Update 9/18/13: According to the Business Insider, Amazon was also carrying this product. Following the huge outcry from consumers, all three retailers have pulled the product from their online stores.
On Monday night, Facebook lit up with outraged posts from dog lovers who were in shock after discovering that a gruesome "dead dog" prop was offered up for sale at two major retailers.
The tasteless "prop," featured a dead dog who had been skinned and was tethered to a chain; the grotesque item was provided for sale via Sears and Walmart.
The product description painted the ugly visual:
“foam filled latex prop of a skinned dog with a large tire track squished through its mid torso. Chain attached for dragging purposes. You have seen bloody road kill, this is bloody road kill,”
Not only was the prop disturbing, some feared that it could encourage consumers to view animal cruelty in such a way that it would not be considered "wrong," or worse, that it might encourage abuse.
One concerned individual left a comment on the Facebook page for Sears, stating:
Shame on you for carrying the Dead Dog Prop. I have been a long time Sears customer that I promise you will be losing if this item is not removed. Things like that actually happen.
Dogs being dragged by chains and the photos being posted on Facebook. Their (sic) is a current animal cruelty case going on right now with regard to a dog being skinned and tied to a tree. This borders on encouraging it.
There are just some things that are in poor taste and this is one of them. I am deeply disappointed by the fact that your company did not exercise better judgement.
The retailers were listening to the thousands of outraged consumers. By Tuesday, both retailers had pulled the product from their sites.
Sears responded to one of the people who left a comment on their Facebook page, stating:
We appreciate your feedback. This item is a 3rd party Sears Marketplace product that does not abide with our guidelines and is being removed.
The product has also been deleted from the Walmart mobile site.
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