July 12, 2012, 11:53 AM — Even as the dog at the center of a global animal rights battle was put to death on Wednesday, social networks
proved to be a massive weapon for protestors.
Lennox, a seven-year-old black dog who lived with his family in Belfast, Ireland,
became the center of a hailstorm of media attention and worldwide protests after dog wardens seized him because
they considered him a pit bull type of dog and, thus, a public danger. Pit bulls are banned under the U.K.'s
Dangerous Dog act.
The dog's owners say Lennox was a mix of American bulldog and Labrador, but Belfast dog wardens called him a
"possible pitbull type."
The dog, first taken from his owners in 2010, was put down today after numerous court battles and great public
And while the dog's owner, Caroline Barnes, lost the battle to save her dog, she was far from alone in her
protests. Lennox's supporters took to social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, to put out pleas for people to
join them in their appeals to keep Lennox alive and relocate him outside of the area.
The dog's saga spread far, lighting up social networks.
Many people filled their own personal Facebook posts with pleas for their online friends to sign petitions and
join the protest. Others took to Twitter to vent their frustrations and ask for support.
"Destroying a dog that had no history of aggression is folly and shames society," tweeted @DUPleader.
And @AliciaLaraLA tweeted: "Always wanted to go to Ireland but after all this with #LENNOX, Belfast is one place
I'll never be visiting..."
Brad Shimmin, an analyst with CurrentAnalysis, noted that social networks not only served to build protests to
try to save Lennox but gave people concerned about the situation a place to gather and share their frustrations and