Death row dog Lennox looks set to be put to death next week after his owner indicated she will not be pursuing the case at the Supreme Court in London.
On June 12 at Belfast’s Court of Appeal three senior judges dismissed the latest plea of Caroline Barnes to save her pet.
The court has ruled that the seven-year-old dog — deemed to be a banned pit bull type — poses a danger to the public.
On Monday night, Lennox’s owners posted a statement on their Facebook page — which has more than 71,000 fans — admitting defeat after a two-year battle.
The owners said if their offer to have Lennox rehomed in the USA was rejected, they would repeat their request to be allowed to say a final farewell to their pet.
Lennox was seized by Belfast City Council wardens in May 2010 and has remained in their care at a secret location ever since.
It is thought the dog will be destroyed on July 10.
It is not yet known how much the marathon legal battle — largely funded by the public purse — has cost, but it is understood to be in excess of £20,000.