouldn't they have some education? Some ethics, some logic? Shouldn't they be willing and even encouraging multiple assessments, not just hearing one "expert" witness testimony? Isn't Ireland under the Queen's jurisdiction? Why couldn't a higher authority from England have interceded ? I am a US citizen and I am sorry for the citizens of Belfast. If this is how their justice system treats animals, may G*d have mercy on all their human souls. And I promise to NEVER spend a dime of my vacation/tourism money in that country.

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  48. Thank you, Jim. There are so many of us who love Lennox and we appreciate what you have to say.

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  49. These EVIL FUCKERS need to be KILEED right away. Ohhhh, pardon me- HUMANLY EUTHANIZED!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm heartbroken even more ( if that's even possible)after seeing this video of the sweetest, most innocent dog.I truly wish, I'd have been made public before it was too late.

    RUN FREE MY SWEET ANGEL. I'm so deeply sorry for what you and your loving family had to endured from these Satans.

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  50. Thank you for writing such a thoughtful piece Jim. Thank you for showing the real behavioral differences between a dangerous dog and Lennox.

    What was done to Lennox was an injustice. I an only hope that his death motivates people to change laws.

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  51. While the case of Lennox could have been handled better, it seem that there has been very little dialog based on the FACTS of the case.
    People get so emotionally charge that they cannot objectively review facts.

    Here is the analysis from the legal folks of the actual court case: http://www.bailii.org/nie/cases/NICA/2012/19.html

    Besides the dog warden, there were 3 "professional" assessments.
    One represented the Belfast City Council. That one said the dog was unpredictable. We've all heard about that one.

    What people are generally unaware of if Mr. Ryan, the owner's own expert.

    In paragraph 8, Mr. Ryan (the owner's own expert) said this dog could be dangerous to non family members: recorded that when he reached over the dog's head to clip a line to the back of his collar in one movement the dog lunged towards him, growled, barked and snapped. He concluded that if the dog were to be returned to the family he would not be a danger to the public if kept muzzled and confined to a lead when in public and kept confined to an enclosure from which he could not escape when not confined by a lead.

    Ms. Fisher, the third expert, who testified she did not have experience with pit bulls, is the only one who DID NOT think the dog was dangerous.

    Which makes 2 out of 3 professional assessments against the dog. Why Mr Ryan said what he said is for reasons that are not shown in the assessment tape that has been recently released. Did he really have the bad experience he claimed to have with Lennox? Only he knows for sure.

    The owner's themselves knew the dog was dangerous: In paragraph 4: The wardens spoke to a male on the premises who refused to permit the examination of the dog and told he them that if they attempted to measure the dog it would "rip their head off"

    In paragraph 9 the owner admits to that at present the dog was muzzled "to warn people".

    Further, in paragraph 10, the owner admits that the dog is aggressive with strangers and she admitted she used a muzzle on the dog already.

    The only travesty of justice here is that the dog was kept confined in questionable accommodations for 2 years while the owner battled the BCC.

    And I must say, while would have ruled the same way as the court, given the same evidence, I would definitely not have euthanized Lennox if there were a good alternative, which, in this case, there was. Thanks to you Ms. Stilwell.

    I wish folks could get past their emotions and look at the actual facts of the case. Would Lennox have been ok left in the care of his family? Maybe. But maybe not.

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    1. I have been taught never to go over a dogs head to clip on a lead , Lennox knew what poles and being yanked on a chain lead meant only too well , not happy connections,so if that was his only reaction and to only that,out of all the other provocations, , I am not surprised. I have sat on the same level, on a kennel floor, with a nervous GSD.I had her lead in my hand , which in her case,she would connect with a reward , a walk .She came over , sniffed my hair , and gradually relaxed , but I still gently turned her collar so the clip was underneath , nearest me .I never would have reached over her eyes. Once we had achieved that first approach there were no further problems . ( X Boarding kennel proprietor)PDTI.

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    2. The facts also show that Lennox never harmed anyone. Many dogs would bark and growl at strangers who enter their homes, especially those who are attempting to handle them; it does not necessarily follow that they would hurt or kill them; particularly when owned by people who are aware of the dog's protective instincts and take measures to control the dog, as did the Barnes family. There are no records of Lennox appearing to menace anyone until the dog wardens entered his house. As for his growling, barking and lunging at Mr. Ryan when the evaluator reached over Lennox's head to try to leash him; the dog was strong and fast enough to have inflicted considerable damage had he actually been vicious and dangerous. It seems to me that Lennox displayed bite inhibition in a situation where he was scared. Growls and snaps are warnings; and a normal canine reaction when a dog is frightened or protective or both. I am not saying that Lennox was the most laid-back dog I have ever heard of, but I do wonder what several months or over a year in a kennel cared for by people who feared him would have done to my own gentle, loving dog.

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    3. Excellent post. Probably the only non-biased and rational one here.

