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A tale of two pit bulls

The unconscionable Belfast City Council created a Sophie’s Choice moment for Mrs. Chambers and her two dogs.

Below is my letter and the article about the situation… and I just found out this…

it was the same dog warden for Roxy and Hooch as it was for Lennox, surprise surprise, NOT…

http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-chat/2050-devastating-effects-cruel-law.html

Stephen Philpott, chief executive of the USPCA (Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), said: “I hate to say it but we told you so. Nobody would listen to what we were saying in court and now two dogs have suffered.

“We said these dogs possessed the unpredictable gene and what happened at the weekend has proved our point.

“Mrs Chambers is a complete innocent who deserves everyone’s sympathy. She didn’t realise what she had in her house and now she’s unfortunately found out the hard way.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/court-battle-dog-put-down-after-attack-13377230.html#ixzz21ku2v8xV

“If they are saying the dogs are pit bulls, what are they doing – letting me keep one and killing the other?

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they are currently redoing their website, but here is info:

email,  enquiries@uspca.co.uk and info@uspca.co.uk

here is the twitter account…

Dear Mr. Philpott aka pompous ass,

It is one thing for a person to be blind. But to pat yourself on the back for your own willful blindness, demonizing and discriminating policies against dogs and humans, which CREATED the “unpredictable dog” so that YOU could be right about how wrong you are is the height of hubris.

Gotta hand it to you. Gonna submit your statement to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, for the MOST dishonest statement EVER uttered by a horse’s rear. If YOU are an example of someone with the predictable gene, how do YOU sleep at night and what do you tell your children? Oh whoopee, killed another innocent dog and ruined another human life today worshipping at the altar of my hubris?

IN THE REAL WORLD, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNPREDICTABLE GENE.

 

Myth: Pit bulls are unpredictable; they can turn on anyone, even their owner, at any time.

FACT: Pit bulls are no more or less unpredictable than any other type of dog. Often, a person who claims that a dog is “unpredictable” simply doesn’t understand dog behavior

Unpredictability myth

Pit Bulls are generally very stable, happy dogs that love people. They are dogs. The only dogs that generally are unpredictable are dogs (of all breeds) that have a medical condition or have serious genetic-based behavior problems. Any dog, of any breed, that displays unpredictable behavior should be seen by a vet and a behaviorist to get to the root cause of the problem.

In the case of Mrs. Chambers dogs, the BCC is the root cause of the dogs problem. What is next, rounding up innocent children who are unpredictable, or how about all those rowdy unpredictable seniors or teenagers???

Mrs. Chambers was given a Sophie’s Choice moment, why? The BCC created the situation and the problem. The dog was fine until the BCC got your hands on her.  Catch 22 has got nothing on you.

 

Make NO mistake the world is watching Belfast City Council, USPCA and Belfast, Ireland because of the apparent obstinate stupidity that runs rampant in your city officials. You have had ample opportunities to LEARN from world renowned dog experts but have refused preferring to remain close-minded no matter the consequences.

You are cowards and bullies who prefer to kill and demonize and discriminate against dogs because you lack the moral fortitude and courage to hold human beings accountable. You prefer expediency over knowledge. Rather than learn from your mistakes, you just keep on killing, pretending you care about the public and are doing so in the name of public safety. What a load of hooey.

We will NOT forget Lennox and we will NOT forget Roxy and all of the other innocent blood on your hands.

And one day YOU will be prosecuted for the crimes YOU have committed, your cold, cruel, heartless inhumane  actions against both canines and humans.

Count me disgusted, along with your other 200,000+ fans aka Lennox Army.

these are not the two dogs of Mrs. Chambers but were like this before the BCC separated them.

A Pit bull: the secret to Mona Lisa’s smile… HAH…

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Ending BSL 4 Lennox

Last week, I had an idea to create a replica stuffed animal dog that looked like Lennox  for Brooke after receiving a press release about a contest from a stuffed toy company who are having a contest. After dealing with their inept PR / Marketing firm who did not understand what I was asking, I officially gave up on them and looked around for another company.

I found one and I also found the Ride for Lennox below. It would be great to also do a ride or event on the west coast, what do you think ???  The cost of creating a replica stuffed dog to send to Brooke is approximately $850 for the cost and shipping. Let me know if you would be interested in participating in creating an event on the west coast similar to the drive on the east coast.

The replica of Lennox would be sent to Brooke as a keepsake along with other mementoes, letters and cards. And the ride would do fundraising for several pit bull rescues (perhaps Bad Rap, Our Pack, and Villalobos or smaller ones?) and raise awareness about BSL. Thanks for your input.

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So many unanswered questions (bring tissues, made me cry again)

Victoria Stilwell assessment of Lennox court case…the judge had a choice, how the legal system failed Lennox

http://positively.com/2011/10/09/how-the-legal-system-failed-lennox/

her Op-Ed piece in the Belfast Telegraph, the morning of Lennox untimely demise

Her Update on Lennox:  The family have told me that Belfast City Council will still not answer the family’s calls and have consistently ignored their request to have Lennox’s collar returned to them, nor have they returned ‘Lennox’s ashes.’ There are many rumors circulating that Lennox died in a certain kennel location months before the BCC announced that he was euthanised and that the kennel panicked and were told by the BCC to get rid of everything Lennox related. These are still just rumors and should not be taken for hard fact until the truth is revealed. The family are ‘heartbroken’. The media hype around this case might have died down but I can assure you everything will be done to ensure that one day the truth is known. Please share this with everyone you know to keep Lennox’s name alive and to ensure that future dogs and their people do not have to suffer because of ignorance.

Jim Crosby interview re: Ending BSL and Lennox

http://celiasue.com/2012/07/17/pit-bulls-are-good-dogs/

Email tony@cultureshop.org.uk …he’s a journalist who works to uncover corruption and who encourages whistleblowers to come forward and will work, discreetly, on information they give him

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“As is always the case with a huge news story, people from around the globe seeking to cash in on the media frenzy about Lennox have come out of the woodwork. Individuals seeking their “15 minutes of fame” are constantly coming forward, claiming to have “inside information”, or just wanting to associate their own name with Lennox, in order to gain more celebrity status for themselves. It is a heartbreaking fact that major media outlets waited until the 11th hour before finally deciding to cover Lennox’s story. Where were they over the past 26 months, when they truly could have made a difference?

