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04-Jul-12, 10:39
Thought I'd just post the official statement released by Lennox's owners for those you who do not follow it on FB.

Official Statement From Lennox's Family:

We apologise for the silence as we know our many friends and supporters around the world have been desperate for news but until we had further talks with our legal team we had nothing new to share. We needed to explore all possible options before we issued another statement as we did not wish to give those that have campaigned so tirelessly any false hope or for anything to be taken out of context as has happened in the past.

Whilst there may well be errors in the Judge’s ruling from a point of law this has little bearing on whether we can or should progress by taking the case to a higher court. The ruling is based on the Judge’s decision that he deems Lennox to be unsafe despite evidence given by those qualified to assess and understand dog behaviour that contradicts the testimony of the Prosecution that was presented in court. This has given us little room for manoeuvre.

Our concern and priority has always been the welfare of our beloved boy. We have fought to have Len returned to our family from the moment he was seized but we have been advised that the legal fight is at an end. We are obviously distraught but have to consider the impact that any future lengthy legal battle would have on Len if we chose to go against the advice that we have been given. We cannot subject him to any more as there are no grounds for a further appeal and we do not wish to prolong his suffering any longer by engaging in a battle that we simply cannot win.

We have attempted to write this statement many, many times but have struggled to put in writing that the fight to spare Lennox’s life may well be over. It has been almost impossible for us to accept that we have to admit defeat. We always believed that there was some hope and that justice would prevail. We were wrong. There have been many dark days for us since Len was taken and we want you all to know that it is your support and kindness that kept us going through the blackest times.

This is all we can share with you at the moment and we are finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that there is nothing more that we can do from a legal point of view and that Lennox may well be killed. We have one last hope that Belfast City Council will allow Lennox to be rehomed in the USA. The offer is there but we have no say in whether this offer will be accepted. We have never refused to rehome Lennox. That decision was taken out of our hands from the moment Len took his final walk with us from our house to the Dog Wardens van.
If the offer is turned down we will fight for our right to say goodbye. We cannot bear the thought that Lennox will die without being reminded of the hearts and hands that love him.

Thank you.

04-Jul-12, 17:24
The fight for the life of Lennox is still ongoing. Victoria Stilwell is flying to Dublin and on to Belfast to speak to Craig and Caroline...so there is still hope.. albeit small.


05-Jul-12, 10:24
I'll be most suprised if BCC agree to Lennox being rehomed outside of the country, no matter who it is doing the offering.
Imagine the negative criticism they'll get if after 2 years of torture for the family, 2 years of BCC insisting that Lennox is a dangerous dog, 2 years of insisting he should be PTS and all the costs involved with this lengthy court case and then they turn round and say "OK, we're happy to pass what we see as a dangerous dog into the hands of another country" contradicting everything they've said over the past 2 years. I just don't think it will happen. BCC and the courts have been aware of the offer by VS and CM to rehome Lennox for ages now and they have not accepted it so far. Maybe there's a chance that a personal meeting with BCC and either of them could turn the table but I have always believed that for BCC this case has been about saving face and not about doing what is right!
I can see the headlines now 'BCC dumps dangerous dog on US soil' - yes, we all know that Lennox is about as dangerous as a Butterfly but we all know what the press are like. Would they go for the nice, happy ending headlines or the headlines that will really cause a stink? And that is what the BCC will consider - the publicity. I'm thinking they'll prefer to go for the negative publicity that sees them upholding their so called 'belief' and court verdict as opposed to negative publicity that makes the past 2 years seem like BCC are a complete farce who wasted taxpayers money on what appears to have evolved into a grudge.

My fingers are crossed for Lennox. I just hope that whatever his fate, it is quick and gets him out of that hell hole asap. and for what it's worth I would be taking the same stance as the Barnes right now - the prospect of 2 more years of futile fighting is not in Lennox's best interests.

08-Jul-12, 20:45
This whole thing has been so very very sad. And it makes me so mad.

for what it's worth I would be taking the same stance as the Barnes right now - the prospect of 2 more years of futile fighting is not in Lennox's best interests.

Totally agree.