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  52. Thank you for confirming what many of us knew/felt

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  53. wow This so called assessment is just plain Pathetic..i have been a critical care foster family for over 13 yr for our local & provincial SPCA abused, abandoned, puppy mill seizures etc the list goes on We have cared for well over 500 dogs/puppies in some of the Most horrific deplorable conditions physically & emotionally & socially one could imagine i currently use my mongrel Shelter dogs an 8 yr doberman hound X & 4 yrs herding spaniel terrier X both of which were critical fosters in my home we chose to keep furever to Rehabilitate Feral, terrified, behavioral challenged critically damaged dogs and well according to this womans assessments .. mine Need to be destroyed immediately ,LMFAO joking, my dogs are great but they would fail this assessment as they Are fearful of loud noises, they crouch when being approached by strangers they bark for attention & on the Hunt for prey they chase wildlife they will also bare teeth at a stranger they feel unsure about .. But Never have they been deemed dangerous ..quite the opposite .. our neighbors Love them the kids love them the vet loves them & All dogs & cats love them .. but as i say if they were assessed in this manner they too would be destroyed by this woman idea of dangerous .. just plain sick & sad really the persons responsible for BSL have a Special place in Hell reserved for them right beside child molesters & baby killers

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    1. I agree that they seem to expect an angelic level of tolerence in these dog not expected in most golden retrievers. I'm not sure my well adjusted, people (including strangers) loving, easy going happy go lucky english springer spaniel would tense up and give a little verbal feedback to this rude behavior from a stranger. If we want dogs to not be dogs, to be atomatons without feelings we do need to trade them ALL in for the stuffed or ceramic version.

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  54. Thank you for this excellent, authoritative post. I hope the Belfast City Council's brutal treatment of this poor dog will be thoroughly investigated and widely publicized.

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  55. thank you for this assessment. It is so very well written that even people at BCC could understand it!
    This is an appalling case and I so hope every means available is used by everyone possible to hold those responsible for this nightmare accountable for their actions. Thank you Jim x

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  56. What a great article. I watched the video yesterday and saw a well behaved dog asking for some treats from a stranger. As you say, not aggressive at all. I really don't understand why BCC were so determined to kill Lennox; I don't understand their thought process. They clearly think that this matter is now over, but I think not!! The gloves are indeed off; look out BCC and the UK government!!!!!

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  57. Great blog Jim, have shared - will mail you a copy of the magazine - we've printed your excellent letter to the NI Ireland Secretary in full - which was of course completely ignored. Thank you for all your help. Beverley , Ed Dogs Today

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  58. Can't help thinking, but we have let Lennox down....die an innocent death.
    RIP, boy.......

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  59. Now this is what I call COMPELLING evidence that Lennox was a gentle, loving soul. Thank you for taking the time to write your professional evaluation. This should dispel the beliefs of those naysayers.

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  60. Dear Mr. Crosby, I'm thankful for the great effort you put in to help Lennox. I appreciate the fact you were willing to go through all the frustration about this issue, I believe it must have been , and still is , very hard to bear. It is for me, and I know I'm not the only one. Thank you also for this report you posted . I hope it will open eyes to see the corruption and unfairness within this matter at hand. Too many dogs are still in danger and it's very important to keep this issue in people's minds . Lennox didn't have to die, but the evil people made it happen that way. So may the memory of Lennox be our guiding star in the battle against these outrageously unjust laws and corrupted authorities, fight for the animal rights in general , and also for the rights of the owners of the pets, now so unfairly accused of having a dangerous member in their , our, families. Only judged by the breed and oh ,maybe even more frustrating, the looks of the pet. It cannot continue that way. We have to keep the faith, so many determined people are with us good guys , at least we have to try... and if we don't succeed , we have to keep our heads up high and try again. Thank you.

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  61. I wish Lennox case was the worst miscarriage of justice I've seen in regard to BSL & supposed Pitbull types. Sadly no.
    The sooner something is done, the happier I will be.
    I'm certainly ready to raise my voice with others, when the time comes.

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  62. Thank you for this article and your expertise, Jim. We've all seen Lennox attacking that warden. With his tongue, obviously to evilly lick off her fact. My assumption in that case is that she was paid or forced to lie under oath, probably fearing for her job. I'm curious when BCC will have to make a sacrifice to the (hopefully coming) investigations, and my money would be on that warden to be the pawn to be sacrificed. But seriously: I hope that the BCC will have to pay for this murder. They see themselves as the victims and martyrs in the case of Lennox? What's going on in a mind taking an innocent life in cold blood and then lamenting that the world is upset about it?

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  63. thank you Jim for this wonderful piece, it makes the whole case with Lennox stink even more!!

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  64. Many thanks Jim, this was an excellent read. BCC's reason for their actions was to Make An Example of Lennox And Woe Betide Anyone Else Who Thinks They Can Get Away With Owning a Dog We Don't Like. Imagine if this had been a child wrenched from a loving, stable home and incarcerated in appalling conditions for two years - BCC would be in the High Court answering charges of cruelty before you could say social injustice. A dog warden lied under oath in court and still BCC continued to be complicit in a web of lies and duplicity. BCC's actions were only to show that they have the power of life and death and by God they'll use them, even if they're wrong. The people of Belfast will hopefully do the right thing and add these public servants to the dole queue. Unfortunately I fear that many will end up as advisers in similar cases.

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  65. Thank you Jim. My personal opinion is that Lennox was doomed from the minute BCC took him away. They were never going to let him go regardless of what they were told or knew. I read your post with both a happy and a heart. We will get justice for this little guy. We are not going to give up. Thank you again.

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  66. Aw, Jim, thank you. It's so comforting to know there are people like you and Victoria in this world. People with influence that are willing to fight for the little guys. :)

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  67. Thank you for this. A wrongful death sanctioned by the justice system is still ethically and morally murder and we all need to try and stop this happening again.I have a meeting with my MP soon about animal welfare issues in general and BSL and other animal legislation in particular. I shall make sure he sees what you have said.