“Rumors are running rampant throughout social media about Lennox. There are claims from alleged kennel workers who have reported that Lennox had suffered a broken leg, broken teeth, was sick and malnourished. Pictures had already surfaced of him with massive hair loss, which could have been caused by the stress of being torn from the only home he had ever known, and forced to live in isolation and away from his family. Another report came out that Lennox had been found dead in his kennel months ago, and a coverup took place by the BCC, since they did not want to admit their neglect had led to his death. Three separate kennels have been named as being the “secret kennels” where Lennox had been housed, and they have claimed to have received alleged threats of violence because of it.

“None of these allegations about Lennox’s condition on the day he was murdered or the about his death months ago have been confirmed or substantiated. No actual verifiable kennel worker has had the courage to come forward, say who they are and what connection they had with Lennox, and given provable testimony about what happened to him or when/how he actually died. Until someone finally does that, the truth about the last days of Lennox’s life may never be known.

“It has been reported that information has been requested under the United Kingdom’s Freedom of Information Act, seeking to get to the real truth about this entire nightmare.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-unanswered-questions-about-lennox

 

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Lame reply to one of many emails I sent

 

 

Thank you for your recent email regarding Lennox.  I appreciate your sense of loss and understand your desire to contact us and a range of other agencies here in Northern Ireland to reverse the decision to destroy Lennox.

However, the NI Courts and Tribunals Service had no role in the decision and has no authority to intervene in such cases.

The NI Courts and Tribunals Service, as a Government department, is only responsible for providing administrative support to the courts in Northern Ireland.  The judiciary and the prosecuting authorities operate entirely independently from all Government departments and as a consequence we cannot consider complaints in respect of judicial decisions or the reasons underpinning them.   Similarly we have no authority to investigate complaints regarding prosecutorial decisions or evidence, including allegations such as perjury.

I am sorry that I am unable to personally address your correspondence but I am sure you will appreciate that we have been inundated with queries and emails regarding this case. I hope that this response helps to clarify the status of the Northern Ireland Courts & Tribunals Service in relation to this case.

Eddie Finn

Customer Services Team

Northern Ireland Courts & Tribunals Service

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What do you think?

http://willmydoghateme.com/animal-welfare/the-dog-the-butcher-and-the-big-picture

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The ride is being dedicated to Lennox and the Barnes family, the people who loved and fought to save his life. After a two year battle, Lennox was killed last week by the Belfast, Ireland council simply because he looked like a “pit bull.” We are having a stuffed Lennox made, and along each stop on the route, he will be handed off to the next group of riders, along with any notes of condolence and support to the Barnes family. After the ride, both the stuffed Lennox and all the cards and letters will be sent to the Barnes family to show that although we are separated by thousands of miles, we stand united with them in their fight, and we all mourn.


You don’t need to be part of an animal welfare organization to take part in the ride…you only need to have a desire to see BSL come to an end so that no dog and no family ever face the heartbreak and anguish of breed specific legislation again.
SOAR is organizing the troops for a vote on the Ontario pit bull ban in September, and using the bike rally as a fundraiser for their efforts to end BSL there. However, those taking parts in the states can simply use the ride to bring awareness to the fight against BSL, and to promote rescue and responsible dog ownership.

The ride is taking place from August 29 to September 2, 2012. It starts in Miami, FL and goes up the east coast finishing in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.blessthebullys.com/bikers-bullies-without-boarders.html

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Pit bulls are good dogs

Jim Crosby interview on Dr. Sue radio show discussing Lennox and BSL

Notes

cannot tell ashes by dna test, so bcc could send family any old ashes and say it was Lennox

Jim Crosby would have done a much more extensive assessment evaluation of Lennox which he explained

What to do about BSL

Go talk to your local legislators face to face is best

They figure that if one constituent talks to them in person that equals, l = 1,000

Tell them that Bsl does not work, is not fair

Propose alternative stategies that address behaviors, give them an alternative to BSL.

New bill in Wales focuses on Behavior Not Breed

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2012-07-17/dangerous-dogs-bill-amongst-planned-new-welsh-laws/

Should be quantifiable behavior across all breeds with levels of danger and punishment/solutions for each depending on what the danger is

for dog bite incidents

get a warning, get a fine, have to get training, meet some standards, if you don’t do, you go to jail

Jim is going to be teaching folks in the UK about dogs, to work with them, train them how to react, what to look for

There is no one in the UK with Jim’s experience with aggressive and truly dangerous dogs

Humans have responsibilities and should go to jail, and be held accountable… need to look at what did the dog do and why and don’t just say the dog did it or blame breeds

we did racial profiling (we still do in some states, Arizona) with humans, oh that guy looks like a criminal, put him in jail, now kill him…

teach the kids too

educate people and kids on how to treat a dog

If a dog is abused affects a dog’s behavior, starts with the owner

Animal abuse is a known precursor to people abuse

Authorities have to take animal cruelty more seriously

Assess the threat… Dachsunds lead the pack in dog bites, number one …

Lennox is the straw that broke our backs, so many people from so many countries, came together to support Lennoxes cause, we have a responsibility to Lennox to keep this ball rolling

Instead of bsl, there are dogs we have to protect people from, big dogs or little ones

We need to focus on educating legislators around world based on observable and quantifiable behavior not on looks

Racial profiling, we should be learning that we can only control behavior not breeds

Human behavior, human responsibility. place the burden on good and bad human behavior

It is inhumane to punish people or dogs based on looks… has to be based on behavior

Enough is enough

If someone shows up at your door without a warrant, don’t just let them take your dog away, make them take it thru the legal process… defend your dog, resources in uk, dda watch,be courteous but don’t let them take your dog without a warrant…

Make them follow their own rules

Don’t sign papers, if you sign the papers, you are giving them permission to kill your dog, death warrant, don’t sign your rights away

Follow the rules, but make the authorities follow the rules too

Free legal aid in UK

Make sure the attorney understands this dog is part of your family

Question the qualifications of their experts… if they’re using experts

Does the expert meet the criteria?

Don’t give up

Due process

Just because someone complains about your dog does not mean that all is lost

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ask-sue/2012/07/16/ask-sue-show-joined-by-jim-crosby-regarding-bsl-laws-etc

Lennox court document, final

http://www.courtsni.gov.uk/en-GB/Judicial%20Decisions/PublishedByYear/Documents/2012/[2012]%20NICA%2019/j_j_GIR8515Final.htm

other bloggers opinions

http://www.kirbythedorkie.com/home/2012/7/17/kirby-could-be-lennox.html

http://www.kirbythedorkie.com/home/2012/7/16/lennox-poster-dog-for-bsl.html

http://www.thedogfiles.com/2012/07/16/aim-anger-lennoxs-murder-matters/

danger of dogs and pit bull attacks

With a US population of 311,591,917 (July 2011) and that year’s 15 dog attack fatalities, your chances of dying in a dog attack (from all breeds combined) is 1 in 20,772,794….almost 21 MILLION! One in over *30 MILLION* from a Pit-Bull or Pit-Mix.

