Monday, July 9, 2012

Lennox News – 7/9/12

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND—Peter Robinson, current First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has tweeted that he has spoken to the Lord Mayor of Belfast about Lennox, the dog scheduled to die by lethal injection because of how he looks, suggesting that the Belfast City Council and Mayor should seriously consider allowing the death row dog to be relocated to the United States.

“At 8:23 p.m.Belfast time, (3:23 pm EDT) Robinson tweeted” spoke to Lord Mayor aboutLennox. Suggested BCC should seriously look at re-homing option. Why exercise the order if there’s an alternative?”

The email for the Lord Mayor is


Posted by Boycott Belfast until it frees Lennox and addresses its BSL failings amnesty has been granted, this is completely fabricated, we await news from Mrs Oneil and the Queens office.....please keep the pressure on and don't give up


Progress!!!!!! I called George Richardson back who is in the High Court of the judicial system. I told him about my conversation with Lisa in the Belfast Council. I told him that Lisa insisted that it was in the Court systems' hands and not the Council. I asked him if there was any way that he or someone in his offices could call Belfast Council, speak to Lisa, to find out if there is perhaps a breakdown in communication between their organization and the Belfast Council because there seems to be a perception on the Council's part that the High Court system has power at this stage of the process for Lennox. George said, that he was going to speak with his legal team to see what he can do. He explained that he has to be very careful because he can not be talking to a government agency telling them what to do. I explained that I fully agree. However, Belfast Council may in fact really believe that your agency is the only step in the process that exists. They may not realize that they are the ones that have the cards at this point to save Lennox. I reiterated that Victoria Stillwell is in Belfast ready to take Lennox and that the Council will not respond to her, see her, talk with her. I suggested that perhaps he could present in a non judgmental way that since there are rehoming options for Lennox outside of Ireland, that the Council does have the ability to present another application to the court and that he just wanted to make sure that they realized that since Belfast Council continues to direct callers back to his organization. He said that he would look into it because there needs to be a consistent message to tell people who are calling in so that both the High Court and Belfast Council are saying the same thing to callers. We must stay positive and visualize that Lennox will go free. We must. Our thoughts are critically important now. Please don't allow your thoughts to go into outrage, anger, negativity of any kind. Please let's visualize the miracle that we are looking for.


Protest this morning in NYC. Please join the event - attend the protest in person OR attend the event in spirit if you cannot be there. Click the link, click the button to attend, and leave a message of support on the event page. We need to stand united in this. Attend and show them the Lennox Army!



Article title says it all.


In an impassioned plea Sunday, the founder/president of CJN made yet another impassioned plea to the Belfast City Council to save the life of Lennox.

NOTE: The North Country Gazette is a subscription site. Unlimited free access is not available. One free read per visitor is allowed, after that, access is by subscription only.



The only people besides the Queen who have any authority to help Lennox at this point are the Northern Ireland Attorney General, John Larkin, and the Minister of Agriculture, Michelle O'Neil. The e-mail addresses for them are as follows:

NOTE: Email addresses for Michelle O'Neill and John Larkin have been shut down.  Please email the Lord Mayor of Belfast:

Minister of Agriculture, Michelle O'Neil: 
Attorney General, John Larkin: 

The e-mails needed are to request that these two support the plea for the Royal Prerogative of Mercy. This time, the letters need to all say the same thing. The wording requested by the Lennox Campaign members for these e-mails is as follows:

I am writing to you as one of over 182,500 people worldwide who have signed a petition to support and demand the release of Lennox who is currently held at an unknown location by Belfast City Council. Following a legal appeal heard by the Court of Appeal NI, Lennox has been sentenced to die and we urgently request a stay of execution of the dog Lennox by the power vested in you until the following has been clarified:

A request for clemency has been submitted to Her Majesty the Queen and to all senior politicians in Northern Ireland, requesting that Lennox be spared the death sentence and be allowed to be exported out of the UK to where safe sanctuary is waiting for him.

