Breaking news – Hank the ‘pit bull’ spared

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Thousands of people from across the world have put their support behind a pit bull type of dog named “Hank” who was seized from his family in Belfast, Ireland, because of his appearance and breed specific legislation. On Thursday, the “Save Hank” Facebook page made a huge announcement with a simple hashtag which reads “#‎hanksbeensaved‬.”

Shortly before the “Hanksbeensaved” comment, the Facebook page offered a positive update to followers, “We have received word from BCC that their assessment has concluded. They have deemed Hank to be “Pitbull Terrier type” but his “temperament is such that it does not pose a risk to the public”. The court hearing for the exemption order is set for next Tuesday. Effectively this means that Hank will almost certainly come home on Tuesday!!”

Hank, who is reported to be a Staffie/Labrador retriever mix, was seized from his family by eight police officers and four dog wardens on July 14. Hank’s owners,  Joanne Meadows and Leonard Collins, proceeded to fight to save their beloved dog. Over 270,000 people signed a Change.org petition on Hank’s behalf and high-profile celebrities, including trainer Victoria Stilwell and broadcaster Dermot O’Leary, were vocal in their support of the seized dog.

(Photo Save Hank Facebook page)

 

 

22 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Thank goodness someone used their head and is letting the dog go home. BSL is stupid, it doesn’t solve any dog bite problems, just condemns innocent dogs!

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  2. Drema Fowler says:

    For those who say BSLEEP doesn’t work, Tell that to all the children and people who lost their lives to brutal mausing by these breeds. People are raised thinking animals think and behave like people, we give them people charistics , we dress them up in cute hats and cloths, we demand they have rights over the safety of our babies ( I refer to the 2 infants we lost by pitbull maulings), or over the respect of our neighbors or children playing outside. There is a reason we have BSL, let’s not forget it.

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    • TiredOfMorons says:

      You’re very misinformed, but go ahead and believe what the media tells you. 98% of these “pit bulls” the media accuses are NOT pit bulls at all.

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    • Barkley's Mom says:

      Yes there is a reason we have BSL, It’s because of ignorant statements like yours. Any babies that have died because of the vicious “pit bull” has a margin of human error involved. No baby should be left anywhere near ANY dog. Most incidences would have been avoided had the humans used their heads.

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    • Patience Miller says:

      Well you pointed out the problem in your post didn’t you? It is the PEOPLE not the dogs that are the problem. You would have to ban all dogs to make it completely safe. There are laws in place, we don’t need more.
      Your post is very suspicious to me….2 infants? And where were you then?

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      • Marilyn bartoli says:

        So true!! My mom bent down to pet a neighbors Chuauawa, & the dog bit her bad on the nose! !!!

    • Eloise says:

      That is just labelling a dog not just pit bulls have done this,so have other breeds and there still legal it’s how they get brought up that’s what matters

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    • Miranda Taylor says:

      You are seriously misinformed. You may want to look up Ontario’s BSL laws and what FACTS state. Because the FACTS stated that between 2009-2014 there were in fact MORE dog bites regardless of the BSL’s towards pitbulls and in FACT dog bites had doubled! And they weren’t by pitbulls either. They banned them and they doubled their dog bites by other larger dogs in fact due to ppl training them to be aggressive!!!

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    • Marilyn bartoli says:

      It’s ignorant believes such as this that created BSL , aggressiveness is not a trait born in a Dog. It is how a Dog is raised, this is only an intelligent realization /fact.You might feel differently if you saw the video that I saw DOZENS UPON DOZENS UPON DOZENS PILED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER, DEAD PITBULL TYPE /PITBULLS. Most were loving family Dogs

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  3. bonniewelch says:

    WHAT HAPPENED TO LENNOX WAS DOWN RIGHT WRONG AND THE PERSON WHO ORDERED HIM TO BE PUT DOWN SHOULD OF BEEN PUT DOWN!!!!! THERES NO REASON TO BE SEIZING ANY DOG. GO AFTER THE SUB-HUMANS WHO MAKE THEM THE WAY THEY ARE “IF” THEY GET MEAN!!!!!!!

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  4. Lisa Burger Clesi says:

    Im very happy Hank was spared but i wont celebrate until he’s actually home. When you get him home please look after him you cant trust anybody. Now we need to FreeMarley!! Rip! Lennox you may be gone but never forgotten!

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  5. Jane Marie says:

    I bet they wish they hadn’t wasted all the money they have to seize a dog that is just going back home.. I hope he hasn’t had any permanent trauma from this. CONGRATULATIONS FOR FIGHTING AND WINNING FOR YOUR DOG!

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  6. Fabiola Gomez says:

    Oh! God I just ask you to have mercy with all this ignorants people’s the make this ridiculous laws, no animals are dangerous, yes God created us and created the animals and he gave us the power to defend in many ways but it doesn’t mean they are dangerous is the owners fault is like raising a kid if you don’t teach them respect what can you expect. Iam very happy Hank will be home with his family, we need to fight to end this abuse with all the innocents dogs. God bless

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