An order to put down Lennox, a pitbull-type dog seized by Belfast City Council staff was always the likely outcome after the case went to court. No doubt it was devastating verdict for the Barnes family who owned the dog and their online supporters.
Regrettably, the campaign to save the dog attracted a vicious torrent of hate against some council staff and that must be deplored utterly. But what the case illustrated is that a review of the current dangerous dog legislation to clarify what exactly dangerous means is now imperative. Such a review would mean that the huge amount of public money spent on the legal proceedings would not be entirely wasted.