STATISTICALLY in the UNITED STATES, GUESS WHAT BREED TOPPED THE LIST FOR BITES THAT CAUSED SERIOUS INJURIES TO PEOPLE? – Hospital statistics prove it was HUMANS. New York City alone has more people hospitalized with human bites per year than bites by every breed of dog combined in the whole world.
(Humans need to be banned, too.)

How serious is that pit bull threat again???

https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-w-rosa/pit-bull-attacks-you-may-as-well-plan-to-retire-on-lottery-winnings/467491906604123

a story of a police officer and a “vicious” dog (happy ending)

http://modifiedk9.blogspot.com/2012/05/police-respond-to-vicious-dog-in.html

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Lennox: a rebuttal

Note:  Please STOP the Karen bashing… I did not write this to gang up on her but to state facts as I saw them and make corrections.  ENOUGH… there are many more important and URGENT issues/dogs lives at stake… for instance, the dog in Canada and UK who will be killed in 24 hours and more… we have to STOP BSL NOW.  Thank you.

http://celiasue.com/2012/07/24/lennox-redux-in-canadauk/

 

 

 
Lennoxgate… outcry for investigation of BCC

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-k-smith/lennox-the-dog-dead_b_1693590.html

pls share, everyone tweet the prime minister @number10gov and ask him to investigate the BCC re: Lennox,  be persistent… be factual and professional

if Dispatches receives 1,500 emails or more about Lennox they will look into it .. so here’s the email address dispatches@channel4.co.uk

Rebuttal to Karen Friesecke of DoggieStylish’s blog post about Lennox …plus some new info that has come to light about this case, a copy of the court document, interviews and more…

here is the link to Karen’s blog post…

http://www.doggiestylish.com/blog/2012/07/facts-about-the-lennox-case-that-nobody-wants-to-talk-about/#more-10625

First, a rebuttal from Maggie Corchnoy who works as a paralegal in the USA

This is a very biased assessment, masquerading as an objective look at the case. As a paralegal, it is part of my job to read through the briefs submitted by our opponents – this is, in essence, the brief for the BCC. She takes the information she wants to bring forward and ignores that which does not support her case. Look, for instance, at the fact that she accepts Tallack’s status as “expert”. In an American court, it is doubtful that Tallack, lacking sufficient background to prove his expertise, would have been qualified to testify as an expert at all, and would certainly not have been permitted to testify in regards to Lennox’s behavior. In his report he acknowledges that he was not asked to assess Lennox’s temperament or behavior, nevertheless he qratuitiously offers his opinion & does so in a very unprofessional way.

The fact that the trial judge gave more weight to an unqualified person’s opinion than to the assessments of two behaviorists with credentials to back up their opinions would have weighed heavily against the judge with an appellate court in the US – it is highly likely that the decision would have been overturned for abuse of judicial discretion. You cannot substitute, willy-nilly, an unqualified opinion for the opinions of qualified experts.

She takes Alexandra Lightfoot’s testimony at face value, despite what has been brought forward outside of the courtroom that raises grave doubts as to the veracity of her testimony. Lightfoot’s behavior in the videos we’ve seen has consistently shown a person who is quite comfortable with this dog whom she testified under oath that she is afraid of. Her posture is relaxed and she frequently looks like she’s not even paying attention to him. This does not square with her testimony in the least, and certainly raises the possibility of perjury. Her behavior towards the family and online also raises questions as to the character of the woman.

Her discussion of the possibility of an exemption is remarkably off-base, as she ignores the behavioral experts’ assessments that Lennox is a safe dog, while the language she uses makes it sound as if they concur that he could not be safely released. “The judges and people who had ACTUAL CONTACT with Lennox could not be satisfied that he would NOT be a threat to public safety”. Both Fisher and Ryan concluded that Lennox was safe and recommended that he be released back to his family. This is a very old tactic – by avoiding mentioning which “people who had actual contact with Lennox” she makes it sound as if it were the united opinion of all concerned that he was dangerous – while completely ignoring the behavioral experts’ findings and recommendations.

She engages in cherry-picking throughout this opinion piece – and make no mistake about it, this is not an unbiased review of the facts, it is one-sided and anything but an assessment of all the facts in evidence. By starting as she does – presenting posts which easily allow her to tar Lennox’s supporters as emotionally-overwrought and credulous, she makes it easy to dismiss us. Note that she does not present a single post in which facts of the case are discussed, but only those that bolster the image she wants to project. Where, for instance, are there any quotes in the introduction from the website? There isn’t a person who deals in litigation that doesn’t know cherry-picking when we see it. Those are some of the easiest opponents to rebuke in a reply brief because we can take the time to go through & point out each & every little bit of misdirection and half-truth. It’s harder to do in a context like this, unfortunately.

One more note on how she cherry-picks & uses misdirection in an attempt to destroy the credibility of those who have supported the Barnes family & Lennox. Read what she wrote about Victoria Stilwell: “The Victoria Stilwell “noise.” Victoria Stilwell NEVER had contact with the dog and has ZERO education credentials from any recognized institutions as a dog behaviorist. She’s barely a dog trainer. I refuse to take dog training/behavior advice from someone who didn’t own a dog until recently and wrote the book Fat Dog Slim: How to Have a Healthy, Happy Pet”.

Barely a dog trainer? The woman founded a dog-training business, has studied with a number of behavioral experts, has won awards and accolades for her training methods and her personal experience as a trainer. She mentions one of her books, but leaves out the other: It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet. Note how leaving out the first book – a dog-training book – demeans her. Victoria Stilwell has never claimed to have had contact with Lennox. She was asked to assess the evaluation videos & reports of the behaviorists & did so, turning in to the court what amounts to an amicus brief. Her celebrity status has been helpful in bringing attention to the case, which she readily acknowledges, but does not render her opinions any less noteworthy. In fact, I’d venture to suggest, going back to my original post, that while Peter Tallack would most likely not make the grade as a qualified expert, Ms. Stilwell would. So we see bias at work once again – more skillfully applied than some of the other proponents of the BCC have managed, but bias nonetheless.

In addition, regarding the court document…

The decision itself was poorly-written and not supported by the weight of the evidence.

when I’m writing legal documents. I would sink with embarrassment if I turned in a work product as bad as that decision!

