A Proper Behaviour Assessment May Have Saved Lennox

The euthanasia of Lennox – a dog accused of being a Pit Bull cross and of behaving aggressively should be a warming to us all.

Whatever are the details of the case, one fact is certain. Lennox has done no harm. He has not threatened or injured any person or animal and his assessment of being a ‘threat’ is based on here-say, just like his assessment of being a Pit Bull.

So what are the lessons to be learned from this case?

First, is that a Council worker is not a behaviour assessment expert. Council workers are employed to communicate laws, administer fines and collect dogs. They are in no position to make an informed judgement about a dog’s aggression levels. This should be left to behaviour experts.

Second, is that the breed of a dog should not be used as a weapon to condemn him. Many dogs bite, some breeds can do more damage but a breed is not an identifier of aggression.

With the international publicity surrounding Lennox’s fate it is hope that some good would come from this tragic story.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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