REBEL Wilson’s new ABC series, Pooch Perfect, is being slammed for “animal abuse” after showing dogs being “dressed up” and having their fur dyed.
The eight-episode series is a dog grooming reality competition show that premiered on Tuesday.
Rebel Wilson’s new show Pooch Perfect is being slammed for ‘animal abuse’Credit: ABC
One Twitter user wrote: “You can’t convince me dogs like being poked, cut, bejeweled, and dressed up like this.”
Another said: “It hurts my heart. I have many questions, but overall it boils down to, how unhappy are those poor dogs going thru all that makeover stuff?!”
A third wrote: “Anybody else think this is kinda animal abuse? I’m uncomfortable.”
There are 10 top dog groomers from across the country competing with their assistants on Pooch Perfect.
Some viewers think it’s ‘cruel’ how the dogs are being ‘poked, cut, and bejeweled’ on the showCredit: Getty
The upset viewers are also blasting the show for dyeing the dogs’ furCredit: Getty
There are 10 top dog groomers competing with their with assistants on Pooch Perfect.Credit: Getty
Contestants must pull off big transformations on their pups using their dogs’ manes to create intricate looks.
Rebel hosts the ABC competition series, while Lisa Vanderpump, Dr. Callie Harris and Jorge Bendersky are judges.
As promo trailers made the rounds on social media and after the first episode premiered on Tuesday, some viewers took issue with the dogs being “poked, cut, bejeweled, and dressed up.”
One upset viewer tweeted: “I’m really bothered by #PoochPerfect on ABC. Who decided this was ok?! Those poor pups don’t need to be dyed no matter how safe it is. It’s disgusting.”
Over the course of the show, dogs are turned into flowers, other animals, and dressed up in bright colorsCredit: Getty
Rebel is the host of the ABC series, while Lisa Vanderpump, Dr. Callie Harris and Jorge Bendersky are judgesCredit: Getty
Others said the dogs are going to be “traumatized” from this experience and that the whole thing is “cruel,” adding that the animals shouldn’t be used as “props.”
Slamming the network the show airs on, one user wrote that they’re “shocked @ABCNetwork was so tone deaf in green lighting this series.”
Over the course of season, dogs are turned into flowers, other animals, and dressed up in bright colors.
Rebel has been doing press for the show and was on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this weekCredit: Getty
One dog was dressed up as a pumpkin for the first episodeCredit: Getty
Dog groomer Alyssa turned her pup into a pumpkin for the opening episode.
Other transformations included a peacock, fish and tiger.
Speaking to The Post, judge and groomer Jorge said: “It’s a competition of the rock stars for the grooming industry. They’re trendsetters.
“They don’t follow breed standards. They think outside the box – and that box has four legs.”
Each week groomers will take part in an Immunity Puppertunity challenge, where immunity is up for grabs for one duo, and those who don’t win are put in the Ultimutt Challenge showdown.
Judges will vote on the contestants’ work and one team will end up in the doghouse, and at the end of the series, there’s a cash prize and trophy up for grabs.