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Please join this new forum which was started today. You can post without censorship of your opinion or question, something that other Lennox sites are not allowing you to do! Please read my first comment.

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Alison A (244)
Monday April 11, 2011, 9:46 am
I have been following the Lennox case (like most of us have) for nearly a year, signing petitions, writing emails and praying that we will get the good news that he has been allowed to go home, but our efforts have so far failed us.

I have offered my full support to the family and become quite angry that they have not been allowed to love their dog again, but recent news has lead me to question my priorities.

It has come to my attention that the family have been hindering Lennox’x safety, I am waiting to have this confirmed but I am lead to believe that EGAR (East Galway Animal Rescue) have offered to re-home Lennox like they did
Bruce, the family have refused this and my sources said that they were very rude and threatening.

I like to find things out for myself, so I left a respectful question on the Save Lennox forum, asking them whether EGAR had been in contact and they had refused their help, out of respect, I did not accuse them of being threatening, I just asked the question…. My post was deleted! Their actions answered my question!

It appears that some people are realising that Lennox’s family are not doing what is in the best interest of Lennox, due to their actions, Lennox spends all of his days locked up an unloved, when he could be in the process of being re-homed in Southern Ireland where he is legally allowed to live.
But the family seem to either want Lennox back, or nothing! This is not fair on poor Lennox, his rights to life MUST come before his families need to ‘own’ him.

This site has been started today (not by me) to allow the people who want to discuss Lennox freely without fear of censorship (obviously profanities, abuse and threats will be removed, as with any site).

At the moment my feelings are in limbo, I have not found out anything concrete for myself, but I want the rights to ask the questions, I want the rights to express my opinion and I want the rights to tell people that things may not be as they have been lead to believe.

Lennox may die if we are not allowed to find out the truth, please join this site, spread the word and share any information you may have which could help us FREE LENNOX!

Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday April 11, 2011, 9:50 am
Thank you dear Alison.

Cher C (1429)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:08 am

Thnx hun!


Laura H (964)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:15 am
I have been doing all I can for Lennox; the bottom line is we need to know exactly what is going on so he can be saved!
Thank you Alison!

Michela M (3964)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:19 am
Thank you noted

FulviaAway M (314)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:21 am
Alison, my dear friend, thank you very much for all you're doing for Lennox! You know that this case caught my attention from the beginning, and I asked you to help, writing an email of yours to authorities, you know I love the way you write, the way you focus and analyse things, which you did. Later on, I wrote to EGAR, Sarah replyed that Lennox family had refused their offer to rescue and rehome the poor little baby, and she was threatened... Another care2 member, I'm not writing her name, cause I don't know if I'm allowed or not, who made a couple of petitions, told the same. Now, I'm speachless... All I want is to save Lennox, but actually I didn't expect to have ton cope with his family.
Thank you, Alison. Love you!

Carrie B (306)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:47 am
Thank you Alison! I am still waiting for at least one response from the various emails I sent out regarding Lennox!

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:55 am

Cindy C (125)
Monday April 11, 2011, 11:39 am
poor thing awwwww

Past Member (0)
Monday April 11, 2011, 12:32 pm
Thank you for starting this page...I swear I have been tormented by this case since I first read about it months ago. It sometimes keeps me awake at night. I had no idea of the intrigue going on behind the scenes. All very interesting. I am looking forward to learning if some of what is being circulated is true. I just cannot believe "they" (and I no longer know who they is) are leaving this dog to languish this way.

Laura Mattei (109)
Monday April 11, 2011, 12:39 pm
Dear Alison, excuse my delay: a woman brought me another small kitten she has found but cannot keep (of course, nobody can!). Now the baby is sleeping.
As I heard this story for the first time, I thought that family had no alternatives, then I knew about the proposal of EGAR,and now I stay on my last idea that if the family is fighting a war against Laws,knowing it's a waste of time and that this way Lennox is going to be put down, then I think they risk to be accused of abetment (complicity) in murdering by everyone who knows this story. Because if it's Lennox' life they care for, they should let him to EGAR and then go on with their battle against an unfair Law. If they win the war, they have Lennox back, if they don't Lennox is alive, at least. I think that only this way they could have the whole support of all animals lovers. Otherwise, I reapeat, at least I would think they are murderers exactly like they want to show the Law is. You write that we can share our opinion freely. Now has come on my mind a question: are they wishing to gain money from this story somehow? Do they have a reason to hope in some compensation for Lennox death? Or selling interviews? Excuse me, I guess I'm too bad, but I had a bad day.


