He Was Taken From His Family Since He Resembled A Pit Bull, But They’ve Fought Hard To Get Him BackAshley Maisano
Hank, a two-year-old dog, is friendly, laid back, and extremely affectionate. But this didn’t matter to eight cops and four animal control officers who showed up at his family’s doorstep and took Hank away with them while no one was home, leaving behind nothing but a note. Although Hank may actually be a cross between a Staffordshire bull terrier and a Labrador, authorities took him away because he resembles too closely to a Pit bull.
You may be thinking, “so what?” But sadly, owning a Pit bull (or a dog that even looks like one) is illegal in Northern Ireland. So Hank was seized under Dogs Order 1983 and taken to an undisclosed location. The worst part? His humans, Leonard Collins and Joanne Meadows, were not even allowed to see him, even despite him possibly being put down soon.
It seems a neighbor had reported Hank to authorities. “I can’t fathom why anyone would report him,” Collins told BBC News. “He lazes about for 90 percent of the day and wants to play the other 10 percent.”
The family has since lobbied authorities to release their dog and have been fighting to win him back in court. After a massive public outcry, headlines that plastered papers across the world, and an online petition that had nearly 300,000 signatures, Hank is finally going back home to his family in Belfast, Northern Ireland!
The dog is being released following certain court-mandated conditions. For now, Hank will remain in the council’s custody while those conditions, which include training for certain behavioral issues, are being met.
His reunion with his family can take place as soon as August 5th. Follow updates on Hank on their Facebook page, Save Hank.