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  68. Thank you Jim. Excellent post and makes it even worse to know that poor Lennox was dealt such a terrible injustice. We will fight on regardless for all future dogs and see that Belfast City Council do not get away scott free

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  69. They might as well get someone off the streets to try a murder case if that's how justice is done in Belfast...

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  70. Thank you for sharing this. I so wish Lennox had made it out of there.

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  71. Good talk. Thanks for that. I only wish it had been given before Lennox was put down.

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  72. Brilliant article, just made me cry again at the injustice of it all. So where do we all go from here please? What can we do to get the wicked liars involved in this removed from office and make sure no other family and dog have to go through this? Isn't there a rule that if enough people sign a petition, the subject matter has to be discussed with the public allowed to be present? We need a full and thorough investigation into this, as I firmly believe Lennox has been dead for some time, and there is a huge cover up going on...

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  73. A wonderful post, Jim, and proof of what we all knew - there was nothing wrong with Lennox! Not only are BCC guilty of murdering a lovely dog, they are also guilty of child abuse - will they be punished for that?

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  74. unleash some true vicious dogs in the BCC building,then theyll know what vicious is-and making animal noises over the phone to callers? omg uneducated vile trolls the lot of them,i hope Karma comes soon to each and every one of them!!

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  75. I'm glad aomeo.e is finally speaking up for poor Lennox x x

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  76. I have been watching and supporting the save lennox campaign for a long time. Thank you so much for your post and comments. I to believe Lennox was PTS many months ago, and that is why his body and collar are not being returned to his family. The BSL and the DDA I honestly believe was never intended to be misused like this, so it needs changing so that Lennox's death and many other like him will not be in vain. As for the way BCC are answering calls about this issue, it goes without saying they have no morals, no scruples and a total lack of humanity. RIP darling Lennox, may the wings of angels carry you to the rainbow bridge where you can run and play with all your other friends xxx

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  77. This all goes to show the BCC had a `bone to pick` with the family and used Len as a pawn.he never in all his years showed tendencies to harm.he was raised from a pup with a child.Do you think the mother of that child would fight for him tooth and nail if she thought he at any time had or would harm her daughter?len was used as a carrot & stick to the family who refused to let him go without a fight.THATS what got up BCC`s nose

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  78. Thank you. Well balanced, objective and reasoned.
    If only BSL could be too...
    I've had my fair share of avoid being biten and take evasive action encounters with dogs, I'd have happily rolled round on hte floor with Lennox

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  79. Thank you Jim!

    We know BCC abused their power; but the judges are just as guilty of corruption. They are humanity disgraced.

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  80. My yrokshire terrior was a danger in my house he attacked anything that moved so we didn't take him arounf kids. This case just tastes of corruption. Gross. Go Vegan.

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  81. Your observations confirm that Lennox was a good dog, one who a family such as the Barnes family, must have loved dearly. The BCC caused incalculable pain when they separated this dog from his family and ultimately killed him. The process was a long one and the sustained anguish particularly cruel. Any logical person will ask "Why?". A full investigation to shed transparency on this matter in mandatory. It must be supported from the highest level of government in Northern Ireland.

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  82. Beautifully put, Jim. It is clear that they never had any intention at all of giving Lennox a chance. I cannot describe how angry and hurt I am by this whole thing.

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  83. Thank you for writing this. Lennox never had a chance with these people. This unfortunately had nothing to do with an aggressive dog apparently. Shame on BCC and what they did. We all need to fight to get rid of these BSL laws and protect the dogs out there.

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  84. Heck my 8 yr old Maine Coone Cat is so aggressive she tries to bite anyone who comes in contact with her, i can touch her only and her vet can but i aslo get bit bu her this dog was a angel, poor Lennox never deserved to die. Thank you Jim for your story. I know that Lennox thanks you and everyone else who tried to save his life. I am Irish and I am so disgusted how the BCC or anyone else could harm any animal. I'm from the US and I and thousands of people, Thank you and everyone else again for trying to help this beautiful and wonderful dog. My heart, my thoughts, and my prayers go out to the Barnes family.

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  85. Awesome! Thanks for the education. Enjoyed very much. God bless you Crosby!

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  86. im finding it hard to read any more about this injustice, its upsetting me too much

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  87. Im finding to hard to read about this injustice. its too upsetting.

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  88. Well-said, Mr. Crosby. Thank you. There's something else going on here with the Lennox case, and it should be looked into. My heart goes out to the Barnes family.

    Even as someone untrained but who loves to watch my dogs and my best friend's dogs (as well as dogs at the dog park) interact, I can see that Lennox was relaxed and curious. He was being restrained in that video, yet he was not tense. And that Helo -- what a killer! Kills with licks is more like it! His body language made me smile.

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  89. Thank-you Jim for this highly enlightening, educational article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I just wish with all my heart that there had been a happy ending and justice for Lennox. Shame on BCC!Kate Baseley

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  90. Reading this only confirms what I already suspected. Lennox died through lies , deceipt and, as pointed out by yourself, very unprofessional behaviour.
    I'm glad you have spoked out. I hope the world reads this damning blog of yours

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  91. Thank you for this sensible article.

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  92. This is all all so sad and brings me back to our fight from 1992 to 2009 when we have won the battle against BSL in my country The Netherlands. I know how too fight this war: Politicians, the real experts like Jim, Vets and the people need to come together in one line, now they are all separeted over the internet.

    Jim in this video i see also that when the man looks/turns away this women squeezes Lennox cheek and same time press under his eye socket. They have done this here also in test. This is for trying to get an aggressive response from Lennox towards the men. Unfortunately for her without success Lennox remains calm.