Laura Mattei (109)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:04 pm
Currently your account is waiting for approval from a staff member. Once an administrator has approved your account you will get access to this forum.


Laura Mattei (109)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:08 pm
I see I arrived too late. You are not at the forum anymore. Sorry, today I am a little confused. Sorry sorry sorry.

Alison A (244)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:11 pm

I have had a personal reply from EGAR who have said that they did offer to do a free Breed ID and to take Lennox if all else fails, the owner replied with abuse, personal insults and accused her of trying to STEAL' Lennox.

EGAR chose to not post this on their wall because they run a rescue, they are there to save dogs who need their help and whose families allow them to help, not to be slandered on FB and abused.

They have already saved 6 dogs in the past year from Northern Ireland, none of which were high profile cases, they do it because they have passion, not because they want notoriety.

Like I said above, then family are refusing to allow anyone to ask questions or voice an opinion which doesn't suit them, this to me does not show good intentions and does not sound like they are being honest with the THOUSANDS of people who are supporting them.


Please show your support, share this topic, share and join this site, get the word out that the family need to tell their supporters the TRUTH and to stop censoring everything that may make them look bad

They are NOT DOING WHAT IS IN LENNOX'S BEST INTEREST, don't sit back and believe the families rubbish whilst Lennox suffers!

Agnes W (141)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:11 pm
thank you Alison

Alison A (244)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:19 pm
Hi Laura, sorry, I have been at my computer all afternoon and I needed a break, although I am starting to go blank in my head and things are not making sense any more.

In answer to your question, the family are not saying why they are refusing help, so we can only guess. My guess would be that they have become addicted to the attention. If Lennox comes home they will be hero's, if he is killed they will have more sympathy than they could eve dream of. This is only my opinion, but as they refuse to comment, what else are we to think, I would love to be wrong and find out they they are seeking EVERY option to save Lennox's life, I would actually like them to realise that they cannot control every forum and speak up here, or on the new forum.

Patti Brown OFFLINE (81)
Monday April 11, 2011, 2:46 pm
My heart goes out to Lennox! He should be given to another home with people who would Really Care about him and Love him.

Mary T (178)
Monday April 11, 2011, 3:12 pm
I have also been following this story for a while how and I have signed petitions about this, I think that Lennox deserves a lot better home then this family that seems to only want attention and I for one am sick of them, Give this poor dog to someone who will love and care for him.

Nancy sands (448)
Monday April 11, 2011, 3:47 pm
Alison -Maybe the family can be enticed with some money?

Barb K (1688)
Monday April 11, 2011, 5:22 pm
Thank you Alison...I will pray even harder for a Lennox Miracle!!!

Alison A (244)
Monday April 11, 2011, 5:37 pm
Although I have not seen a link asking for donations, the forum has emails from the family explaining what they intend to do with the leftover money, so they do appear to be receiving money already.

Maybe this is another answer to Laura's post above which wonders what the family will be gaining from all this.

I hate to be so sceptical, but when you make yourself public like this, you cannot expect everyone to just roll over and hang on your every word, some people will have questions, some will not agree with you and others will just dislike everything about you, celebrities deal with this everyday, you cannot run from it, or censor it, that is when it gets out of hand, if you have nothing to hide, then the truth will always be the best bet!

Little Star (56)
Monday April 11, 2011, 5:42 pm
I could be wrong, but hasn't the Family been collecting FUNDS for Lennox to gain freedom?

Little Star (56)
Monday April 11, 2011, 5:43 pm
We posted at exact same moment Alison...funny that...: D

Andrea Tackett (187)
Monday April 11, 2011, 5:48 pm
Noted & joined.
This is so ignorant!

Alison A (244)
Monday April 11, 2011, 6:18 pm
Thank you for joining Chaplain.

