THIS Morning viewers were left outraged today as an American woman appeared on the programme to show off her pink dog.
Laura Schakosky, from Texas, spends $4000 dollars a year on pampering her pooch and that includes monthly trips to the salon to have its fur dyed pink.
Speaking on This Morning about her bizarre decision to dye her dog, she said: “I dyed her pink a year and half ago and I was online looking for cool outfits for her and all of a sudden I saw these pictures of these different dogs in Asia in all these different colours.
“I was like that is so cool and I thought ‘I wonder if my groomer can do this’. So I went to the groomer and they said absolutely we do it all the time, especially during Halloween.”
When questioned by Ruth and Eamonn about whether it was cruel for the dog, she said: “Before I ended up dying Jewell, I went to the vet and asked them, they looked it up for me and the whole thing has been approved.”
She continued claiming that dogs actually prefer being dyed than being shaved, saying: “It’s vegetable dye. The dog feels shamed more if they are shaved rather than coloured.”
Those watching at home weren’t so sure though and took to social media to blast her decision – sparking a debate about animal cruelty.
One outraged viewer tweeted: “Arrest her for abuse! The dog had no say on this and it looks so miserable. Abuse! @thismorning #ThisMorning.”
Another wrote: “That should be cruelty, the poor dog looks sick of its life 😢🐶 @thismorning #ThisMorning.”
Someone else remarked: “#ThisMorning dying a dog pink is wrong, surely that’s animal abuse?!”
And a further person remarked: “Can’t believe what I’m seeing….. WHY does this lady think it’s ok to DYE her dog PINK? Doesn’t deserve a dog! #ThisMorning.”
Animal organisation PETA have previously spoken out again dyeing dogs, saying: “Dogs are smart, complex animals, not toys, so it’s no treat for them to be dyed as if they were nothing more than accessories.
“People need to know that there is no safe way to dye a dog or any other animal.
“They can get water in their ears (which isn’t as simple as when it happens to a human; it can lead to all sorts of complications) or have an allergic reaction – even a fatal one. There is simply no way to know how your animal will react.
“PETA would urge people to let dogs be dogs: Love and appreciate them for their natural beauty and leave them out of our confusing human shenanigans”
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