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

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Source: MEGA; ABC/Christopher Willard

Apr. 1 2021, Updated 11:08 p.m. ET

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Rebel Wilson's "Pooch Perfect" is facing some major backlash with several people calling ABC out accusing them of "doggie abuse." After its series premiere on Tuesday, Twitter lit up with viewers slamming the new competition show which featured 10 grooming teams and a whopping $100,000 grand prize!

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The first task? Turn each dirty doggy into a "prized pooch." The teams were then asked to transform the dogs into different animals entirely. 

One pup was turned into a tiger. Others were morphed into polka-dotted creatures and multi-colored clown-like figures. 

"Pooch Perfect" watchers immediately voiced their concerns on social media, with one person noting, "That show went from aww cute to omg are those dogs to 'I'm traumatized' real quick." Others followed suit with many throwing out accusations of "abuse."

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Dog on 'Pooch Perfect'
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Dog on 'Pooch Perfect'

"Just saw a commercial for #PoochPerfect. Anyone else think that looks like doggie abuse? I mean," a concerned viewer wrote. "You can't convince me dogs like being poked, cut, bejeweled, and dressed up like this," added someone else. 

PETA heard the pooch lovers' concerns and released a statement, claiming the show can be dangerous for at-home pets. 

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Speaking out to The Wrap, PETA said the dog-focused competition series “can encourage people to restrain their dog and reach for the dye.”

“Dogs are smart, loyal individuals — they’re not here for human amusement, and unfortunately, shows like ‘Pooch Perfect’ can encourage people to restrain their dog and reach for the dye, even though doing so runs the risk of causing an allergic reaction that could even be fatal, in addition to stressing the animal," they warned. 

Rebel Wilson on 'Pooch Perfect'
Source: ABC/Christopher Willard

Rebel Wilson on 'Pooch Perfect'

“PETA reminds animal guardians that dogs love us just the way we are — and we should respect them enough to do the same for them.”

While the show's host is Rebel Wilson, the competition series also features another familiar face as a judge: Lisa Vanderpump.

Radar has reached out to ABC for comment.

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