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'Dog Wars' Android app still 'sick, disgusting,' even under new name, LAPD union boss says

'Dog Wars' Android app still 'sick, disgusting,' even under new name, LAPD union boss says

The head of the Los Angeles Police Department's officers union said that it was unacceptable for the makers of the controversial "Dog Wars" phone app to rename it "KG Dogfighting" and put it back on the market.

Paul M. Weber, who has been leading a law enforcement charge against the app, said renaming it "does not make it any less sick, disgusting or appalling."

He repeated his call that the game be pulled off the market.

"The entire concept is repulsive and sickening, and it is absolutely the wrong message to send to our children. We once again call on Google to follow the lead of Apple and ban this game from its website and all products they sell," he said. "Doing anything short of voluntarily banning the game from its products shows that Google is willing to put profit over public safety."

The game had been temporarily removed by Android Marketplace last week but was back up for sale with the new name Saturday.

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.

Animal welfare groups, including the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, have echoed the L.A. police group's sentiments, as has Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who was convicted and imprisoned for dogfighting.

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.


Dogfighting app called 'cruel,' 'sickening' by LAPD union chief 

Michael Vick: Dogfighting app for Android glorifies animal cruelty

Dogfighting phone app creators say game is meant to 'educate public' 

-- Andrew Blankstein

Image: Android Marketplace

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It's a game people, get over it.

I urge Google to permanently ban this application immediately from Android Market, under this or any other name. Or at very least, provide a public statement as to what guidelines they used to approve its sale through a Google business unit.

Should they continue to allow the use any of their portals for any apps which simulate gratuitous violence (unprovoked or excessive force) or any associated activities (dog training for fighting), Google will miss the mark for corporate responsibility. That is not to suggest censorship or other governmental intervention.

We can only hope Google would consider how the continued sale of this app risks alienating many potential customers, including the hundreds of millions of folks who have companion animals in their household, and instead step up to the plate and take a decisive position barring antisocial apps like this. That would clear up the serious reservation I currently have about whether or not to go to the Android platform or continue using any Google portal, just speaking for myself.


Listen I feel this is a terrible past time BUT


If people want to play the game they can. Google touts the openness of it's platform. If this is permanently banned then we can expect in the future more and more app will be banned because they do not sit well with others.

There is a very similar game to this on the market but involves the mafia. Should that app be pulled because it involves the killing of other people and simulated drug running?

A lot of people are defending this disgusting app by comparing it to grandtheft auto. While grandtheft obviously is just a game, normal people wouldn't shoot or stab or run over people in public and go play chasing with the cops. This app is different and as horrible as an app that rapes and exploits children. It is a real dilemma in different parts of the world. But the real difference is it's easy to do without having to fear of getting caught. Just like molesting a 4 year old. They're defenseless. This app is so realistic people might enjoy it and do it for real. Just
Like how it's disturbing when people watch child porn.

I own an Android phone and was beyond shocked to learn that Android Marketplace was selling an app called "Dog Wars" that glamorizes dogfighting. During dogfights, dogs are encouraged to fight to the death, and the fight can go on for hours--until both dogs are exhausted and at least one is seriously injured or dead.

I hope Google will make the compassionate decision not to support dogfighting by banning this app permanently!

I was very seriously considering the purchase of an Android phone when my iPhone contract was up. But the fact that they allow any app to be posted to the marketplace is somewhat disappointing. I understand free speech and all, but this is company that can exercise the right to refuse service to anyone.
I am involved in animal rescue, and I find that the mere fact that they were allowed to sell this is unacceptable.
What if they developed a game that gave street cred for rape and pillaging, would people be outraged? I would hope so, but I am sure that there are sick people that would buy that as well

Reminds me of that one game where you have to shake a baby, remember? Yeah they banned that game.
I haven't played the game so I'm not sure if it is considered "educational", but I highly doubt it is.

Dont Play it, dont buy android platform devices, dont google, thats your right. Just like its theirs to produce and sell this product.
How about focusing on making a real difference, help the homeless, rid the streets of gangs, something. Quit wasting tax dollars on this and do your job. Your personal opinion is affecting your work performance.

Make a fuss over it, raise awareness, then move on to something more productive. It is after all a game if your an adult play if you want. If you are concerned about your kid playing it censor your own brats its our job as parents.

So wait...it's ok to play a game where you blow other guys heads off, chop them up with axes etc and nobody says a word. It's a game right? But if you make it about dogs...whoa...WHOA! Everyone is up in arms. Hypocrites. You dog lovers make me want to vomit. I like most dogs but they are NOT superior to humans.

To those who support this horrendous app:

While you are entitled to hold an uninformed opinion, you are not entitled to make stuff up and call it a valid argument.


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