    My expertise with Pitbull's 30 years. Many Pitbull and pitbull like reeducated and replaced with responsible owners. Under 15 years BSL many dogs brought to safety in countries without such legislation.
    In this test, I can clearly see a very stabile well-behaved family dog.

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  93. Thank you for this Mr Crosby. BCC was intent on killing Lennox and many of us fear he was killed long before 11 July - this may explain why nobody was ever able to visit him. We will never learn the truth until an 'insider' has the courage to speak out - whether that's someone from BCC or the kennels in which he was killed. I send the Barnes family all the comfort and best wishes my heart can give.
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  94. I am convinced Lennox died at some point before the end of the Barne's legal battles. The refusal to speak and consider offers of sanctuary by Victoria Stillwell, coupled with their refusal to return him to the family, except in the form of some ashes, speaks volumes.

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  95. Thank you so very much for posting this. It is vital that the BCC corruption be exposed.

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  96. Thank you for that very frank appraisal. I wish the BCC had been both fair and open, but sadly they were not. Lennox & his family had to suffer needlessly because of their ignorance & prejudice. R.I.P. dear Lennox...

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  97. I'm also convinced, that Lennox has been kille long before July 11th. Why don't they give the body of him to Barnes family. Why couldn't they say good bye to him. So many things that don't fit in this case. I'm very sceptic about internet reports, but I read all the posts since I know about Lennox case, I"ve seen the videos. He has NEVER shown any aggression. Poor dog and poor family.
    BCC is disgusting and BSL is BULLSHIT

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  98. Sir,
    I cannot thank you enough for your words and for the truth against the outrageous lie that Lennox was aggressive.
    The questions remains though, in Lennox's honour, how do we go about changing this inadequacy in the law that can allow this to happen? How do we, as dog owners protect ourselves and our canine friends if they are mix breed dogs who happen to look similar to a Pitbull as it is obvious that DNA analysis will not help. At this point it is unrealistic to expect BSL to be overturned but I also hope that it remains as a warning to the US that this could potentially happen with you guys if states continue to ban Pitbulls as has been reported in the press recently.
    It's a sorry state of affairs when we judge a dog not by it's personality and character but by the breed it is.
    Thank you anyway for your words have helped a great deal!
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      Don't ever believe that "it is unrealistic to expect BSL to be overturned" - it CAN be done! But it takes a lot of hard work by a lot of people. The powers that be always have a vested interest in keeping the status quo, but they can be convinced.

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  99. Thank you Jim for sharing this information with us! It is very obvious that Lennox was murdered for other reasons- which I belive need to be exposed. I hope that Lennox didn't die in vain but can educate and make changes in BCC but everywhere. I am glad to know you are in the Jacksonville, FL area and that ACPS works with you so closly to give dogs a fair and professional evaluation.

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  100. Thanks for the informative post. I too saw the video, and although I'm just a pet lover not a behaviorist, I did not see any sighs of aggression in Lennox. On the contrary, I saw a very well behaved, calm animal.
    I truly believe that Lennox passed quite a while back, probably related to abuse while being held captive.

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  101. Thank you...Everyone please keep on this...

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  102. Thanks for shedding some light on this matter, I sincerely hope that this matter can be taken further to punish the people responsible for a miscarriage of justice. I also hope that a prosecution for animal cruelty follows for the appaling manner in which Lennox spent his last 2 years!

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  103. My American Staffordshire could pass this test with flying colors. My sister's Shih Tsu would not.

    The whole thing is just a tragedy. My heart goes out to Lennox's poor family. Shame on the people who put their own pride and fear mongering above the life of what appears to be a sweet family pet.

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  104. A few days ago I learned about Lennox and the crazy law they have in de UK and I have never heard of such a stupid thing as that BSL. How can you blame a breed for the things people do wrong in raising and handling dogs? There are poodles who are far more dangerous than a pitbull... Shame on you, Government of Ireland and the UK and all the people who voted for this crazy law!

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    1. Learn the difference between the UK (whose laws apply in Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland, whose laws do not.

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  105. Thank you, Mr. Crosby, for this detailed assessment. When I watched Lennox evaluation video I noticed the same behaviour you stressed in your eval, even though I'm not a trained behaviourist, but having had many dogs over the years, even fostered strays which never had so much as human contact, I think I have accumulated experience enough to get an overall insight of a dog quite plus having a good sense of common sense.
    Lennox has never shown any signs of aggression, nether in his evaluation vid nor in the vids of the Barnes family. As for the animal handler - Ms. Lighfoot - she clearly lied in court. If she had been so afraid of the 'most dangerous dog' she wouldn't have sat in his presence, nor petted or cuddled him as she did in the video, nor would have come so close with her face to Lennox' muzzle/snout.
    That all leads me to believe that a) Lennox fate was cast in stone from the very beginning and b) he has been probably abused and neglegted so much in the last year, that he probably had already died in the 'care' of the BCC or was in no shape fit to be seen by the Barnes family.
    I'm all for evaluation tests, every owner and his dog (no matter the breed) should pass such tests. Unfortunately, politicians always take the easy road to answer vicious dog attacks, by punishing the breed and not the owners. Here in Germany the dogs with the most bite attacks (Dog - human) per annum are not BSL dogs but Toy Poodles and Yorkshire/Parson/Jack Russel Terriers. But no one shies away from these breeds or wants them destroyed.

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  106. Just wish I could go back years and help save this poor animal, and his family, who have been treated disgustingly by the BCC. Wonder how they and their families would feel to have their pets held hostage & killed for someone's pleasure.....

