Dog put to sleep after long legal battle

07/16/2012 // West Palm , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Dublin – A dog whose case has garnered widespread media attention has been put to sleep after a lengthy legal battle. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the 7-year-old Belfast dog was put down last week following the expiration of an appeals deadline.

The dog was labeled by wardens to be a danger to the public and taken from its owners in 2010, prompting a two-year legal battle. The owner of the dog claimed it had never attacked anyone and could be resettled in a location that allowed pit bull ownership. Appeals judges in Northern Ireland; however, upheld court judgments in favor of putting him down.

The case sparked protests and online campaigns to save the dog.

Victoria Stilwell, host of the Animal Planet dog-training program “It’s Me Or the Dog,” is quoted in the report as stating of the outcome of the case, “I hoped Belfast City Council would realize that there were alternatives that provided a sanctuary for Lennox in the USA where he would be safe, but they did not listen.”

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