Now my rebuttal to Karen...

First, notice that Karen starts off using a quote by Stephen Hawking to bolster her “opinion” as if her opinion is the TRUTH and implies that whatever anyone else’s opinion is or the facts themselves are not true. Tricky way to start off. Anyone who starts off by saying something like that, implying that they and they alone hold the truth and everyone else is ignorant, is flawed from the get go. I trust that Karen has NOT been as intimately involved in this case, has not read the court docs, done a ton of research nor read many different articles, listened to radio and TV interviews, watched videos, all from a variety of sources, as I have done. I could be wrong about that. To me, overall, her piece is a knee jerk reaction. Sorry, Karen.

This clearly is a very volatile issue with lots of people speaking and various opinions on all sides. I am all for people speaking their minds, expressing their opinions and appreciate when people back up their statements with facts. I am as biased as anyone else.  My position is I agree to disagree with everyone. And we can still discuss this rationally, if not objectively. When emotions run high, it takes a lot to bite one’s tongue. And I have been known to run off at the mouth, rant and rave and get on my soap box. But I do not masquerade my opinions and try to pass them off as facts. Stick to the facts, ma’am is usually the best way to go. All of us human beings are flawed and biased. Although I am a reporter/editor, I do not subscribe to and was not taught in J school the myth that journalists are objective. Although we may attempt to present a fair and balanced view, our opinions DO color the facts.

For instance, in my last term of college, I did an independent study of a controversial topic of my choice, abortion. My assignment was to research many different newspapers and to see how the topic was presented. Was there bias or objective journalism going on? I found out through many hours of reading newspapers from many different states that overall, at the time, in the early 80’s, for the most part, whenever pro-choice folks were quoted, they were presented as educated college folks and the article appeared on the front page or first page. However, when the pro life crowd were quoted, the article was on a last page and they were shown to be religious fanatics and nut cases. Perhaps this was coincidence but I think not.

I went to college and studied journalism, became a reporter and have worked as a reporter and editor since the 1980’s, my credentials, by the way.

Moving on.

Peter Tallack, the BCC “expert” is a police dog handler who was paid to testify for the BCC so he was NOT an impartial adviser. He had/has a biased agenda, an ax to grind. Do you believe celebrities or others who are paid spokespeople for a product or your best friend or neighbor who has NO financial stake ???

According to the provisions of the Dangerous Dog Act, Tallack does not have the necessary credentials to be an “expert.” He does not have a college degree.  He also offers opinions that he was not asked for including saying that Ms. Barnes shouldn’t own a dog because of her disability.

Personally, I condemn violence and threats. Victoria Stilwell, who many around the world hold in HIGH esteem due to her professionalism and qualifications as a dog trainer, a person who knows and understands dog behavior and who has worked with ALL types of dogs including aggressive dogs and pit bulls is definitely a credible person. No one paid her to talk about this. No one paid her to take Lennox to America. All you have to do is watch her work  on It’s Me or the Dog and read her books to know that she has integrity and is willing to speak the truth even when she probably should not. She has said that she has received threats by BCC employees and was even sued by Peter Tallack or at least he tried to sue her but he did not actually have a valid case against her.

Her words:

“I do not approve of threats and intimidation being done to anyone on either side and would appeal to those who conduct themselves in such a way to stop – you are not helping matters. But also be aware that those of us who have supported Lennox and the family themselves have also received threats, some from the very people that BCC employ.”

As a government witness for the Belfast City Council, Tallack tried to extort money from Victoria Stilwell.  Peter Tallack was paid by the BCC to condemn Lennox. He also attempted to extort money from The North Country Gazette apparently, threatening to sue and seek an injunction to attempt to stop the news publication from writing about him.

According to Victoria Stilwell’s Facebook page, Tallack tried to extort money from her.

the BCC’s ‘expert’ did try to sue me for speaking out against him and questioning his credentials, and yes, he did expect money from me to settle the dispute. He was not successful because all I did was speak the truth.”


Apparently, a formal complaint against Tallack has been lodged with law enforcement officials.  Read more here:

http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2012/07/14/tallack_shakedown/

Karen dismisses the above as rumors. Clearly, they are not rumors.

BCC has a reputation for bullying folks. And now have a campaign against everyone and anyone who is speaking out against what they did to Lennox.  Dogs Today Magazine’s advertisers have been targeted and the company was threatened with calls to the police. For what? For speaking up for Lennox. Gee, all these rumors.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151036125059642&id=22448504641

Karen also mentioned Cesar Millan as if he somehow had more qualifications than Sarah Fisher and Victoria Stilwell. He is a man and also a dog trainer. Does that make him more qualified? He also offered to rehome Lennox behind the scenes. He did not say publicly (as far as I know) if he was able to discuss options with the BCC or not). However, his methods of dog training have been condemned by some as being too dominating, even abusive (kicking dogs, pushing them down, etc).

Stilwell is a dog trainer and behaviorist and works with pit bull type dogs all of the time. Many dogs she works with are aggressive, fearful, full of anxiety. I have seen her work with people and their dogs including pit bulls on TV numerous times. Her credentials are years of experience working with all kinds of dogs, some who have actually bitten people. Lennox NEVER bit anyone, was muzzled in public and was a family pet. Victoria arranged for Lennox to be rehomed in the USA in a sanctuary (she does not say which one but presumably Best Friends where the former Vick dogs live. I can say this as having worked there and knowing that this is something that they would do).

Even if Lennox was a dangerous dog there would have been NO danger to the public as Victoria had the transportation all arranged and the people at the sanctuary have years of working with difficult even so-called dangerous dogs and know how to do so safely.

Lennox had offers of sanctuary from some of the best-known dog advocates in the world, Cesar Millan, Victoria Stilwell, Jeff Coltenback, who has a pit bull rescue in New Jersey and has 20 years experience rescuing dogs and working with dogs including pit bulls. Lennox would NOT have been in a public setting and therefore he would not have been a threat to society as Tallack, Lightfoot and the BCC claimed.  Victoria and Jeff never received a reply from the BCC although they both made many phone calls and sent numerous requests.

Employees of the BCC received a memo issued in December, 2010 by an official of the BCC’s Health and Environmental Services Department which told members of the BCC not to discuss the Lennox case at any council meetings.

For the most part, the media in the United Kingdom also did not print articles about Lennox for the two years before Lennox’s death.

Government officials in Northern Ireland and the BCC knew of the situation as they received many many requests for clemency, phone calls and emails and obviously did nothing to stop the execution of an innocent dog.

