Dog Expert Victoria Stilwell "Shocked" At Lennox's Health Condition

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Lennox has been locked in this inhumane Belfast Council Contracted Kennel, without any visible source of water, surrounded by his own feces, and kept in isolation without any visits from his family, for TWO YEARS.
Victoria Stilwell, celebrity dog trainer and presenter of hit TV show "It's Me Or The Dog" has openly spoken out in support of Lennox since hearing of his plight in 2010. After extensively studying all Lennox assessment videos Victoria also submitted her own report as an expert dog behaviorist to the Northern Ireland courts stating that Lennox poses no danger to public and that he clearly demonstrates amazing self control even while put under stressful circumstances, however as we now know Judge Rodgers in the September 2011 appeal hearing decided to ignore all expert evidence presented to him from such experts as Sarah Fisher, Victoria Stilwell and past evidence held on record by David Ryan, instead Judge Rodgers accepted the non expert evidence from Peter Tallack a retired police dog handler who admits not having any behavioral expertise.

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In the October 2011 edition of Victoria Stilwell's Positively Podcast the main topic was Lennox. In this edition Victoria spoke about many things regarding the Lennox case and she also expressed concern regarding Lennox's current skin condition after she had witnessed his poor fur condition and awful sores visible on his skin whilst she had been compiling her report from various assessment videos.

Lennox always had a slight skin condition and such was well controlled and treated by his family while at home and many people who know Lennox and had seen Lennox prior to his seizure by the Belfast City Council dog warden would not have been at all aware that he had a skin aliment due to the ongoing treatment and quality of care his family had been giving Lennox. Speaking to her co-host about Lennox's skin condition whilst in the so called care of Belfast City Council.

Victoria stated that she was "shocked" after studying the assessment video by expert behaviorist Sarah Fisher. Victoria also explained howLennox has a neck injury which Sarah Fisher also picked up on during her assessment of Lennox and along with bleeding from around the nail bed on one of his paws which David Ryan had also noted remains untreated by Belfast City Council to this day Its now at this point people reading should note that Lennox had no injuries anywhere on his body before his seizure except a small scar from his neutering operation many years previous.

Lennox's condition shortly after seizure by Belfast City Council was also noted and mentioned by council dog wardens in their statements from which he was described as a dog in good health, after an apparent check over by a council contracted vet.Its unknown how Lennox's neck and foot injury were obtained but one thing that is certain is that Lennox had none of these injuries prior to his seizure nor was he covered in massive bald patches or open sores

Many respectable veterinarians or those who are very knowledgeable of animal anatomy can explain that such a neck injury in a dog can come about by means of being pulled or yanked at force whilst having a chain type collar, heavy rope or even a catch pole placed around their necks and of course such injuries may come about due to simple rough play but many people already know and realize that given Lennox's condition already most are sure Lennox hasn't seen any form of play since his happy days at home with his family, furthermore given the powers that the USPCA have why have they not stepped in as this is clearly a case of cruelty, Lennox is being allowed to go without any proper medical attention, there's simply no words or excuse for allowing this to happen and Belfast City Council can put whatever twist they want on this, it's down right abusive and its cruel! Lennox is in the care of Belfast City Council and their contracted kennel so why isn't he receiving adequate care?

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In shock and concern Victoria further described to her positively podcast co-host and her listeners from around the globe what she had witnessed on the assessment videos taken while in the 'care' of Belfast City Council. Referring to Lennox's poor skin and fur condition Victoria, with an air of sickening disbelief in her voice said "that condition is not being treated properly, that dog's fur does not need to be like that" co-host Holly, replied "it's abusive."

Belfast City Council's expert Peter Tallack is also discussed in Victoria's podcast about Lennox. Victoria explains to her listeners that Peter Tallack who has no skills in dog behavior, who is not a behaviorist and who does not understand dog behavior but is paid by Belfast City Council to act as their expert was allowed by Judge Rodgers to give evidence as such. Victoria, in reference to Judge Rodgers acceptance of non expert evidence from Peter Tallack said " the courts would rather go with untrained, unqualified evidence rather than evidence from two trained, two qualified behavioral experts who both assessed Lennox and said he was not a danger"

Lennox supporters around the world now know that Peter Tallack admits himself he is no behaviorist so why was it then that he based any of his assessment report on such? Why was it that Judge Rodgers allowed such a bad stage act to progress? Why was it that Judge Rodgers ignored the evidence of two highly skilled behavioral experts being David Ryan and Sarah Fisher who both agree Lennox is not a danger? and why did Judge Rodgers ignore all the other expert evidence given in Lennox's defense and instead opt to accept the non expert opinion of Peter Tallack?

