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Sickening "Dog Wars" Game Muzzled

The Los Angeles police union took a stand against a mobile game featuring dog fighting, which may have partially led to its removal.

April 28, 2011  |  by Los Angeles Police Protective League


Editor's Note: This blog post first appeared on the Los Angeles Police Protective League's website.

When the media started calling on Tuesday for the League's comment on a new Android video game app, we took one look at the content and decided to take the gloves off. The game in question was the sickening "Dog Wars," which lets players raise and train their virtual dogs to fight. "Raise your dog to beat the best," read the app's tag line, while the website offering it as a free download invited visitors to "Feed, water, train and FIGHT your virtual dog against other players."

League President Paul Weber fielded media calls throughout the day, branding the game as "sickening" and calling for its immediate removal from the website and the Android Market. "It's absolutely the wrong message to send our children," Weber told the Los Angeles Times, "because it encourages cruelty to dogs and could serve as a virtual training ground for people to try dog fighting in real life."

Particularly galling to us was the note on the game's website touting player options including a "gun for police raids" and the ability to "inject the dog with steroids." At a time marked by rising violence against police officers nationwide, this was completely irresponsible and offensive.

Shortly after the League's widely covered news conference on Tuesday afternoon, the game was removed from the Android Market. We don't know whether Kage Games, the developer, decided to take it down or whether Google removed it as a terms-of-service violation, but in a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, Weber asked that the game's removal be made permanent. It's the right thing to do.


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Tim @ 4/30/2011 8:15 AM

Thank God this horrible app was pulled, I decided to get rid of my Droid and get an I-phone because of this cruel application. what sick morna would develop such crap. Hats off to whoever is responsible for pulling this app/

Christopher Corbett @ 5/2/2011 12:25 PM

Ban all video games that portray illegal acts... Let's only have "G" rated movies while we are at it! There are thousands of them out there. And if you think that they are only on the Android phones and not on the iPhone, you are sadly mistaken.

Parents should be raising their kids with good ethics and morals. We can't depend on anyone else to do it!

Unfortunately, we do not live in a world where everything is like "Leave it to Beaver."

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