Lennoxgate? Outcry for Investigation of Belfast After Lennox’s Death

The story of Lennox the dog (background story here) took a final, tragic turn on July 11 when Belfast City Council announced he had been killed, after a desperate legal fight by the family and in spite of a worldwide “Save Lennox” movement. In keeping with the less-than-stellar community relations skills Belfast City Council has demonstrated over the past two years (Lennox was seized in May of 2010), they did not even have the courtesy to inform Lennox’s family, the Barnes, instead issuing a tersely worded press announcement that “Lennox, an illegal pit-bull terrier type, has been humanely put to sleep.” The task of informing the family fell to respected, celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, a close ally of the Barnes family throughout their ordeal, who heard it from a source at Radio Ulster; Stilwell later expressed disgust over this insensitivity, saying in a Facebook post “Belfast City Council should hang their heads… heartless doesn’t even begin to describe the people surrounding this case.”…