You cannot currently send a star to Chaplain because you have done so within the last week.

Thank you to everyone who has joined. x

Irene Ling (23)
Monday April 11, 2011, 6:19 pm
Thanks for the link , I will join it to help Lennox , he is pitiful to be locked up all the days...

Marilyn M (145)
Monday April 11, 2011, 8:01 pm
Noted. Thank you, Alison. I tried to join the forum; however, it kept telling me that my name was invalid. I tried Marilyn M., then Marilyn M, then Marilyn, then MARILYN, and finally gave up.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday April 11, 2011, 10:02 pm
Thank you so much for picking up the pace on Lennox. I have been thinking for some time that there is something wrong. The poor boy sits there and nothing is done. Why? Now I get it, why can't the recue take him if they are willing. The damn family really has no say if he is not allowed to be owned by them. I don't get it. I am joining the forum. I will not give up on Lennox...

gerlinde p (161)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 12:27 am
i hope the family does what is best for lennox and not their stupid egos.

Laura Mattei (109)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:04 am
I joined as Lauralauralaura.
Well, the facts as far as I understand are that the family can't have back Lennox, because a Judge said so, according to the Law; Lennox has been put to death, because a Judge said so, according to the Law; EGAR offered to shelter him and find a new home for him, according to Laws in their Country; the family denied. As far as I know, if a Judge declares to take from me something, I don't own it anymore, and if this something is a child or anorher living being, I lose my parental authority. I have no longer the power to accept or deny anything about that thing or living being: everybody else can take it or adopt her/him. I can appeal against the sentence, but if I do so and even if I win I wouldn't do the best for the object in the cause (in this case Lennox couldn't live with the family anyway) automatically I know the sentence on appeal will be quashed, because they won't change their Laws for me, (in Uk Lennox cannot stay alive). (This speech would have been shorter in my mother-language!) What I want to say is that if the family has no more parental authority, everybody else can adopt that dog and take him away. They can be rude, abuse, insult and refuse as long as they want. Their refuses, insults and threating should be made public: the immediat lost of simpathy would make fall down their adiction to publicity. If their rude and threating answers are also written, they must be shown so everybody can read them. We must make them lose their power to accept or refuse, in order to take Lennox away. I hope I was clear, sorry if I'm not.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:43 am
Let´s hope.

Kabir D (86)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:52 am
Noted ..thanks....I hope something will happen positive in this regard.....

John Y (82)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:59 am
Thanks Allison.

toni harrison-kahn (16)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 7:13 am
Noted....please keep informed of any outcome....

Alison A (244)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 7:26 am
Hi everyone - Please Read

I just want to add that this site is for everyone, it is not a 'hate the family' site, if you have any information which suggests that the family are doing everything they can, please feel free to share it, It would make me very happy if someone posted facts that alleviates my fears, after all, my main goal is not to discredit the family, it is to do what is best for Lennox.

This is a closed forum, so unless you are registered, you will not be able to see the discussions.

One of the discussions is regarding an email from a representative of the family which explains how they are talking to two Rescue Centres in the UK, so that if all their efforts fail in Northern Ireland, he can be re-homed in the UK close to another family member.

LENNOX CAN NOT BE RE-HOMED IN THE UK! Northern Ireland is part of the UK, the UK Mainland (England, Scotland and Wales) has the Dangerous Dogs ACT 1991, Northern Ireland has the Dangerous Dogs ORDER 1991, I am not sure if their is subtle legal difference, but from what I have read, they are practially the same!

I am a UK Mainland resident and I know that Pit Bulls and Pit Bull 'types' are a banned breed here too, as Lennox has been declared a Pit Bull Type in Northern Ireland, it would not be safe for him to be brought here, knowing that he has been sentenced to death by a UK court already. Maybe I am wrong, maybe the family know better, I want them to voice their facts rationally, I want to understand what is going on.

Some people may feel the the public do not have any rights to ask questions, I disagree, I have written letters, signed petitions, posted on forums, followed the case and supported the family, I have done this, not only because I care, but because we have all been asked to do so by Lennox's family, if we are expected to sign our name to a petition and write to the authorities, we deserve to know what is going on and what is fact.

