For those of you who do not recognise or know the name Diesel allow me to tell you a little bit about him. Diesel belonged to another of our Family members and he was Lennox’s brother. Sadly on Tuesday 22nd February Diesel had to be put to sleep after suffering a very progressive form of Canine Cancer. Many of our long term supporters, followers and campaigners who have followed Lennox’s plight from day one will remember the name Diesel as he was the dog that was visited one day at his home by a certain Belfast City Council dog warden and declared by this warden not to be a Pit Bull or for that matter “Type.” Those of you who remember this will recall that the Belfast City Council dog warden who called on Diesel that day identified and declared him to be a Labrador Bull dog cross, which he indeed was. This is the very same dog warden that declared Lennox to be “Type” and seized him from his loving home after measuring his forehead and hind legs with a dress makers tape measure. So the question remains, how can two brother dogs from the exact same birth litter, born only moments apart be deemed two different types of breed by the same dog warden? This again only raises yet further questions regarding Belfast City Council’s dog wardens and why none of them are professionaly qualified in basic breed identification as a past freedom of information request revealed. This incident only further questions the credibility of this particular dog warden. If Belfast City Council are going to allow this warden and her colleagues to seize innocent Family dogs from responsible dog owners and sentence the dog to death before inhumanely caging the poor dog up in a tiny cell for months on end then surely Belfast City Council should at least be putting these dog wardens through some sort of training as there is absolutely no difference between those dog wardens and average joe off the street, in actual fact the majority of dog owners would be more knowledgeable about breed types and animal welfare than these Belfast City Council dog wardens.
Our whole Family are saddened by Diesel’s illness and death but now we find ourselves in further despair as we now wonder if Lennox could also be suffering from this sudden form of this disease or is there a possibility that he is likely to in the future? we simply don’t know and won’t be able to check Lennox’s health because as you all know Belfast City Council and the Councils dog control manager Yolanda Elwood has continually refused any visitation to Lennox from Family or our vet and lets be quite honest we have all seen the picture of the inhumane, unsuitable conditions Lennox is being kept in surrounded by his own faeces and improper sawdust bedding so expecting any of the kennel staff at this secret Belfast City Council contracted kennel to recognise or bother concerning themselves with checking Lennox for this disease is clearly a very high expectation.
On closing we would like to say our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and Family at the loss of your gentle boy, we pray that as the angels look over and care for Diesel he will in return look over his brother Lennox.
Sleep tight Diesel, sadly missed X