Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Lennox case a stressful experience for all those involved

Caroline Barnes and her daughter Brooke with a picture of their beloved pet
Caroline Barnes and her daughter Brooke with a picture of their beloved pet
Caroline Barnes leaving court yesterday
Lennox

We are not in favour of specific breeds being banned. Unfortunately, in this situation, the owner has lost the appeal.

A big concern is about how long the dog stays in kennels while waiting for court cases to be heard, as it can be very stressful for dogs.

What I got from the hearing was that Belfast City Council looked after the dog well and there seemed to be a good relationship with Lennox.

Unfortunately, he had to go on anti-depressants, which again indicates some dogs do not do well in kennels. In future cases of friendly pit bull-types, the experience must be examined. Belfast City Council will be in touch with its veterinary team and Lennox will receive a lethal injection and be humanely put to sleep. I think the owners should have the option to say farewell to the dog — a last visit may give them closure.

My heart goes out to them. Clearly, they put up a good fight to save their dog.

Ronnie Milsop is campaign manager for Dogs Trust Ballymena

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