With the exception of First Minister Peter Robinson who publicly said he did not agree with the court decision to kill Lennox, no government official has publicly addressed the worldwide outcry to save Lennox and requests for mercy from even the Italian government who also offered to rehome Lennox. There also has been no response to requests for an investigation into the BCC.

James Crosby, an expert witness in the US in several State Courts and one Federal District Court on dog aggression, canine behavior, dog assessment and dog attacks has 30 years experience working with truly dangerous dogs, 30  who have actually killed people. His comments:

“Whenever I evaluate an allegedly truly dangerous dog, I wear protective gear (kevlar gloves, etc.). If Lennox was so bad, where was the AC Officer’s protective gear? I used to make my AC Officers wear gloves at least when catching strays….Jim Crosby

for the rest of his comments, read his post (link below) and listen to his interviews (see below)

http://networkedblogs.com/zNR4K

“Even though the dog wardens claimed Lennox was dangerous, they never muzzled the dog in any of photographs and videos for assessment and evaluation”.  More unanswered questions and evidence at the link below.

http://celiasue.com/2012/07/13/justice-for-lennox/

If the BCC have nothing to hide, then why wouldn’t they let anyone, including the family, see Lennox before and after his death? why did they not allow the Barnes family a last visit (which they certainly had the authority to do). Once he was dead, Sarah Fisher stated that she offered to take the dead body to the family so that they could bury him but the BCC refused. WHY? What possible danger would he have been to anyone once he was dead? Why have they refused to send the family his body and/or his collar as a keepsake for the young girl??? And why have they refused to COMMUNICATE with anyone in the public responsibly???

another opinion

http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981474680

Lightfoot’s promotion to Animal Welfare Officer

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/328631

Perjury of Lightfoot

Lets not forget this dog warden shown in the pictures above gave evidence in court under oath stating that Lennox is aggressive, uncontrollable and she is afraid of him. The pictures raise the obvious questions, does this dog warden look at all afraid of Lennox? Does this dog warden look to be afraid of being in the same vicinity as Lennox? Does this dog warden look like she cannot control Lennox? Does Lennox show any signs of aggression toward this dog warden? Everyone can see that Lennox is willing to please and show love toward this warden and for this same warden to stand in court and claim under oath that she is afraid of Lennox is a disgrace to the dog warden service, the Belfast City Council for employing such an untrustworthy person and to the warden herself. The warden can clearly be seen in the picture placing her face up close to Lennox’s face which is not something a normal person would do if they claim they are afraid of a certain dog or claim it is aggressive and they cannot enter the same vicinity as such dog.
http://savelennox.com/2011/09/09/an-act-of-perjury-by-belfast-city-council-dog-wardens/

The BCC has either ignored phone calls or on the morning of Lennox’s death, they made rude animal noises to people calling and asking if the dog was still alive and hung up on them. And they even lied to at least one person’s face. A woman who was truly concerned and wanting to find out about the fate of the dog called the BCC for info. Two hours AFTER the BCC had released their statement (the woman did not know about this until later), the BCC assured this woman that Lennox was still alive.

What truly disturbs me is the horrible condition Lennox was in when Sarah Fisher met with him. He had NOT been in such terrible shape before when Lennox was with his family. Hair loss, sores on his body,a hurt neck and damaged paw. Were they taking proper care of him as they stated (see below)?

http://savelennox.com/2011/10/11/statement-on-lennox-by-sarah-fisher/

Here are court documents from the case

http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/news/lennoxcourtstatement.pdf

Some notes/excerpts about the court document…

In several instances they call Alexandra/Sandie Lightfoot… by the names Ms. Whitefoot and Ms. Lightwood…  if they cannot get the names correct, what else is incorrect in this court document? (I used to be a legal secretary and typos are not allowed never mind incorrect names)…at least in the USA this docment would not be acceptable… and inadmissible and certainly not considered a professional court doc.

The dog had a problem with stress and Ms. Barnes admitted that he was bad with strangers but had never bit anyone. She never let the dog near strangers, adults and children. She was willing to comply with muzzling, had insurance. The dog was registered as an American bulldog/Labrador on his license.  (see photocopy below).

Tallack was supposed to measure the dog, that is it. He had no expertise regarding dog behavior. But he said that the dog had a severe personality defect. He is not a dog psych nor a vet. He criticized Sarah Fisher’s methods. He thought that a dog biting a lead/leash as Lennox had was a bad sign (poppycock) and decided that Lennox was an accident waiting to happen… a mature dog fixed in its ways. (The former Vick dogs refute this nonsense completely)…

Sarah Fisher has not had experience with pit bull type dogs in the UK but HAS had experience with these dogs in the USA where they are NOT illegal. Fisher’s assessment started with Lennox being in a van. He was distressed and wanted to stay with Ms. Whitefoot who he clearly had a good relationship with. She clarified her methods, she used a clicker to see if that would upset the dog, introduced and withheld food/treats and tested the dog’s reactions to see if Lennox would react aggressively and he did not. She dropped the lead a couple of times, people walked by and Lennox did NOT attack anyone.

She mentioned his health issues and recommended that he visit a vet surgeon. She said that if the dog was in pain that could make him difficult to handle.  (Was any of this ever addressed by the BCC?)

Fisher then discussed David Ryan’s assessment… the court doc calls him Ramsey instead of Ryan a few times. (again, if they cannot get the names correct in a court document, this is indicative of other errors)…

Ryan noted that the dog could be muzzled and kept in the home of Ms. Barnes. Being in a kennel would be too traumatic for Lennox. More so than other dogs, he said. (Was this ever addressed by the BCC?)

Fisher noted that Lennox could have bit Ryan but did not do so. She concluded that Lennox was a well behaved dog.

There are opinions taken as facts by the court… I was impressed by the evidence of the dog warden… that is the dog’s warden’s opinions were considered facts. It seems according to the court/Judge that the opinions of the dog wardens and paid expert were viable but the real dog experts reports were dismissed.

it goes on talking about the factual evidence of Mr. Tallack which was NOT backed up by any factual evidence, we would call it hearsay.

Mr. Ryan recommended that Lennox go home with the Barnes family.

But then the court says that all of the experts said that Lennox was dangerous. Clearly, this is contradictory and NOT true. Fisher and Ryan said that Lennox should GO HOME.

Then it talks about public safety.

And how the court could not justify allowing Lennox to be in public and be safe according to the experts testimonies. (again ONLY the BCC’s testimony and opinion of the dog warden and Tallack were considered).

and the Judge dismisses the appeal.

