|Death: ||Jul. 11, 2012, Ireland|
Despite a global outcry from animal rights activists, a dog was put to sleep in Belfast, Ireland, on Wednesday because city officials said he looked like a pit bull.
The 7-year-old pug-nosed dog, Lennox, was at the center of a two-year legal battle between his owners and the Belfast City Council. The city's dog wardens seized Lennox in 2010, claiming he was a dangerous "pit bull-type dog," according to The Associated Press. Pit bulls are illegal in the United Kingdom.
Lennox's owners argued he was not only not dangerous—he was not even a pit bull. In court, Lennox's owner Caroline Barnes said the dog had never bitten anyone, but that she would muzzle him around strangers.
Created by: Marilyn
Record added: Jul 11, 2012
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