In May 2010, Lennox, a Belfast family’s pet, was confiscated and placed in isolation because dog wardens determined him to be part Pit Bull, a breed considered “dangerous” and banned in Northern Ireland.
Over the two years since then, his dog mom, Caroline Barnes, has been fighting to save Lennox’s life. She is not alone: More than 127,000 people have signed a petition asking the city council to spare the dog.
Lennox, now 7 years old, was adopted by Barnes when he was a puppy. He is a therapy dog for her daughter, who suffers from severe asthma that keeps her indoors most of the time.
Barnes’ case against the Belfast city council was mentioned today at the Court of Appeal. According to BBC News, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said the case will be considered for the final time on May 24, when Northern Ireland’s most senior judges will spend half a day hearing arguments.
Read more about Lennox here.