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In Northern Ireland 2010, Lennox was take into custody because he looks similar to a pit bull. Under Northern Ireland’s Dangerous Dog Act, they have the right to euthanize Lennox according to The (UK) Guardian.  Lennox has been kept from his family ever since he was taken away from them back in 2010. Last week, the countries highest court rejected the final appeal for Lennox to be saved and returned to his family. Now the case will have to be appealed on a point of law to protect him. On top of all that, Northern Ireland is making it illegal for people in the country to own a pit bull or anything that looks like a pit bull. The court says its the families responsibility to prove that Lennox is not a pit bull. 

The good news is, there is a chance that Lennox can return home. The judge has to rule that the dog is not a danger to the public, however that is rarely seen in these cases and there have been several witnesses saying that Lennox has shown aggressive behavior. Lennox’s family has been fighting and fighting for there beloved dog, they have even started a petition that has already gotten 15,000 signatures. Sadly, Lennox will be euthanized this month unless the queen or secretary of state steps in. Please help and support the fight to free Lennox! 

Here are some petitions you can sign!:  http://www.petitiononline.com/sl190510/petition.html

Facebook page here: 

http://www.facebook.com/TheLennoxCampaign

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On April 30, 2011 Android released a new game application called “Dog Wars”. This is a game where you feed and train your dog and fight them. This is a dog fighting game which lets you enter a ring and go through training to fight them against other virtual dogs, for fake money. They even supplied steroid shots to give the dogs. This game was created by Kage Games LLC. And Android who is owned by Google, added this game to the market.

People playing the game can choose what to feed their dog, it goes anywhere from regular dog food to raw meat. They offer training supplies like steroid shots, shock collars, ropes and even guns. There are training games like tug of war and dragging a large tire to build strength, and after they have trained their dog they can then fight them against other players. 

Dog Wars was thankfully taken off the market and is no longer available. This game is disturbing and cruel! Apparently to Kage Games LLC, dog fighting is funny and is insinuating that pit bulls are inherently aggressive. Dog fighting is inhumane and immoral, it kills and injures dogs and pit bulls suffer many inhumane techniques just to prepare the dogs to fight. Illegal drugs are often used to give the dogs to reduce pain and to enhance muscle on the dogs. Other dogs suffer like “bait dogs” that are used to train and used for bait, even puppies, cats, and kittens are used. Most dogs are killed after and the rest who win a fight are praised. 

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I watched the Animal Planet special on gang dogs, it went into the secret world of different gangs and how dog fighting is a sport in their lives. Most gang members own a pit bull and fight it with a different gang member’s dog to prove which member’s dog is stronger.  Its a status symbol to own a pit bull in these areas and in gangs, and to fight them. I found this program interesting, it really got into the depth of dog fighting and the people who do it. Dog fighting has been increasing over the years, in Ohio, Chicago, and California, where different gangs are located. In mostly everyone’s yard in the gang streets you will see a pit bull in almost every persons yard, using them as savage guard dogs. A lot of the footage used in this program was very disturbing, showing clips from actual dog fights. This is a good example of irresponsible owners, however close to the end of the program they were showing how some people started a class to teach gang members, or just regular people how to bring up a pit bulls responsibly, which i think is great.

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Dog Fighting has been around since the domestication of the dogs, and it is still popular in many parts of the world today. Pit bulls are the chosen dogs for this cruel game. They start training Pit bulls at an early age and the way they train them is also very disturbing. Some common methods of training are:

Treadmill: They place the dogs on the treadmill to increase endurance and cardiovascular fitness

Springpole: A large pole is placed in the ground with a spring hanging down with animal hide or a tire is attached to the spring. The dog is expected to latch on to the item and jump on it.

Jenny: The dog is tied to one pole, while a smaller animal is hung or harnessed from another pole. The dog runs in circles as he or she pressures the prey. The dog is usually rewarded afterwards with the bait once its over.

Chains And Weights: Heavy weights and chains are wrapped around the dogs neck to build upper body strength.

Bait: Animals are tied up and the dog is trained to attack them.

Supplements/Vitamins/Drugs: The most commonly used are B-12, hormones, steroids, weight-gain supplement, creatine, meth, iron/liver extract, and cocaine

The dogs fight in a 14 to 20 square feet and 2 to 3 feet high. Diagonal “scratch lines” are made at opposite ends of the pit. The dogs have to remain behind the lines until the referee calls for the handlers of the dogs to “face your dog” and then “let go” and at that point both dogs lunge at each other. The fights end when either dog turns their head or shoulders away from the opponent. These fights can last up to an hour. This is one sport i do not support, and it must be outlawed (Dog fighting not the pit bulls) This is a form of abusment, and the poor dogs are being trained to do this deed. Ban the deed not the breed!

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