Why was the same judge allowed to sit on the bench for appeal? He should have recused himself.

The court decisions in the Lennox case were all  based upon opinions of the BCC.  The decision whether or not he was “dangerous” was not based on facts—it was totally personal and subjective NOT objective.

Both the trial court and appellate court ignored the most important assessment reports from highly qualified dog trainers and behaviorists. David Ryan is listed on the UK’s Registry of Expert Witnesses, certificated as a clinical animal behaviorist by the Association for the Study of Animal Behavior, recognized by both the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Psychological Society and is a highly qualified, independent and impartial expert.

But the court instead took the word of  Tallack, a paid witness not an impartial outsider, someone who is known to have a strong dislike of pit bulls, and a person unqualified to give expert testimony.

The government’s response to a Freedom of Information request submitted to the BCC in November 2010 by a family member seeking “the actual conditions in which Lennox is being kept and a full description of the care that the dog is receiving, i.e. human contact, daylight, exercise, stimulation, feeding”, clearly debunks the government’s claim that Lennox was erratic and unsafe and that the staff was scared of him.

JV Corkey, Environmental Health Manager, wrote “Lennox is currently housed in a DARD approved kenneling facility. His pen is cleaned out on a daily basis.  He is fit and health and receives daily exercise.  He has a lot of interaction with the staff of the facility, has plenty of toys, has blankets for bedding and his pen is adequately heated.  He was recently examined by a vet who said that he appeared to be well cared for and settled.”

The First Minister of Northern Ireland saw no reason why Lennox could not be rehomed. Since I do not know how their system works, I don’t know who had the authority to allow Lennox to be rehomed to the USA. But I do know that exceptions and exemptions are allowed in the USA and could have been found IF the government officials wanted to do so.  We were told that the Queen could have offered clemency and that other officials including the BCC officials could have given Lennox a second chance, to be rehomed in the USA, despite their insistence that their hands were tied and that they had to abide by the court’s decision.

The BCC fought for their right to destroy the dog no matter what. They seemed determined to destroy him. For whatever reasons, I do not know. But from all of the work that I personally did learning about the system, talking to people in the UK and Northern Ireland, the BCC could have allowed Lennox to be rehomed IF THEY HAD WANTED TO DO SO.

Interview with BCC “expert”, Victoria Stilwell, Sarah Fisher and James Crosby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dCrHbQMhj4

James Crosby on BSL

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ask-sue/2012/07/16/ask-sue-show-joined-by-jim-crosby-regarding-bsl-laws-etc

Karen’s call to mobilize the Lennox army???  I laud her being against BSL and for calling for people to take care of pit bulls in the USA. That is all good and fine. She is also calling for Sarah Fisher to release her tape and David Ryan to release his assessment. Um, there are already photos from Sarah Fisher’s assessment as well as a video of Ryan’s assessment with Lightfoot.
Karen, is this your comment or someone who commented on your blog?
“You really do have to laugh at people who claim to be a “journalist” and unbiased and just reporting the facts. Anybody with a computer, internet access and a dictionary can lay claim to the title Journalist in this day and age. But most seem to be lacking that one important quaility; integrity……..Or, in other words, BEGONE TROLL, YOU HAVE NO POWER HERE!”

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Justice for Lennox

Lennox was taken from the Barnes family home in Belfast by dog wardens two years ago after city council officials identified him as a pit bull-type dog, which is illegal in Northern Ireland. Lennox was an American bulldog Labrador mix not a pit bull. A 28-day deadline for legal appeals expired at midnight on July 10, 2012. The dog, who never hurt anyone, never bit anyone, was a family pet, was executed for looking like a pit bull after being taken from his family two years ago. The dog’s heartbroken owner, Caroline Barnes and her teenage daughter Brooke were denied the chance to say a final farewell. They were not even told that the dog was dead by the Belfast City Council who were determined to kill the dog, despite numerous other viable options to rehome the dog in the USA and italy. Now they will not return the body nor his collar to the family.  

 

pls share, everyone tweet the prime minister @number10gov and ask him to investigate the BCC re: Lennox, suggestion came from Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York… I kid you not… she said be persistent… be factual and professional

MUST READ… Victoria Stilwell was threatened by the BCC and sued  (he failed since she spoke the truth)

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/328493

New radio show with Victoria Stilwell, Sarah Fisher, James Crosby and Peter Tallack

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dCrHbQMhj4&feature=share

BCC assessment of Lennox

Dog experts assessment of Lennox

http://savelennox.com/2011/10/11/statement-on-lennox-by-sarah-fisher/

The test starts with Lennox on leash, held by a female Animal Control person, with both the Animal Control person and David Ryan (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.

…At no time did Lennox show even the most remote aggressive response to this stranger, Mr. Ryan.

Crosby goes on to compare evaluations of two other dogs…

…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.

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.

http://networkedblogs.com/zNR4K

Lennox, on a leash, being tested for temperament. The leash is held by a woman alleged to be Sandie Lightfoot, the dog warden responsible for the chain of events that led to Lennox’s murder. The man in the video is reportedly David Ryan, a dog behavior expert hired by the family to do an assessment of Lennox without any prejudice. Ryan was one of two dog behavior experts who examined Lennox, and who both testified to the court that the dog showed no sign of aggression.

In the video, the dog is relaxed and friendly. He sits on command, and waits for a treat. Several times, he attempts to lick both people in a visibly friendly and playful manner.

The video is dated March 15, 2011. This is long after both Lightfoot and the Belfast City Council had alleged that Lennox was aggressive towards people. The video shows no signs of aggression. Moreover, Lightfoot, who by this time certainly had interacted with Lennox several times, shows no nervousness at being around the dog, at all.

http://www.examiner.com/article/leaked-video-contradicts-belfast-assertion-that-lennox-was-dangerous

Questions

We are taking comfort in the fact that Lennox is no longer in the hands of those who caused him pain… the barnes family

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson turned to social media in a doomed, last-minute attempt at intervention. ”

As a dog lover I am very unhappy with the outcome of this case,” he tweeted. “Spoke to Lord Mayor about Lennox. Suggested BCC (Belfast City Council) should seriously look at re-homing option. Why exercise the order if there’s an alternative?”

Victoria Stilwell

“I want to know why Belfast City council won’t give Lennox’s body back to the family and why they won’t even return his collar to Brooke even though they were asked to do so by the family so that she could have something to remember him by. There is something corrupt going on and an independent review of the council’s actions in this case needs to be done. I want answers. Why not return the body? Was Lennox even still alive and what physical condition was he in at the time of his death? We already have evidence of his poor physical state during Sarah Fisher’s behavioral evaluation of him last year. Hair loss, sores on his body,a hurt neck and damaged paw. The council have many questions they need to answer because I think they have something to hide.”