We believe there have been irregularities in the judicial handling of the case and there is worldwide anger and serious reservations concerning the treatment of the dog and that this may be a cover-up to hide the damage done to him while in the care of Belfast City Council

Failing clemency, with no permission to export, the right of the family to have a final visit with their dog and be allowed to receive his body (currently rumoured to be withheld by Belfast C.C) is surely a basic right for a family grieving for their family member.

A death penalty, issued to an innocent animal, is due to be executed by Tuesday 10th July. Lennox, a much loved family companion, was seized two years ago, by council officials in Belfast City Council as an alleged “pit bull type”, he has been ordered by the courts to be destroyed and this decision was tragically upheld by the Court of Appeal NI.

Lennox has never harmed anyone; he has been prosecuted based on his appearance-for looking the wrong shape and size under breed specific legislation in NI.

Her Majesty the Queen and all senior politicians are urgently requested to use the Royal Prerogative of Mercy, which we understand starts where the law finishes and applies where a conviction and sentence has been arrived at; Lennox’s family and thousands of supporters worldwide plead for mercy.

We understand that The Royal Prerogative has been applied in NI, being used in the past by the then Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson and that a Judicial Review IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND McGeough’s (Terence) Application [2012] NIQB 11 also examined this power as did a Judicial Review (EWHC 3102 Admin) on 17th Dec. 2008 in the case of Michael Shields before the High Courts of Justice in London. We understand that it should only be exercised where no other remedies exist and that the effect of a pardon is not to quash the conviction but releases the recipient from "all pains, penalties and punishments whatsoever that from the said conviction may ensure".

Please, we beg you, to intervene, order a stay of execution; whilst you investigate an application for clemency and any and all other legal routes to enable Lennox to be exported out of Northern Ireland. Failing that, please insist on a stay of execution so that a clear and transparent investigation is carried out in this case so that this dog is not wrongfully put to death and doubts regarding his current condition are set at rest.

Citizens from all over the world are asking you to restore faith in the judicial system on behalf of the citizens of Northern Ireland.

I beg you to intervene urgently, please order a stay of execution and have this case investigated urgently and any and all avenues to enable the export of Lennox fully reviewed.



Taken from:
One last push of urgent e-mails needed for a Lennox miracle
by Bonnie Snider
Animal Advocacy Examiner
July 8, 2012

Morning Roundup – 7/9/12

“ WE DO NOT ENDORSE THIS BOOK!! PLEASE DO NOT BUY IT... proceeds DO NOT go to charity. This book was written & published without our consent & authorization. The info on me isn't even accurate. Mom tried to get them to stop, or to donate to my causes. But they didn't care that everything we do is for charity, and wouldn't agree to helping my causes. So, they're making money off me & other surf dogs... I don't even make money of me!!! The $25 bucks they're selling it for, could help a lot of charities. ***growl*** ”


Get your pets microchipped. Even after such a long time, Macy's chip reunited her with her family.


Hubby and I caught this commercial on tv for the first time last night. We both just sat there stunned and looking at each other. I know commercials for Skittles candies tend to be funky, wild, crazy, etc, but this one is over the top and not in a good way. Once the shock wore off a bit, I found the company contact info and sent them a polite earful.

If you think this commercial is wrong, consider contacting the manufacturer - Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company:


Do you live in Washington state and need something fun to do in August? The Hounds on the Hill charity dog walk and street fair will be held in Puyallup, Wash. on August 25.



This is not a pretty story, but it's one of those that need to be told. I'll be trying to find out more info on which 'department' is supposed to have oversight of and regulate Alabama pounds and shelters.


If what the family claims is true, how do you mistake a solid black dog with one that is black and white?


The puppy was targeted after Hubbard flew into a rage because the puppy had made a mess which the child had failed to clean up.


Lil Bub is a very unique kitty thanks to several genetic mutations all showing up at the same time.


Elsie is one lucky dog. Kudos to Brian Peterson for not only plucking her out of the river, but for working so hard to find her owners.