Lisa Vanderpump is defending Pooch Perfect after fans accused the new competition show of "doggie abuse."
After the ABC program's first episode aired last week, viewers immediately took to social media and tore the show apart. Some said they were "traumatized" from watching the dogs be morphed into completely different animals with dye and haircuts.
Others stated that such treatment should be considered "abuse."
While Radar spoke to an insider who insured us the doggies on set are treated like royalty and cared for by "multiple dog handlers," fans weren't letting Lisa Vanderpump off the hook that easy.
It's taken one week but the former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star is finally addressing the claims, well, sort of.
Taking to her social media on Monday, Lisa Vanderpump retweeted a post shared by one of the show's professional dog handlers, Loran Morgan.
After someone tweeted they had "so many issues" with Pooch Perfect and pled "tell me these pets are ok," Loran wasted no time defending the show.
"It’s all non toxic dye I promise you!" he wrote, adding, "These dogs had the time of their lives on this show. They were treated like royalty!"
Loran also spoke up on behalf of Lisa Vanderpump who is a huge animal advocate.
"And be assured @LisaVanderpump would never put her name on a show that didn’t treat animals like royalty," he added. Lisa Vanderpump's retweet says it all.
As Radar exclusively reported, there was chatter of the "doggie abuse" allegations on the Pooch Perfect set but staffers immediately laughed them off because they knew the truth.
Our sources told us there are "multiple dog handlers" and, in some cases, "dog owners" close by to look after the pets. They also stated that many of the animals are show dogs and "they're used to this sort of upkeep."
It’s all non toxic dye I promise you! It washes out! These dogs had the time of their lives on this show. They were treated like royalty! I treated them like they were my own. And be assured @LisaVanderpump would never put her name on a show that didn’t treat animals like royalty— Loran Morgan (@loranm73) April 7, 2021
The "show dog" comment did not sit well with PETA who lashed out, telling Radar, "Claiming that it’s OK to torment “show dogs” is like justifying the exploitation of 'circus elephants.'"
The first Pooch Perfect episode introduced 10 grooming teams all competing for the $100,000 grand prize at the end. Lisa Vanderpump is among the judges while the show's host is Rebel Wilson.