We just want to know the truth, we want to help and we just want to do what is in the best interest of Lennox, so he can be freed from his hell!

Constance F (418)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1:26 pm
The forum came to my attention initialy through Kendra. I too, had trouble. I have signed petitions on I have sent emails, like many of us. If I can't get to the forum, I apologize. Plenty of actions to take.

Laverne Wallace (59)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1:38 pm
Thanks, joined today. The way it is looking the family needs to stop worring about money and fame and worry about what is right for this poor dog. If it were my boxer as much as I love and would miss her I would want her to have a good life even if it had to be with someone else.

Alison A (244)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 2:15 pm
Sorry Marilyn, I missed your post, I will send a message to ADMIN and tell them that you are having problems. x

Stelizan L (258)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 2:27 pm
You get 'animal people' and you get other people - my feeling is Lennox' so-called family belongs to the latter half, so I very much doubt that poor Lennox wants anything to do with them in any case. They should have no right to decide his future! May he find a loving forever home sooner rather than later; it's been going on for far too long already.

Jo-Ann Harris (85)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:03 pm
Thanks Allison. Joined the forum. I dearly and truly hope Lennox gets his freedom soon. He is unjustly incarcerated because of breed ignorance and stereotyping.

Ruth McD (843)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:16 pm
I hope everything works out for Lennox, precious dog.

Norman Caswell (36)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 6:13 pm
I started a Petition on Care2 on the 1st April, so far it has 1,730 signatures, Please Add Your Voice.
Here is the address:-

Love & Peace Always,
Caz UK

Kim O (396)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 6:37 pm
Noted and huge thanks Alison!!

Jeannette A (137)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 6:38 pm
Does anyone know the e-mail address of the people who are keeping Lennox at this time... I need all the contact information anyone can give me. But I am not interested in speaking or contacting the family at this time. All I want is Lennox's safety and happiness

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 7:19 pm
Thanks Alison for being on top of this for Lennox wellbeing!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:59 pm

The petition on has been reopened.
I really didn't want to step in this not knowing & seeing the facts myself,,, but I posted the petition to myspace, FB & twitters. Dreading the flack from this.
Alison do you know if this EGAR rescue is on facebook?

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:08 pm
Never mind Alison:) I just checked and I'm already on the like list for EGAR rescue and I see Maria Daines is also. Thank you Alison

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:44 pm
Alison here is what my damaged little mind has come up with.
We advocate for Lennox. We petition the board, committee (whatever the government is called there) to allow EGAR to be allowed to take possession of Lennox rather than allowing the owners to allow him to be killed. If this is acceptable to EGAR rescue, I'll happily sign the petition and gather signatures.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 3:44 am

Alison A (244)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 4:16 am
Hi everyone

Here are clickable links to the above mentioned petitions, thank you Caz and Kathy.

That is a great idea Kathy, I will see what I can find out.

Jeanette, I can't remember where I got these email addresses from, but I sent messages to all of them on the 3rd April, but none of them have got back to me as I requested. You will have to copy and paste these, I have included them all, but the francey one was returned to me undelivered.,,,,,,

Laura Mattei (109)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 4:39 pm
Hi, I could sign only the first petition, but not the re-opened second one: the web page didn't open, nor I could copy the petition letter to send. Please, I'm not able to compose a good letter, but if somebody sends me one I'll copy it and send it to the sddresses Alison wrote in her previous comment. Thanks.

Alison A (244)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 6:08 pm
Hi Laura

No, I have just looked at the second one and it is not open, here are all the petitions open at the moment for Lennox that I have found, if anyone has seen any more, please post them.

The following is US only (for some unknown reason)

As for a draft letter, my brain is not working very well now, it is nearly 2am, but here is something that you may be able to work with, if anyone wants to copy it, please feel free.

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to you to express my support for Lennox.

Lennox is a dog who has been persecuted for looking a certain way, he has been locked up now for 11 months and needs to be returned to his family who love him dearly.

I am aware of the law and know that a Pit Bull 'type' is banned within it, but this needs to be changed, as people we fight everyday so that we all have equal rights and are not condemned for the way they look.

