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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - Page updated at 06:00 a.m.
Belfast dog to be put to sleep after 2-year fight
The Associated Press
A pug-nosed Belfast dog named Lennox has inspired a two-year legal fight and animal-rights protests on both sides of the Atlantic. But he's about to die at the insistence of Belfast City Council.
Dog wardens deemed the pit bull-type dog a public danger and seized him from his family two years ago. Northern Ireland's senior appeals court last month upheld two 2011 court rulings that Lennox should be put to sleep. The time for further legal appeals expired Tuesday.
His family argues that 7-year-old Lennox is not even a bit bull, has never attacked anyone and could be resettled outside Northern Ireland rather than be killed. His case attracted worldwide attention through dedicated Web sites, an online petition and social media campaign and spurred protests in Belfast and New York.
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