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Rebel Wilson's 'Pooch Perfect' Staffers Laugh Off 'Doggie Abuse' Claims, Say Pups Are Treated Like Royalty!

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Source: Christopher Willard/ABC

Apr. 3 2021, Published 1:22 p.m. ET

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Rebel Wilson's Pooch Perfect show may be in the doghouse with viewers, but staffers behind the pup makeover competition tell Radar those "doggie abuse" claims couldn't be further from the truth.

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Twitter lit up after the show's Tuesday premiere with several viewers spouting off concerns for the pooches who were being dyed and morphed into completely different animals altogether. 

Some stated they were "traumatized" after watching the competing teams and scolded ABC for capitalizing off of the animals.  

One team works hard to transform a dog into a skunk
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PETA even jumped on board claiming "Pooch Perfect" can be dangerous for at-home pets whose owners might attempt to copy the colorful scenes without having any experience.

But Radar can exclusively report that while "there's been chatter" about the "dog abuse" accusations on set, they are taking every preventative measure to make sure the animals are safe during production.

Our "Perfect Pooch" sources tell us there are "multiple dog handlers" and, in some cases, "dog owners" close by to look after the pets. 

We're also told all the products used to dye the pooches are "100% dog and human friendly." As they put it, "you can eat the products used."

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Rebel Wilson on the hunt of the GOAT of grooming
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Rebel Wilson on the hunt of the GOAT of grooming

While many viewers are angry over their transformations, Radar has learned that many of the "Pooch Perfect" dogs are actually show dogs, and "they're used to this sort of upkeep." 

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Episode one of the competition series featured 10 grooming teams all hoping to stay in the running for the $100,000 grand prize! Rebel Wilson is the host but she's not the only familiar face on the show.

Rebel Wilson's 'Pooch Perfect' Show Facing Backlash, Accused Of 'Doggie Abuse

“Pooch Perfect” contestant taking a break to give a pup some love
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“Pooch Perfect” contestant taking a break to give a pup some love

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Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump is a judge on the new series and everyone knows she's a huge animal advocate. That didn't stop viewers from lashing out on social media though.

"Just saw a commercial for #PoochPerfect. Anyone else think that looks like doggie abuse? I mean," one person posted to Twitter. "You can't convince me dogs like being poked, cut, bejeweled, and dressed up like this," stated another.

"That show went from aww cute to omg are those dogs to 'I'm traumatized' real quick," wrote a third.

Radar has reached out to Lisa Vanderpump and ABC for comment. 

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