” I am so disgusted and want everyone to know how low Belfast City Council have stooped. The Barnes family heard about the death of their beloved dog through me because I had been told by a source at BBC Radio Ulster. After what the council put the family through they didn’t even have the decency to inform the family first before everyone else know. Someone involved in this mess needs to lose their job. If this is the way they represent their citizens then Belfast beware. Belfast City Council should hang their heads for the shameful and insensitive way they have handled this. Heartless doesn’t even begin to describe the people surrounding this case. Appalling and I can assure you, this will NEVER be forgotten!”

Pleas from the US and UK as well as Australia, Sweden, Italy, Finland, and Belgium.

An Italian minister even offered Lennox a home and asked for clemency. 200,000 signatures signed a petition supporting a reprieve…

Investigate the Belfast City Council

Sack and Bring Lightfoot to Justice for Perjury… please sign and share petition

http://www.causes.com/causes/644857-let-s-turn-facebook-orange-for-animal-cruelty-awareness/actions/1666390#  

I am asking for an investigation of the Belfast City Council regarding the handling of the Lennox the dog case. There are too many questions left unanswered. Too many actions that are questionable. Lennox had offers of sanctuary from some of the best-known dog advocates in the world. Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell went to Ireland trying in vain to meet with the Belfast City Council (BCC) or anyone with authority who would listen. She generously offered to pay all costs to re-home him in the United States and to take full responsibility for him for the rest of his life. The BCC refused to communicate with her, as they had refused dialogue with so many others before. They were allegedly, breathtakingly heartless and cruel to Lennox, and his family, and to good people throughout the world who tried to engage them positively. Their callousness climaxed in their refusal to grant the Barnes family the chance to say goodbye, or collect Lennox’s body and give him a proper burial.  The BCC has shown a complete lack of  human decency in their dealings with the public and the Barnes family. The BCC employees have stonewalled the public, made animal sounds on the phone the day Lennox was killed, hung up on people concerned about Lennox, threatened dog experts and tried to sue them for speaking the truth.

We are left with more questions than answers. Why couldn’t unbiased behaviorists assess the dog? Why wouldn’t they let anyone, including the family, see the dog — up to and after his death? Were they abusing him? Had their lack of care led to his failing health or premature death? Had they violated the law and killed him before the appeal period was up? These were the only things that made sense in the face of a wall of silence and a bolted door. We have just begun to make our voices heard and we will win.

We are NOT going away any time soon. The more that the BCC shuts us out, the more we will demand answers and an investigation into the BCC.

1. Newly surfaced videos and assessment evaluations show a sweet loving Lennox made March 15, 2011 long after testimony to the contrary had been sworn to in court. We already have evidence of his poor physical state during Sarah Fisher’s behavioral evaluation of him last year. Hair loss, sores on his body,a hurt neck and damaged paw.

http://savelennox.com/2011/10/11/statement-on-lennox-by-sarah-fisher/

http://networkedblogs.com/zNR4K

2. Perjury pertains to #1. and testimony of non expert witness Alexandre Lightfoot.

3. Pertains to #1 and #2. Why wasn’t the expert testimony of behavioral dog specialists used.

4. Why was the same judge allowed to sit on the bench for appeal. He should have recused himself. He was obviously biased.

5. Where was common sense and “…Justice tempered by mercy…”.

6. Why wasn’t the family allowed to visit during this two year period

7. Why weren’t they allowed one last visit?

8. Why couldn’t they have the body; Lennox could no longer pose a threat to the public. He was dead.

9. Why wasn’t his collar given to Brooke.

10. It has been hinted at by noteworthy officials and well renowned individuals that this was a vindictive campaign against Caroline Barnes because she dared speak out against BSL laws.

These are just a few questions and observations we have. There are many more. The actions of the Belfast City Council are irredeemable in the World’s eyes. The BCC has cast a shadow on your city that can only fall on your shoulders. A thorough investigation is required  in the eyes of the world. This will NOT blow over before you know it. We demand Justice for Lennox.

Dogs Today Magazine

Breed Specific Legislation is legal prejudice and deserves no place on the statute books of a civilised nation. We’d not agree to racial profiling to label all foreigners with certain physical qualities as terrorists or accept a law that measures a person’s biceps to decide if they’re likely to be violent in the future. Looks in this case can kill and it’s the innocent that are dying. Let’s fight on together to get rid of pointless laws that don’t protect the public and result in dogs like Lennox being posted home in the mail to a family who fought so hard to save their best friend. RIP Lennox, we’ll never forget you and why you died.

Media

Victoria Stillwell smacks down BCC

Victoria debates BCC representative on the radio

Victoria Stillwell appeared on “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell

Victoria Stillwell appeared on “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell

Minister Peter Robinson calls Lennox death folly

BCC had numerous other options to rehome Lennox which they refused

Lennox was killed

Lennox was not humanely put to sleep

Video evidence

Refutes BCC claims that Lennox was dangerous

Lennox put to death

Lennox was killed for crimes he did NOT commit

Investigate Belfast City Council

World outrage at Lennox death

Blog posts about Lennox

Many articles, photos and links about Lennox

Proud history of the Pit Bull

Brilliant video by Kenn Bell, features Hector, a lovable former M. Vick dog

Jim Crosby’s pro evaluation of Lennox assessment

Highly recommend this evaluation from Blogger Jim Crosby on the so called “evaluation” of Lennox

Sarah Fisher’s assessment of Lennox

In Oct. 2011, Sarah Fisher met with Lennox and made an assessment. She found him to not be aggressive and suffering from a hurt neck, paw and skin condition.

Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe stood up for Lennox

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0714/1224320029467.html#.UADXeGoGTwU.twitter

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Animals in Belfast

 

 http://celiasue.com/2012/07/13/justice-for-lennox/

10 reasons to NEVER visit Northern Ireland/Belfast

1. Barbaric uncivilized place where the Belfast City Council have been allowed to rule and murder and torture children’s pets… what’s next? rounding up children and killing them for looking like children???

