First Minister Peter Robinson calls for Lennox to be rehomed to the USA
from Victoria Stilwell... Still no response or movement from the BCC today, but NI’s First Minister has publicly joined the calls asking them to let me take him to the US. Let’s hope the mayor and council are willing to listen to him. Meanwhile, news outlets continue to apply pressure…http://on.msnbc.com/NaUN01
please please remain polite with all bcc correspondence and keep mailing Mrs O’Neill and Mr Adams. When you write ask:
Mrs O’Neill and Mr Adams,
Please offer another application to the court for other options to be reconsidered for Lennox!
Mr George Richardson from the HIGHCOURTS of Belfast has just confirmed that although there is a destruction order that the matter of rehoming Lennox to Victoria Stillwell is ENTIRELY in the hands of BCC!! Needless to say keep polite in all emails to bcc and Mrs O’Neil of DARDNI whilst asking for them to release Lennox for rehoming with Victoria Stilwell.
please please remain polite with all bcc correspondence and keep mailing Mrs O’Neill and Mr Adams
Latest Update from Victoria Stilwell and URGENT email request…
pls share, latest UPDATE, join protest in NYC Mon. July 9 to #SaveLennox the dog #End BSL
If Lennox was already dead why would Victoria Stilwell be going to Belfast to see what can be done about getting Lennox to sanctuary in the USA????
I apologize for jumping to unconfirmed conclusions after reading several articles written by the North county Gazette. I did NOT know that the North County Gazette should have reported that the BCC was IGNORING requests to rehome Lennox because the NCG published that the requests were DENIED. So I thought that the BCC had refused Victoria Stilwell’s request. That has NOT happened. Nor has Jeff Coltenback’s request been denied (ignored but not denied).
But when I thought that it seemed that the unthinkable had happened, that either the Belfast City Council has already killed Lennox or he is in such deplorably ill condition and at death’s door that they do not want anyone to see him, I wrote to demand proof of life. Otherwise, why refuse to allow him to be rehomed in the USA and deny that the family to see him one last time????
I still wonder cannot the family hold the BCC accountable for their deplorable treatment of Lennox, no vet care, sleeping in feces, etc. ???? seems cruel, inhumane and unusual punishment…
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck- odds are, it’s a duck. When was Lennox last seen alive by someone other than than the BCC, Animal Control and court officials? Where is the “Proof of Life”? Has this entire affair been a simple cover-up of the fact Lennox died in the care of officials long ago, and they simply can’t admit the mistake? It all looks very duck-like. I”m not stating this as fact- I’m asking the questions. Let’s see the dog. ~John
There was an article published by June Maxam from the North County Gazette which was an UNconfirmed Denial of rehoming Lennox which should have stated that the BCC was ignoring requests. Either she made up the Denial to incite people or ????? see below…
WE DO NOT KNOW THAT the BCC has Denied Any Request to Rehome Lennox
What we DO know is that the Belfast City Council has so far IGNORED requests to rehome Lennox as stated here…
ignoring requests is different than denying requests (denying is what the North County Gazette wrote). May be semantics or splitting hairs to some but a DENIAL is a definite NO while ignoring leaves a door open, a sliver though that might be at this point.
Here is Jeff Coltenback’s latest letter as of July 5, 2012… he has not heard back from the BCC.
To Whom it May Concern:
I have been contacting your Government for a few months now regarding the dog, Lennox, who has been at the center of attention worldwide due to an ongoing legal issue surrounding Breed Specific Legislation in your Country. I have not heard back from anyone regarding my plea. Yesterday, July 4th, I called three of your Government offices: Parliament, Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Court Systems. I was bounced around between the three offices and was finally given an email address to forward my mail to. However, I have decided to email as many of your Government’s addresses as possible in the hopes it gets to someone with the authority and compassion to facilitate my plea.
I wish to adopt Lennox into my care here in New Jersey, USA. I have been a dog trainer since the mid- 1990’s and I also have been rescuing animals for over a decade. Additionally, I am a New Jersey State Certified Animal Control Officer (Certified in 2003). My websites are below if you would like to learn more about me. I have also included my phone numbers and email as well. I have a large support group willing to help me financially and logistically with the transfer of Lennox to New Jersey. I urge you to consider this plea of mine. In fact, I beg you to have compassion on this dog and allow him to live and leave your country. I live in a State where Breed Specific Legislation is actually prohibited.
So, between my experience and the laws under which I live, I would be a great fit for Lennox. I understand this issue has been emotional for many. I also understand the criticism and turmoil your Government has faced while dealing with this.
So, how is this a solution for you? Well, if you decide to euthanize Lennox, it is unclear what type of negative ramifications this could have on Northern Ireland. Being from the US, I have no idea what those ramifications might be. I do know that your Country will experience further ridicule, criticism and maybe even worldwide protest. I know no one wants this to end badly for anyone, especially Lennox.
So, the solution to your problem would be to show compassion to the world and allow him to leave your Country alive! Doing so will accomplish two things. First, your Country’s laws will be upheld and you will continue to enforce your local laws, as misguided as I think they are. No precedent will be set for other citizens to attempt to challenge your law. This certainly will keep your legal infrastructure intact. Secondly, and most importantly, allowing Lennox to leave alive will show the world that your Country does have compassion. The world will be more forgiving and this situation will likely pass without any negative ramifications.
I beg you to please allow Lennox to leave your Country and come into my care where he can live out his life in a safe environment with lots of parks and dog friendly settings. Thank you for hearing my plea. I appreciate your time and consideration.
Bloomfield, NJ USA
we await word from Victoria Stilwell and hope and pray for the best outcome for Lennox and his family.
Here is Victoria’s latest update from Ireland…
If you want, please email the Lord Mayor of Belfast:
ask him to let Lennox Come to America.
no matter what happens, remember that Love is bigger than hate… and Truth and Justice WILL prevail eventually.
Please send requests for mercy for Lennox, asking that he be allowed to move to the United States to the following e-mail address:
The world is watching, Belfast City Council. How do you want to be remembered when it comes to the case of Lennox? As the finally-compassionate people who did the right thing and allowed a much-loved dog to live, or the ones who killed him while hundreds of thousands of voices begged for mercy for him?
PS: here is the Gazette writer’s response to my questions as to what specific request was denied and could she please correct her article… she never answered my question. Instead she called me names and blocked me. Completely unprofessional and irresponsible. as you can see below. Note: some time after this happened, she also banned and deleted other folks who dared to question her about her facts and the situation. Do the math. If someone is defensive, calls people names, refuses to answer questions, accuses others of attacking when that is what they are doing, what does that tell you about them???
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