Controversial Dog Wars app renamed KG Dogfighting, back on sale
The controversial Dog Wars app has been renamed KG Dogfighting and is back up on the Android Marketplace.
In the letter sent Thursday to Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, Los Angeles Police Protective League President Paul M. Weber urged Google "to do the right thing and ban this game permanently."
"The game teaches users how to breed, train, fight, medicate and kill virtual dogs," Weber wrote on behalf of the union's 9,900 rank-and-file members. "The entire concept is repulsive and sickening," Weber said, noting that the app simulates dogfighting, which is a felony offense in all 50 states.
The Dog Wars app for the Android smartphone encourages players to "Raise your dog to beat the best" and allows players to train a virtual pit bull to fight other virtual dogs and build street cred that "puts money in your pocket and lets you earn more in fights."
The company's website notes that the game player has a "gun for police raids and can inject the dog with steroids."
A Google representative said the application was "removed based on a trademark infringement complaint" but did not immediately say whether the app would be sold again if those issues were resolved. Google did not immediately respond to questions about the game's renaming.
Kage Games, the creators of the Dog Wars application, said in an email to The Times this week that the game was meant to educate the public on the evils of animal cruelty.
-- Andrew Blankstein