To set the scene and give some history on Peter Tallack, he is on record as saying that an effective means to controlling a non cooperative dog is to be able to kick, punch or even step on a dog, although strange and quite disturbingly he did once serve time as a dog handler within the Metropolitan Police where he finally retired a Police Constable after holding the position for twenty five years, furthermore any Google or other search online will list the Met Police dog bite statistics which makes for very alarming reading considering that many of the bites recorded were caused by Police dogs to their own Police dog handlers.

Victoria, on closing of her October 2011 Positively podcast stated that from what she has witnessed of all assessment videos taken of Lennox while in Belfast City Council captivity that she saw a dog who surrounded by strangers demonstrated "incredible impulse control and an intent not to harm, I don't think Lennox is a dangerous dog, I think he needs to go back to his family."

You can listen to or download the Victoria Stilwell Positively podcast about Lennox by clicking here. The pictures contained within this article are some of those taken from one of Lennox's assessment videos and show the skin and fur condition that Victoria Stilwell is referring to in her podcast.

A small group of people, who they themselves, claim to be supporters, friends and even show listed as Facebook friends of a certain Belfast City Council dog warden released small, carefully planned snippets of Lennox's assessment videos and documents last year online before the video's had been shown in court, videos that they shouldn't have had in their possession but if one of their posts from Facebook
is to be believed and true then one of them called Ann did admit online that she was contacted by someone within the council, offered and sent copies of Lennox's assessment videos and documents.

These same people posted small edited pieces of video online in an attempt to portray Lennox in a bad light and to hopefully discredit the real experts acting for Lennox but unknowingly to them they actually helped show the world just how well of a self controlled, well behaved and beautiful dog Lennox actually is even after being looked up by strangers and neglected for two years. The obvious question is however, why didn't these hateful people post the full video instead of edited snippets? Maybe its because it would have shown the world the truth, how Lennox isn't a danger as his family and three real experts have stated all along, maybe it was because had they released the full video which they have then the world would have seen the horrendous skin condition that Lennox is being made to suffer whilst in the 'care' of Belfast City Council.

The same small group of people in an attempt to disrupt Lennox's case also setup fake duplicate Facebook profiles of certain Save Lennox campaigners and proceeded to post each other threatening and abusive messages online, screen capturing the messages and again distributing the screen captures online in aid to claim they had been sent from genuine Save Lennox supporters and campaigners, not satisfied there, the same people then recently setup a fake forum on which they posted fake messages and comments pretending to be from Save Lennox campaigners in an attempt to raise and secure funds.

This group then screen captured the fake messages and sent them to Belfast City Council's legal department who also attempted to act upon false information sent to them again in an attempt to disrupt and even bring a halt to innocent Lennox's fight for life, however in their rush to help supply fake screen captures to Belfast City Council's legal department the person who setup the fake forum and those who posted fake comments on the same forum did not realize that their IP addresses had been captured revealing their real identity. Thankfully this small group of twisted individuals failed in their attempts and Lennox's legal hearing case goes ahead. More on this will be published in the coming weeks. Read Sarah Fisher's statement on the leaked video edits here.

Comment: Dog warden Alexandra Lightfoot said that from the thousands of dogs she has encountered in her 25-year career as a warden, Lennox was "probably the most unpredictable and aggressive" of her four-legged clients, and she testified that Lennox is "a danger to the public and anyone around him" Watch the leaked assessment video as Lennox is taunted and slapped int he face and decide for yourself who's lying, Lennox or Lightfoot

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Background From

On the 19th May 2010, Lennox, a now six year old American Bull dog Labrador cross was wrongfully seized by Belfast City Council Dog Wardens from his loving family home where he lives with his owners and his kennel mates. Lennox committed no crime nor did any member of the public complain about him. Three Belfast City Council Dog Wardens came with the PSNI to his home unannounced. The Dog Wardens then told the Police to leave as there was no need for them at the location.

The Belfast City Council Dog Wardens then had tea with his owners, smoked cigarettes, chatted, played with the other family dogs after which the Dog Wardens then measured Lennox's muzzle and rear legs with a dress maker's tape measure and decided on those measurements without seeking any professional advice that he was possible "Pit Bull Type Breed" and so he was led from his home to be put to death by the Council. Northern Ireland has yet to fully implement the same dog legislation as mainland UK; if Northern Ireland were to complete the dog legislation here then Lennox could now be at home with his family and they would not now be facing legal prosecution. The USPCA said the law in Northern Ireland could be changed simply and rather quickly by an order in Council.