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  107. I am glad I was not the only one who thought the video of Lennox you are referring to thought he was being teased by the so-called "expert," with the treat! I never once saw any sign of aggression in that video! Personally I think Lennox was killed long before his official DOD presented by the BCC, otherwise why not allow the family to visit Lennox, why not allow the family one last visit with Lennox, why not allow the family to claim Lennox's body, why not allow their young daughter Lennox's collar? Something stinks like an overflowing sewer in Belfast!!!

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  108. I wish you had not kept your opinion considered and low key. This article, especially parts regarding the BCC evaluator's lack of qualification might have helped the people who were desperately trying to save Lennox.
    I am obviously not blaming you: far from that. I am grateful people like you exist, and I am sure you will do your bit to see that murders like this do not happen again, but I still wish you had spoken up earlier.

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  109. This report to me is proof positive by an expert in the breed of Pit Bulls that Lennox was murdered by ignorant and non-qualified people in the pay of BCC.

    BCC couldn't back down and lose face! They have shown no compassion, decency and arrogance of the highest order!

    The devil pays back debts without money! - All of you who condemned Lennox will find on your day of judgement, there will be no-one waiting at the gates of heaven for you!

    I would say "God have mercy on your souls" but I'm pretty sure none of you have one!

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  110. Wonderful article.
    If Belfast City Council thinks it has won or heard the last of Lennox, it could not be more mistaken.
    BCC turned Lennox into a canine martyr.
    BSL might have survived, had this not have happened / had BCC treated Lennox as an exception.
    It will not, now.
    BSL will be overturned, in the names of Lennox and the similarly mistreated.

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    1. Yes, hopefully BSL will be overturned and Ms. Lightfoot fired and prosecuted for what is a blatantly obvious case of perjury.

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  111. I was sad and heartbroken when I heard that Lennox had been put to sleep. I only hope that his life serves as the seed for change.

    In reading this article, it's clear that my little 12 pound white fluffy lap dog exerts way more aggressive behavior than Lennox did. Breed specific legislation is NOT the answer.

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  112. Thank you for telling the real story!!

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  113. PLEASE UNDERSTAND that the whole Lennox fiasco perpetrated by the BCC was NOT about the BSL or him being an aggressive dog, at all. It was an act of Bullying, Intimidation and Punishment directed specifically at the Barnes family. It was a "personal" vendetta and retaliation effort. The BCC Is CORRUPT to the Core and only brought up the whole BSL and Aggressive subject because they Knew the news media and public would buy it without question. They Fabricated (made up) Every Single Claim and MADE their people, like the Animal Warden, LIE on their behalf (despite Glaring Evidence to the contrary), including coercing the Judges to rule in their favor and to disregard and not allow any and all Evidence contrary to the outcome they sought. This whole Lennox debacle was a Complete Fabrication and Lie perpetrated by the BCC and has absolutely NOTHING to do with genuine BSL!! Even the Animal Warden, on her Facebook Page, supports "Deed, Not Breed" and owns a Rottweiler as a pet! BSL is nothing more than a "legal" Weapon for the BCC to use as a means of Bullying, Intimidating and Punishing Belfast citizens who go against them.

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    1. Yes. That's exactly what it was. I have been meaning to find words for what I felt about them, and I doubt if I could have said it better. Thank you.

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    2. With due respect to your extremely specific comparative analysis (no sarcasm here), I would like to point out that tragedies are not small or big. For the little girl who lost Lennox, I doubt if Hitler was a worse person than the Council members. And Hitler did not become what he was in a day. This is just the beginning. If no protests are made, it will not be long before our children are incarcerated because of their IQ or height or looks. Abuse of power is what it is; the scale of destruction comes of not being checked in time.

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  114. Thank You so much Jim for this statement. We in the Lennox Campaign knew, without even meeting him, that he wasn't an aggressive dog. He lived with a child and a loving family. BCC got pissed when this case became public with over 200,000 followers. They struck back at the Barnes family by lying under oath and hiring incompetents to evaluate Lennox. In October when pics of Lennox were released to the public they couldn't back down. The abuse was apparent. As for the family getting to say goodbye or his body returned to the family-couldn't let the evidence of their abuse be seen. I am so disgusted by this whole situation. They, BCC, need to answer for what they have done. It breaks my heart knowing Lennox is no longer with us and his family will never be able to hug him or tell him they never stopped loving him. I have the most amazing Pittie and I used to be scared of them like so many others. I found out that it is so cruel to judge what you don't know. Thank You again. FOREVER LENNOX!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  115. Hello Jim, as a qualified dog trainer i appreciate your post ... no offense, but if I were in your place, I mean if I had the opportunity of being involved in the case, I would have not waited for the death of Lennox to shed light on the matter .... I would have not kept my mouth shut .... cause Lennox, so as thousands of other cases of this kind, was entitled to an opinion as neutral and professional as possible ..... but above all true!! !
    YOU COULD HAVE DONE THE DIFFERENCE!!!!!

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  116. DEED NOT BREED...... Dogs should be assessed by their actions not their "type". Why the hell is BSL allowed? This is no difference to human racism! ALL breeds of dogs have the potential to be dangerous as do cats, horses and also other animals and reptiles we may come in contact with. How could this injustice happen to poor Lennox? He clearly showed no signs of an aggressive or dangerous dog. I've seen aggressive Labradors, Spaniels, JRT's, Border terriers etc etc. My Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been subjected to attacks from many of these breeds but she is still seen as the devil dog by ignorant people! I really hope that lessons are learned from this appalling travesty and heads roll for incompetence by the BCC. Thank you to all those wonderful people who tried their best for Lennox and please continue to fight for the ridiculous Breed Specific Legislation to Stop Now!

