A networking effort in recent days saved the life of a sweet black cat who was given a death sentence at NYC ACC because the person turning him in said he had attacked someone. Lennox’s life was spared and he was rescued.
Lennox the cat was turned over to NYC Animal Care and Control with the accusation that he had attacked someone. This was an undocumented claim that the friendly cat had scratched someone. For this he was slated by the New York City Department of Health for death, under the Euthanasia Only intake designation at the animal control facility. While at NYC ACC, Lennox earned the highest behavioral rating and did not show aggression. He “emphatically and unambiguously demonstrated to ACC staff that he has an outstanding, loving, and gentle personality” as stated in the petition asking for him to be spared. According to an Action Alert note posted by PJ McKosky, an instrumental player in the effort to save Lennox, NYC ACC’s own documents [say] Lennox’s behavior includes: “”headbutting, sniffs, soft+relaxed, front of cage, NO AGGRESSION”. Lennox was unneutered, and his supporters wondered if he may have showed some aggressiveness in a moment of stress or mishandling, showing behavior affected by his unneutered state.
Lennox’s advocates, felt he deserved the chance to get a second chance at life. Animal activist John Sibley posted a petition at Change.org, titled New York City Department of Health, Commissioner: Release Lennox the cat (A0924675) to rescue!. The petition and a successful networking campaign saved Lennox; despite his death sentence, the NYC ACC relented and allowed him to be taken for rescue.
Concerned animal lovers signed the petition, wrote and called the appropriate public health and animal control personnel, and shared Lennox’s plight. Their efforts won Lennox his life and allowed him to be rescued. K9 Kastle has teken Lennox in. Despite the name, K( Kastle rescues and adopts out cats as well as dogs.