Lennox has not done anything wrong, I have heard that since he has been locked up, away from anything familiar to him, he has been reported as being aggressive, I am not at all surprised, the poor dog is terrified, even a person who is taken from the people they love, caged and surrounded by a cold and unknown future, would try and scare off predators, it is an instinct, it is called survival, Lennox can not be expected to understand why his life has changed so dramatically, so he cannot be expected to act in his normal manor.

I am concerned regarding the conditions he appears to be being kept in, these appear to be very low standards and not at all what I was expecting from a country full of animal lovers.

I feel that Lennox has suffered enough, please release him so he can live the life he deserves.

Yours faithfully


Please send your letter to the following addresses, the last one may be returned, undelivered.,,,,,,

Alison A (244)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 6:11 pm
Sorry, please change the last word in paragraph 3 from 'manor' to manner.

Jill Vickerman (416)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 4:52 am
Joined, thanks Alison...

Laura Mattei (109)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 8:16 am
I signed and sent e-mails.
Excuse me, if I use a comment to share what I've found signing the petition for Lennox, but PLEASE, sign the following petition, and forward it to as more people as you can: I think I'll get sick in my head if this horror doesn't stop!
Started by: Kendra Pinder in Animals
Targeting European Parliament (European MP) and 12 others

It's nonsense writing I don't want Turkey joining UE, when something like this is happening in an European Country.

Alison A (244)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 8:03 pm
No problem Laura, I signed that petition earlier today, here is a clickable link direct to the petition to make it easier for everyone.


Thanks Laura.

Sheila G (267)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:26 am
shared, Alison, what is wrong with those people? to deny that dear boy a natural life!

Sheila G (267)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:29 am
and Laura, ty, shared too, how sick and insane! filthy filthy world we live in, filthy humans and their disgusting appetites!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 19, 2011, 5:02 pm
hello: I too have been watching the Lennox case. I emailed an animal lawyerin NOVA SCOTIA CANADA and sent ALL The info-I also contacted the family via email. THru many unmissed emails and sent info to both parties it was strange that the communication ended. I never did hear from the lawyer and I did not hear from the family as to what they were doing. I too believe that there could be more done for Lennox-but this family is set on having their beloved dog back with them in their home. The issues-Lennox was wrongfully taken from the home-council had the wrong dog and paper work-council making decisions based on proper info-court delay after court delay-family is paying for all out of pocket-Lennox being moved several times and the family is not allowed to see him-to be honest human criminals are treated better......I hope Lennox is returned to his family. The real issue here is the ban on specific breeds in Lennox's town and how the council is not following the proper protocol-they are making things up as they go- and not telling the truth. If I am oto mistaken this is probably the 5th or 6th court delay of which puts Lennox in jeopardy of becoming sick. He has been in a shelter for a while now......

Michelle T. (0)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 2:30 pm
You say all this but the judge ordered destruction of Lennox or nothing. He didn't give an order that he could maybe go to Southern Ireland.

The family need to find a legal loophole in 14 days or Lennox will be destroyed. There is not this option of him being sent to Ireland?

If it was me I would fight for my dog to come home and I would also be angry after a year and a half of my dog being unlawfully taken.

It is clear Lennox is a friendly dog and the dog warden who said he was aggressive is seen in photos getting kisses from Lennox - the judge didn't listen to facts and sided with the council to cover their backs.

Thats my opinion.


Alison A (244)
Saturday October 1, 2011, 2:38 pm
Hi Michelle, Lennox has had all this time to be rescued by an Ireland rescue, I am not familiar with the details but if what you say it correct, Lennox's family have missed their chance for him to be saved.

I have spoken personally to a rescue in Ireland who has done this many times before with many Pit Bulls, but they said the family refused their offer of help... not only did they refuse, but they were extremely rude to the Rescue.

It appears that the family want Lennox back or nothing, they seem to be willing to let him die rather than see him move to Ireland. It is very sad.

Michele Santos (19)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 7:43 pm
Please write to the Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP. He is the only man who can give lennox a pardon on behalf of the queen. Do please stay polite! This is his Email address: or use the wed form at
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