Can you imagine if someone came to your house and said that they were going to take your dog away because of how he or she looked? How about if they kept your family pet in a concrete pen for 11 months and did not allow you or your family to visit him? You had no idea of how he was being treated, apart from a photograph in which your dog is sitting in sawdust with no visible signs of toys or even a bed to sleep on.

And then what if a judge ruled that after all of this time your dog was to be destroyed.

It is hard to imagine how you might feel, heartbroken, angry, frustrated and utterly sick to your stomach, well this is exactly the situation that a family from Northern Ireland find themselves in today. On Tuesday this week all of twitter held it's breath for the update from @savelennox who had been in court to receive the sickening news that their boy Lennox who is a cross between an American Bull Dog a Pedigree Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a Labrador has been sentenced to death.

All of this is because he was declared a "Pit Bull Type" by the Belfast City Council dog wardens. This is as a direct result of the flawed Breed Specific Legislation.

In the mainland Great Britain, four breeds are currently subject to BSL under the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA):

The Japanese Tosa
The Pit Bull Terrier
The Dogo Argentino
Fila Braziliero

However, also be aware that 'types' of these dogs are also affected. This means that your dog doesn't have to be a Pit Bull or Tosa to be subject to the DDA: it simply has display physical and behavioural characteristics similar to those displayed in breeds covered by the act.

The current legislation does nothing to protect an honest dog owner who takes all of the steps necessary to comply with exemption conditions ( which do not apply in Northern Ireland).

Lennox is Micro chipped, Neutered, DNA Registered, Pet Safe Registered, Insured and Licensed every year with the Council. Lennox's owners have taken all of these steps and yet their boy was taken.

Lennox has never harmed anyone, he is looked after by a responsible loving family, he could be your dog or mine. He has been away from his family for almost a year. 

He should not be destroyed because this is all wrong.

Of course the council will want to show that they have been acting within the law and that all they are doing is simply 'following orders' but what ever happened to common sense? Why spend thousands of pounds creating a case against a dog who is so clearly loved by his family and now his case is supported and being watched all over the world. Why deliver a death sentence on a dog who has NEVER harmed anyone.

Imagine if you were a happy dog enjoying life with your family and then one day some people you did not know came to your house, appeared friendly and then took you away from everything and everyone you had ever known. I can not begin to imagine what Lennox must be going through.

The family are trying to get even more support and media attention to highlight their case and are gaining a huge following on twitter and facebook. An On line petition has over 25,000 signatures , you can show your support here. Time may be running out for Lennox so please take action today.

As a further show of support I would like to invite any bloggers to join this Blog Hop to show their support for Lennox.

All you have to do is write a blogpost showing your support for Lennox and link it to this blog. If you already have a blog post about Lennox then simply link it as well. Show the world the massive support that Lennox and his family have.

The animal community across the world is very powerful and has a voice , we have helped thousands of less fortunate animals with out fundraising efforts.

Now is the time to raise a paw in support of one lonely dog who needs to be reunited with his family, not sentenced to death.


Mai pals 

Imagine if these were your dogs 
Imagine if this was what your street looked like
Imagine if you were no longer around to look after your pets

This video shows two dogs, in amongst the rubble, one is injured and the other refuses to leave his side, when a film crew happened to find them.

It is hard for us to imagine waking up one morning and within 24 hours have our whole life change. The extent of the destruction and devastation in Japan is still emerging and each day brings sad stories to our screens across the world. But we also see stories of hope like the one with the dogs above who were rescued and are now safe and being looked after.

Imagine if you where this dog owner who happens to live near the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant having to have yourself and your dog scanned for possible radiation.

A Japanese girl, isolated due to radiation, greets her dog through a window.

Or this girl who is being isolated to try to to stop the spread of radioactive material being greeted by her dog.

Imagine if we lived in a world where no one cared

For the past two years the anipal community have come together on twitter to help anipals less fortunate then themselves. We have helped animal rescue across the world and made sure that animals in disaster areas are not forgotten. 

Today of the 2nd anniversary of the PawPawty I urge you spare what you can to help World Vets who are an organisation from the USA who are already in Japan. They are working with local rescues centres and organisations to coordinate resources. You can make a donation using the widget on the right or directly here

I am proud to be part of a worldwide community who do care and who have, time and time again responded to a plea for help from their fellow man.  

So I raise a glass of Bacon Beer to you all to say thanks to each and everyone of you. 

Without your constant help and support the world would be a place that I would not want to imagine.

Mai pals I know that lots of you have been watching the terrible events in Japan unfold over the past few days and feeling like me that you want to help in some way. This is a shocking video which shows the extent of the devastation in the region.

I had a little word with the staff and also the guys at Blogpaws  Be The Change For Pets who came up with a great organisation World Vets who we can all help support who will ensure that aid goes to animal relief that will be so desperately needed over the coming days, weeks and months.

You can get lots more info on the Paws for Japan events here and see exactly what World Vets are doing here.

So this year instead of celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the PawPawty on St Patrick's day 17th March with a pawty we will be supporting a day long  Paws for Japan event which will take the form of blogging, tweeting and facebooking to raise awareness of the work carried out by World Vets.

So wear your St Pawtrick's day outfit with pride but also please consider donating to this worthy event which will help the anipals in Japan. We all know that animals play a large part in the healing process after any kind of stressful event so right now the anipals and the people of Japan need all of the help they can get.

How you can Help

1. Grab the badge(s).you can find the code you need here

Paws for Japan

2. On March 17th, post, tweet, or share on Facebook about the World Vets effort for animal relief in Japan. Be as creative as you wish in promoting the cause!

3. We will create a blog hop using Linky Tools. Please add your blog link.

4. You can also add the World Vets Chip in Widget to your blog or website the info you need is here.

We really hope that the anipal community will come together once again on the 17th to show the world the extent of PawPower!

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