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    1. Unfortunately, Staffies and other bull breeds have gained a popularity amongst certain neanderthal elements in society who actively encourage aggressiveness for aggressiveness sake in their dogs. The rest of the population of bull breeds and their owners are stigmatised as a result. If legislation is needed, it should be owner-specific, not breed-specific. Someone who has deliberately trained their dog to be aggressive in normal everyday situations should be banned from owning any dog.

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  117. I saw no aggression in either dogs. Lennox, was not aggressive. He only wanted a treat. I have worked with K9's 30 years. I also own 7 pit bulls. Mine get excited over treats. But, they sit still or lay down until I give them the treat. After eating their treat, they always ask for a second treat, by licking my hand or kisses on my face. I believe BELFAST had put down LENNOX months ago. Thats why they couldn't produce his body. NOW THE WORLD KNOWS BELFAST JUDGES ARE UNFAIR TO IT'S PEOPLE & THEIR FAMILY PETS.

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  118. Reading this makes me feel like I have been punched in the stomach it aches so much at the thought of what Lennox went through. All of the unfairness and torture. What on earth were BCC playing at??? This needs investigating and BCC need to be sued their pants off for what they have put the family through. Also - why is the judge in this case not being asked to account for his actions? It was clearly one wrong to the next wrong from the time that horrid warden walked up to the door of the Barnes 2 + years ago!

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  119. OK. Now we all know killing Lennox was horribly wrong and cruel. I would like to know what they say the reason WHY they killed him. AND I would like to know what we can do to punish these people.

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  120. Gandhi once said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Well, in this regard, Belfast has utterly and completely failed. Shame on them.

    Since I have speech this term, I was going to make my final speech (due next week) about Lennox and BSL. I was hoping to have a good ending, some hope to inject into the speech. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. I'm just hoping that with my speech, some fellow students will take up the cause against BSL.

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  121. I agree with those who suspect that Lennox was killed or died earlier on. If this is the case, the BCC defrauded the courts by pretending he was alive. I don't know if the remains can be tested to see if they correlate to Lennox or characteristics of his breed combination. I would be very interested in your response to Lennox' family's supposed admissions of aggressive tendencies. Thank you very much for this analysis.

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  122. Thank you Jim for sharing this information. I am still crying for Lennox & his family & other dogs who await their execution for absolutely no reason. We must end BSL. We must not back down and demand the truth about Lennox be found. Dogs must be judged by deed not breed. This is the only answer. I so wish you could have helped Lennox but BCC ensured that nothing was fair in this case. This will come back to haunt them though - justice must prevail.

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  123. Thank you for this post. It's an emotional issue for so many of us, and it's great to hear an argument for Lennox put so eloquently by an expert.

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  124. i watched this video when it first appeared on facebook and if you know anything about dogs you can plainly see he was in now way aggressive and if he was so dangerous they would of had him muzzled for a start, he showed nothing but respect for his handler (murderer) and it proves what is so wrong with bcc and there pathetic contradictory assessment, he was not treat fairly in anyway, he didn't stand a chance poor boy R.I.P lennox the world is behind you and will continue to fight in your honour <3 and a massive thankyou for all that are speaking up for dogs in this situation x

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  125. This just wreaks of corruption. Why? We will get to the bottom of this. Lennox's dealth will not be in vain. All the facts are in, yet this happened anyway. Someone had an agenda... or perhaps a vendetta. We will find out the TRUTH. Hold on Belfast City Council - you're about to pay the price for this scandal and for murdering an innocent soul. Shame on you for taking an innocent dog from its family and a sick child. Shame!

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  126. Mr. Crosby,
    I want to thank you for calling out these jokers and showing us how professionals conduct their business. I hope this is a strong seed in ending breed specific legislation.

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  127. Working for a Humane Society, if what I viewed was a full assessment, it was an embarrassment. Just over three minutes? Our assessments run over 30 minutes for dogs that are not considered "dangerous". They are thorough, check for play levels, training, food aggression, high value object interaction, etc. Not only did Lennox not show any aggression in his three minutes, the assessment was far from professional. Embarrassing. Lennox never stood a chance.

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    1. Even if it was a 30 minute assessment, assessments that are carried out when the dog has been taken from its family, put in solitary confinement, deprived of the human contact it has become accustomed to and left to sleep in its own faeces can not be judged to be accurate. Heck, if that had happened to me, I'd a heck of a lot more dangerous.

      Breed-specific legislation is nothing more than nanny-state nonsense with precious little basis in reality. For instance, the UK's list of banned breeds doesn't include any of the Ovcharkas, who are as powerful as they are physically enormous, have a naturally highly protective tendency and are generally very wary of strangers. However, they are not popular with the petty criminal element who train their dogs to be aggressive for the sake of it, so they are spared being branded as a "dangerous breed".

      If legislation is indeed the solution, then we need "owner-specific legislation", not breed-specific.

