We the undersigned
are demanding that Alexandra Lightfoot be removed from her post as Dog Warden with the Belfast City Council. Alexandra Lightfoot lied under oath in a court of law and played a major role in the destruction of Lennox a 7 year old American Bull dog Labrador cross.
Lennox had been misidentified as a pit bull type.
Dog Warden Lightfoot committed perjury by telling the Court that Lennox was a danger to the public and that she was afraid of him. Photographic evidence however shows Ms Lightfoot cuddling Lennox and showing no fear at all towards him. She must be held accountable for her actions and removed from her post as Dog Warden immediately.
Lennox's family did more than what was required by the Law and acted as responsible dog owners. Lennox was neutered, licensed, insured, and DNA registered, Pet Safe registered and micro chipped prior to his removal from his loving family. Belfast City Council had issued a dog licence for Lennox for the last five years with no hesitation in doing so at the time.
Over 200,000 supporters of Lennox throughout the world will be watching to see your actions. Please for once and for all do the honest and decent thing!
This petition closed almost 4 years ago
Lennox is dead. The black “pit bull type” canine became an internet sensation as authorities in Belfast prepared to execute him under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1992, which outlaws such animals....
Lennox is dead. The black “pit bull type” canine became an internet sensation as authorities in Belfast prepared to execute him under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1992, which outlaws such animals. Lennox was euthanized early Wednesday July 11th 2012 despite worldwide appeals from celebrities, including Americans who offered to find a new home for him in the U.S. The Barnes family were not allowed to visit Lennox before his death, or to be present for it; they learned first from a radio interviewer that the council order had been carried out. They haven’t been given their pet’s body, either; they have instead been told by city council that his ashes will be mailed to them.
The council has handled the whole affair very poorly.
The mistrust that the BCC has accumulated will be long lasting.
Lennox was born long after the laws against pit bulls were passed, and was the subject of three legal appeals, including one by the Court of Appeal for Northern Ireland, the UK exclave’s highest. More than two full years lapsed between the seizure of Lennox and his death.
The longstanding questions about the subjectivity and humanity of legislation banning particular breeds of dog are being renewed by Lennox’s case. Lennox was judged to be a pit bull after a brief physical inspection with a tape measure. A DNA test apparently indicated that Lennox is a mix of American bulldog and Labrador retriever, but the standard under the law is physical confirmation, not genetics. Lennox’s owner, Caroline Barnes, had complied with all of the city’s licensing and health laws.
There were never any complaints from neighbours about Lennox, and there is no evidence to suggest he ever bit anyone.
RIP dear Lennox ...we will fight on in your name to end the horror which is BSL.