Walmart, Sears, Amazon, and Unbeatable Sale.com pulled a completely tasteless foam filled latex dead dog Halloween prop on Tuesday afternoon amidst a total outrage which clamored through social media beginning late Monday afternoon.
The product was described as:
“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.”
The Facebook page of Sears burned with criticism and threats from loyal customers who vowed never again to purchase anything from the store which began as a mail order catalog at the end of the nineteenth century.
One Facebook poster was so outraged that Sears wouldn't respond, she stated:
"Donna Santosuosso Lipari: As an Animal advocate...you can count me out as a Sears customer...I am OUTRAGED by the selling of the Halloween dead dog prop and unless and until you rectify this by removing it from your shelves, giving a public apology and donating to an animal's recovery who has suffered immense cruelty of this sort...I will do my level best to appeal to all 800+ FB friends..and in turn ask them to do the same..to boycott your store. This is a disgusting move on Sears' part and your brand name will disintegrate before your very eyes. If this post happens to mysteriously disappear, I will know for certain that you have read it...and although those who read your page will not be privy to it...my posts will be set to public to let your customers know that the powers that be at Sears are cowards and will not address the subject head on nor listen to the requests of its patrons."
Sears did respond later in the day with the following:
"We appreciate your feedback. This item is a 3rd party Sears Marketplace product that does not abide with our guidelines and is being removed."
According to the Consumerist, Amazon.com stated they did not sell the dead dog prop, and were waiting for a clarification if the item was pulled by the third party seller. Walmart apologized, and stated they were disappointed the item was on their site by one of their Marketplace retailers.
Ironically the item has been for sale on other Internet websites for a few months.
Halloween is famous for ghouls, ghosts, zombies, and of course the occasional vampire, but people are not amused by animal cruelty. Pet parents are warned to keep their pets safe during the Halloween mischief nights. Black cats have notoriously become victims of pranksters and cruel treatment.
Hardly a day goes by when one doesn't read online or hear on the nightly news of an egregious case of animal cruelty. Whose heart doesn't break as an innocent dog lies at a veterinarian hospital desperately fighting for his life after some cruel culprit dragged him behind his truck? International news often brims over with despicable photographs of dogs being skinned alive.
Walmart originally claimed the item was "for all occasions." It sells for $126.39.
"I'd gladly embrace someone donating that $126.39 to a local animal shelter or rescue who is caring for a dog in need of medical treatment and help to save a life. Halloween is supposed to be fun; not some crazy Chuckie kind of sick depiction of disgusting animal cruelty," stated Paul McPherson, an animal advocate from Montreal.
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