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  128. I don't think all the facts of the death of Lennox will ever be uncovered,all the lies and secrets for 2 yrs.With hardly any information being leaked out to the public and very few pictures.Were it was clear the dog was not getting proper medical attn.Why was that? so they could say he died of natural causes.Then to turn around and tell the family they would 'MAIL SOME OF THE ASHES TO THEM'Plus deny them Lennox's collar.To many unanswered questions that won't ever be answered,especially now that the world is watching.They are going to have to keep lips zipped up,but one thing I have been curious about,has to be some low level vet tech (or not a tech).That has a low wage income job that knows something,I've always heard $$$ talks.well that's JMO. Time Will Tell

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  129. I don't know that my dogs would pass this test as well as any of these dogs have. Zen has his "bunctious" moods where he becomes a challenge to handle. Its not that he wants to be "bad" or "mean" so much as he sometimes plays rough. That said, my boy will sit gently for hours waiting for a treat. He's also fantastic with our baby yak. I can see him fighting his own flight-response when he watches her. He KNOWS he's supposed to be good.

    Many kudos to you for your support of Lennox (and other dogs) and your honest appraisal. I hope to never be in such a horrific situation, but if I were, I'd trust you for the appraisal.

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  130. Very well done Jim. And thank you for your support of Lennox and getting this out for ALL to read and view! I hope many will follow your example and get the proper training that is required. For the future of all dogs, rescue groups, etc., I hope this will finally play a huge part in the end of Breed Specific Legislation. Thank you again for taking the gloves off!

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  131. I do believe it's time to start challenging these people who believe themselves to be breed experts and are given such control over the lives of dogs to games of guess the breeds and see how they actually DO stack up. I knew could put them to shame at the age of 13, it would be really interesting to see just how good they are. We all know that people in animal control have limited training/experience with dogs, much less limited knowledge much of the time...this fact really needs to change for the sake of all dogs.

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  132. Glad you posted this Jim. The subjective comments on the behaviour of Lennox in a Court by a former police officer were astonishing to me as a 35 year career LEO. Even more astonishing that the Court accepted this without some sort of corroboration.

    For example, I read a comment by the BCC expert who said something to the effect that Lennox almost took his hand off one time trying to put him into a cage. Now, I've worked with police trainers in the Hong Kong police and know that if any of them thought a dog was as unpredictable and dangerous as he assessed, he wouldn't be so lax in handling the dog. But that side, it spoke volumes that there was no medical evidence presented to back this claim up.

    Whole thing was a travesty and the BCC's final comment that they had been 'vindicated' points to what was really going on in the end. Instead of accepting they may have made a mistake or there may be other solutions, they had to be seen to 'be right' rather than be seen to 'do right'.

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  133. I love this article. It shows a lot of the flaws in the process. Jim, you rock!

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  134. this angers me who are other people to judge and take away family... i think it hurts most because i have animals in my family, they protect us become our best friends and this is what other people do in payment. i'd like to ask these people what did he do to deserve this? i would like to see what they would think if they or they're animal was treated like this. we dont have to play judge jury and executioner. im sorry just how i feel. Thank you for posting and making others more aware of things that are going out. I have been trying to post as much as i can on my facebook about his issue, in hopes that if someone else see's this going on that there will be more people to step in. thank you so much.

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  135. Your evaluation says exactly what we all knew: Lennox was a good dog, well socialized and well trained who didn't deserve to die. When I watched the tape I saw good dog with NO aggression, and I have seen more than a few aggressive dogs. The BCC wanted Lennox dead out of arrogance- they couldn't allow themselves to admit they were wrong for seizing him. They also think 'he's just a dog' and we'll forget. They're wrong on both counts. The truth will come out....

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  136. I am 1/4 Irish born and raised in the US. I always dreamed of going to Ireland but now I wouldn't spend a nickel there. We do idiotic and cruel stuff here too (look up Oreos law) but this case is pretty unique in the way they threw out the facst and just went forward with killing the dog as though it were a dare, as though the most important thing to them was not backing down. Idiots and they will never get a tourist penny from me.

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    1. If you are 1/4 Irish born (who in the US isn't?), surely you know that the island of Ireland is divided into two jurisdictions? If not, then perhaps we could do without your nickels here in the Republic of Ireland, the part where these BSL laws don't apply.

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  137. I would like to know more about the family telling the officers that he was an aggressive dog when they came to pick him up. I also wonder if the time the man tried to reach over his head to clip the leash on him was when they were taking him from the home? If so, the fear and stress of the family would "go right down the leash" or the dog would sense the family was upset because of these strangers. Please, can anyone explain this? I too wonder exactly when he was killed. The date on the one video was 2011 something, but could not see the month. So he was alive then if the time stamp was not altered. Also, an animal communicator said that he was beaten to make him mean..punched, kicked, etc. Wonder if there is any proof of this. Lots of questions..will we ever get answers???

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  138. The brush that paints a dog as aggressive is too broad, there should be some distinction between a dog that kills a child and one that chases the chickens around the yard.It's sad to say, but in today's society both dogs would be likely be put down.

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  139. Could I ask anyone tempted to make uninformed comments about Ireland in the context of this discussion to please reference this map before doing so?

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  140. Belfast City Council where intent on causing upset to The Barnes family, simply for standing up for what they believed in. They had no idea the world would stand by them. Belfast City Council have damaged their people. They should face trial and face the same torture they have inflicted upon the innocent. THEY ARE GUILTY WITHOUT DOUBT. Glad you are speaking out too. GOD BLESS YOU.