Make NO mistake Lennox was MURDERED, not put to sleep or any other euphemisms as this piece so brilliantly points out…

http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/belfast-city-council-one-final-lie-about-lennox/

and YES, the world knows that the BCC murdered Lennox… Jane Velez-Mendez on CNN…

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/07/11/lennox-dog-killed-n-ireland

2. RIP LENNOX

Lennox / BCC assessment video, pls share, he was NOT aggressive, he wanted a cookie/treat, these indecent cretins need to be investigated asap… now they will NOT even give Brooke his collar for a keepsake… something fishy/stinky in Belfast… and they also did not have the decency to tell the family this morning… Victoria Stilwell did…

3. Heartless, cruel laws against canines and humanity … BSL is BS…

http://greenheritagenews.com/belfast-authorities-murder-lennox-allegedly-for-public-safety/

4. RIP LENNOX

5. Belfast City Council where they KILL dogs to cover up the evidence of their own cruelty, spread lies and are making animal sounds when people call on the phone this morning after they MURDERED Lennox, acting like what they did was funny, a big joke… may they REAP what they SOW 100 fold

http://www.examiner.com/article/belfast-city-council-making-animal-sounds-when-people-call?cid=db_articles

6. RIP LENNOX

7. BCC thought they would solve their “problem” by killing the evidence, we’ve only JUST BEGUN to let the world know what they did and show the world WHO THEY ARE… DANGEROUS ANIMALS

http://positively.com/2012/07/11/victoria-debates-bcc-representative-on-the-radio/

8. RIP LENNOX

9. We will NEVER FORGET that they had OPTIONS/CHOICES and CHOSE MURDER 

and FRAUD… apparently, some in Belfast have a long history of abusing disabled people

http://www.justbelfast.com/

10. RIP LENNOX

http://celiasue.com/2012/07/11/for-brooke-justice-for-lennox/

My letter to the BCC this morning…
thank you for showing the world who the truly dangerous vile crass and classless animals truly are…

for what kind of heartless cruel creatures Kill a little girl’s bestest friend for the crime of looking like a pit bull and despite ALL the viable solutions and options presented Chose MURDER to hide the evidence of their own cruelty????

you think you’ve fooled US but hey, we are NOT fooled… anyone with half a brain in their head and sanity knows what YOU did to that little girl’s dog… OJ did NOT get away with the murders, neither has Michael Vick and neither will YOU…

because life is a funny thing… in the name of ALL That Is Holy, Decent and Good in this world… God could not have picked a better villain for this story…YOU stepped down to the plate and are continuing to do so…

so you know all of that pain, heartache and devastation that you’ve inflicted upon millions of decent human beings around the world who’ve written countless letters, emails, made numerous phone calls, written articles and blog posts, and are grieving the loss of a truly innocent child’s innocence today due to your despicable acts of criminal behavior?  well, God, Goddess All That Is is saving UP all of that suffering and keeping it in store Just For You… it is called KARMA and KARMA is a b—ch…

May you reap all that you have sowed and More…

Now isn’t that just a hoot?   hardy har har har har har… so just keep on laughing and snorting like the pigs you are…

Karma will have the Last Laugh !!!!

http://www.examiner.com/article/belfast-city-council-making-animal-sounds-when-people-call?cid=db_articles

thank you to Jeff Coltenback for this wonderful image… made me laugh, first time today…
here’s another good one from someone else…

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For Brooke…Justice for Lennox

for Brooke and her bestest friend in the whole world… Lennox…

http://celiasue.com/2012/07/13/justice-for-lennox/

May we ALL take comfort in the fact of KNOWING that Lennox is NO LONGER in the hands of those who caused him pain…

from the family/Save Lennox:

RIP Lennox… No longer at the hands of those that caused him pain.
Lennox was murdered at 7am this morning, the family weren’t allowed to say goodbye, his family were refused to be allowed to be by his side.Love you pup, you will forever be remembered for your bravery, the amazing people you brought together, and for those you helped.You are loved sweet boy, run free, we will meet again someday, you will always be alive in the hearts of many who fought for you.No longer at the hands of those that cause you pain.

Such brave and beautiful people, the Barnes family…

I pray that Lennox comes to Brooke and/or Carolyn in a dream and lets them know that he is good and healthy now that he is over the Rainbow Bridge… it may take awhile for this to happen… But in the name of ALL that is Good and Holy and Decent, may the Angels comfort  and Love this family, Heal this family and Protest them from all harm… Amen…

what kind of heartless creatures CHOOSE to murder a CHILD’s bestest friend?

the BEASTS of the Belfast City Council…

What are parents supposed to tell their children now?

Oh, the BCC had plenty of other options but instead

they chose to HIDE the evidence of their cruelty

by killing Brooke’s dog…

The BCC has shown No Decency… No Mercy…

may they REAP what they have SOWED for eternity

and may this evil Breed Specific Legislation

be BANISHED from the face of the Earth Forever

Belfast, Ireland, home of children’s pet KILLERS

The world MUST show the BCC the same Mercy they showed Brooke and Lennox… NONE

Hold the BCC accountable… for Brooke’s and Lennox’s sake…

.

Victoria Stilwell:  Just got confirmation that despite other options, pleas for mercy from hundreds of thousands and personal appeals from the First Minister, the BCC killed Lennox this morning. I’m sickened, outraged, and devastated for the Barnes family.

as am I… what kind of creatures Kill a little girl’s bestest friend????

and know this to be true… Lennox was MURDERED/KILLED NOT NOT NOT put to sleep or another euphemism as this brilliant piece so aptly points out…

http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/belfast-city-council-one-final-lie-about-lennox/

WE MUST NEVER LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN !!!!!

RIP LENNOX… Run free… Peace and Healing and Justice for the Barnes family…

That life is eternal
And love is immortal
And death is only a horizon
Life is eternal
As we move into the light
And a horizon is nothing
Save the limit of our sight
Save the limit of our sight

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a beautiful place called “The Rainbow Bridge”.

When a beloved pet dies, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
It is a land of meadows, hills and colorful
valleys with lush green grass.
There is always plenty of food, water and sunshine
and our little friends are warm and comfortable.

There all the animals who had been ill and old
are young again, restored to health and vigor.
Those who have been hurt or maimed are made whole and strong.
The animals play all day and are happy and content
but there is one thing missing.
They each miss someone who they left behind.

Someone very special who loved and cared for them on earth.
Then the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up.
The bright eyes are intent and the body quivers with excitement.
Suddenly that one runs away from the group
flying over the green grass, running faster and faster.

You have been spotted.
And when you and your special friend meet again,
you take them in your arms and embrace.
Happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands caress your beloved friend.
You look once more into the trusting eyes of your faithful pet.

And then together you cross over “The Rainbow Bridge” into heaven

….. Never to be separated again.

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