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Welcome home Hank: Join Belfast Telegraph in celebrating 'death row' dog's return to owners

Send us pictures of your dog welcoming home Hank

By Claire Williamson

Hank the Dog - who captured the hearts of the world during a campaign to save his life after he was seized by Belfast City Council - is set to return to his owners next week and the Belfast Telegraph wants your help to welcome him home.

To celebrate, we want you and your pets to help us give Hank a big welcome home as he is reunited with his owners.

Send us your pictures and videos: We want your dog pictured with a message of support or a video of him barking for Hank

  • Include your name, where you are from and the name of your dog to this address.
  • Alternatively you can tweet them to us using the hashtag #welcomehomehank.

A global campaign was sparked when Hank was taken by dog wardens two weeks ago on suspicion of being a pit bull breed.

Almost 300,000 people signed a petition in a bid to get him released and returned home.

An assessment concluded that although he was "a pit bull terrier-type" breed, the pet could be placed on the council's exemption register, thus saving it from death.

Following a court hearing on Tuesday, Hank will be reunited with his owners.

Among those to champion the cause were famous faces such as X Factor host Dermot O'Leary, boxer Carl Frampton and celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell.

On Thursday his owners were delighted when experts deemed he did not pose a risk to the public and they were told their lovable pet could return home.

Read more: Belfast City Council's statement in full



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