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  141. This is the most appalling case of Animal injustice i have everknown in the u.k by people we should trust
    Our society has let this dog down
    He wasnt even a Pit bull! had no pitbull in him.
    We need the TRUTH this whole situation STINKS of corruption
    I have a good idea this dog was put down long ago. Please we need an Independent Investigation in to what REALLY happened to Lennox
    So many unanswered questions
    Why destroy a dog that had no history of aggression
    Why couldnt the owners see him one last time
    Why couldnt the daughter have his collar after he was put to sleep.
    What was the condition of Lennox when he was put to sleep
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    Mrs Marie Parsons
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  142. The only things to do now are to boycott Belfast and work to end the political careers of everyone on the BCC.

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  143. I am so sorry that Lennox was killed but do hope that this serves to get the law changed.Sadly I think this will still be a huge task.BCC must be investigated fully for how they handled this case and must answer all the questions put to them about not allowing evidence,their treatment of Lennox and the incredibly calous way the family have been treated since.BSL and the DDA must at least be reviewed and hopefully replaced by legislation placing the onus on dog owners not the dogs themselves.

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  144. Such a sad case that need not have happened.BCC must be investigated for their role in this as they have so many questions that still need answering.It's clear the warden involved has lied,the judges not allowing expert testimony beggars belief,BCC 'expert' turns out to be unqualified,Lennox was clearly suffering in care and yet no action was taken.The treatment of the Barnes family during and after this case is almost beyond credibility,not allowed to visit Lennox,not told directly of his death,not allowed to retrieve his body intact or even allowed his collar.This alone must merit a dismissal for gross misconduct.There are suggestions that he was killed earlier and that he was in poor physical shape or worse.BCC seem to not care and feel that they are immune to all the protests,which I hope they are not.

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  145. Thank you for your very informed comments in this sad case. The question still remains what the motivation behind these disgusting action by the BCC officials was. One can only hope that there will be a full and unbiased investigation into this case and Lennox's death was not in vain. Many more innocent dogs in similar predicaments are waiting to be saved.

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  146. Mr. Crosby, thank you for an informative assessment of poor Lennox. The video doesn't show an aggressive dog. However, the court summary is very interesting reading. I thought that DNA testing was done on Lennox and he was not a pit bull but courts discounted that evidence. I think it was a personal vendetta against the Barnes family. Dog owners in Belfast better take notice, your dog could be next. You are the ones who must fight to change the law in your country. Belfast has a tarnished rep in the world and they could have improved it by sending Lennox to sanctuary abroad but chose the low road and murdered him instead. I tend to believe that he died a while back from the abuse of his tormenters. RIP Lennox, poor innocent boy.

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  147. Video breaks my heart,payback,I want payback to these despicable people. In my heart Lennox for ever.

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  148. In the beginning, during, and in the end, this amounted to EGO, no one was going to tell them, show them that they were wrong. It is not only heartbraking, but outrageous that once again, humans are at fault for the death of another beautiful creature of God. Thank yous to everyone, who worked on Lennox behalf, to everyone who wrote. But now we must put that anger to work, this anger must not be allowed to fester, but used to motivate us to right a wrong. Let there be a movement to make change, not just for Belfast but for the world, Belfast is the beginning.

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  149. May the Lord have mercy on Belfast City council. I know I would not. They say power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Why are these people still in office??

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  150. This is a great post - thank you Jim.

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  151. Many a heart has been broken over this poor dog and my thoughts are quite simple. Lennox was the victim of corruption throughout Belfast City Council and the court system. Just how they were permitted to kill an innocent dog is beyond comprehension.

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  152. Dear Mr. Crosby--

    In the case of Shadow, an Alaskan Malamute imprisoned for 15 months for a bite she did not do, the local court ordered the court reporter, who has a very small dog training business on the side and is supposedly a "dog behavior expert," to do the official aggression analysis on Shadow.

    In the court reporter/behavior expert's "report" to the judge she wrote:

    But a dog behavior expert hired by the Central Okanagan dog control thinks Shadow’s friendly ways are a con. Dana Eklund’s assessment was submitted as potential evidence in Shadow’s trial:

    “At times, she (Shadow) would lure our attentions. Meaning, she would raise her head and wag her tail attempting to get us to relax and let our guards down to examine our weaknesses."

    http://www.chbcnews.ca/Pages/Story.aspx?id=6442686202

    Yes, seriously, she wrote that.

    Given your experience do you think dogs have the ability to con a human being into letting one's guard down?

    I don't know where the dog behavior degrees are given but whoever gave the title to this boob is still washing the egg off.

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    1. First off, the statement that a dog is "conning yo to find you weakness" is sheer nonsense. I have never seen a single behavioral scientist try and claim that a dog is somehow plotting to "take over" or fool a person into some sort of sneaky bite. The ABCs of Behavioral Analysis (Antecedent, Behavior, Consequences)have no room for sneaky plotting. That is utter trash. I am concerned about the allegations against Shadow and would welcome the opportunity to look over the case. If you have a direct contact with Shadow's family please have them contact me ASAP wither by email or telephone.

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    2. Actually, sir, Shadow's owners and several thousands of supporters succeeded in having all charges against Shadow dropped and the dog released from custody this past Friday evening. She spent 14+ months in a small concrete cage in a Canadian dog pound but at least she's out now. If you're interested in the case, their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ShadowVsRdco You'll find a lot of case history there.

      I am no expert in dog behavior but even I know that dogs lack the intellectual capacity required to "lure," "con" or otherwise trick a human. When I read this quote I was literally dumbfounded. Thanks for reassuring me that I really hadn't lost my mind, and this "expert" is full of it!

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  154. God bless you Jim. I loved to talk on the phone the other day on my two pit bulls and this excellent professional evaluation is greatly appreciated.. Heating and Cooling Toronto

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