Lennox's family have done more than required by the law as responsible dog owners who also foster dogs for various Northern Ireland dog shelters. When Lennox was a puppy his owners had him neutered, licensed, insured, DNA registered, Pet Safe registered and micro chipped and although the Belfast City Council have issued a dog license for Lennox for the last five years and continue to do so today, the Council now find the need to class him as a Pit Bull type dog and murder him.

On the day Lennox was ripped from his family home the Belfast City Council issued his owner with a warrant of seizure which was incorrectly addressed and was for another location, furthermore the Council used the ADBA Inc (American Dog Breeders Association Incorporated) breed standards guide to help identify Lennox as possible Pit Bull type. It has now become clear that the Council used this ADBA breed standards guide illegally breaking international and Berne copyright laws as Belfast City Council have never been authorized by the ADBA to use the copyrighted breed standards guide in full or derived version. Since Lennox's seizure the ADBA have issued the Belfast City Council with 'Cease & Desist' orders due to the Council's unauthorized continued use of ADBA material.

Lennox's owners have only been contacted once by the Belfast City Council and this was two hours after Lennox had been taken. One of the Dog Wardens who seized Lennox telephoned Lennox's owner to say "If you do not sign him over to us to be destroyed then you will most certainly lose your job as we will force a prosecution upon you through the courts." On many attempts the family have telephoned the Council's Dog Control Manager but to date the Manager has never taken the families call or returned any calls.
Comment: Lennox isn't the only dog Yolanda Elwood and the Belfast City Council have tortured with brutal solitary confinement:
Owner's anger over dog isolation

Lennox's family have never been told where he is being kept, what condition he is in, what type of care, feeding or regular exercise he receives, if any. Lennox's family have repeatedly requested visitation to see what condition he is in however the Dog Control Manager for Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Department ( Yolanda Ellwood) has continually refused all requests through the families Solicitor.

Photographs of Lennox have emerged recently and have been passed to the family which clearly show Lennox in a cold inhumane concrete kennel which is visibly too small, there are no visible signs of a constant fresh water supply, heating, toys for stimulation and the photographs show Lennox sitting upright in a box type bed surrounded by his own feces with only saw dust for bedding which many dog experts have agreed is harmful to dogs and unsuitable for bedding, yet Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Department have stated they practice humane animal welfare as set out by the DARD (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development). After studying the Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is clear that none of Lennox's welfare needs are being met at this undisclosed Council contracted kennel.

Local leading MP's joined in support of Lennox stating in the Belfast Telegraph and other media they were "Appalled" by the seizure and treatment of Lennox and his family. A global campaign which boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters and petition signatures has begun in support of Lennox's freedom. The ADBA Inc, various Animal Rights groups, Animal Welfare organizations, Veterinarians, Dog Breed and Behaviorist Experts have all gave their support for Lennox's freedom and many supporters who are regular tourists to Northern Ireland have went further to state they will not return to Northern Ireland until Lennox is returned to his home.

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Brooke In Hospital Shortly After Belfast City Council Dog Wardens Seized Lennox
The most heartfelt plea of all was heard from Brooke, the owners eleven year old Daughter who is registered disabled. Lennox grew up around Brooke and the two became inseparable. Due to Brooke's illness she is unable to play each day with other children and so found Lennox to always be there as a playmate and someone to be of comfort to her. Since her best friend was taken Brooke has missed much School due to suffering health and unneeded stress caused by missing her dog. Brooke's specialist Doctor at Belfast Royal Hospital for Sick Children has also expressed growing concern for the child's separation from her pet.

We ask for your help to Save Lennox, stop his incarceration and stop him from being put to death by Belfast City Council who wrongfully took him. If you have any compassion you will clearly see that far too many wrongs and errors have been made by the Council in the seizure of this much loved family pet and you will help correct a wrong.

Please help this little girl become reunited with her best friend. Let your voice be heard by emailing the Belfast City Council, Belfast City Council Dog Wardens, Belfast City Council Dog Control Manager Yolanda Elwood and her superiors.

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Updated Contact List

Lord Mayor of Belfast
Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile (Sinn Féin).
Telephone: 028 9027 0486

Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Ruth Patterson
028 9032 0202

Belfast City Council
Telephone: 028 9032 0202
Textphone: 028 9027 0405

Belfast City Council Chief Executive:
Peter McNaney

Belfast City Council Health & Environmental Services
Telephone: 028 90270428

Suzanne Wylie

Belfast City Council Dog Warden Department:
028 9027 0431

Belfast City Council Dog Warden Manager:
Yolanda Elwood

Belfast City Council Dog Warden:
Alexandra "Sandie" Lightfoot (one of Belfast dog wardens involved in the seizure of Lennox who is alleged to have to commuted perjury)

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