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Rebel Wilson's US version of Pooch Perfect slammed by PETA

Rebel Wilson's US version of Pooch Perfect slammed by PETA

Rebel Wilson's pet grooming show Pooch Perfect is facing a backlash with a controversial animal rights group labelling it " dangerous"

The American version debuted on US network ABC on Tuesday with 10 teams vying for the $100,000 prize.

One of the episode’s challenges was to use tie-dye to transform the pets from everyday doggies to colourful creations.

However, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals slammed the show, saying using dyes on dogs risks allergic reactions and fatal poisoning.

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“Dogs trust us to keep them safe, but shows like Pooch Perfect can encourage people to treat them as if they were things to decorate, like a ceramic pot, giving them dangerous at-home dye jobs, which not only carry the risk of an allergic reaction or fatal toxic poisoning but also stress them out,” PETA said in a statement.

“The dogs used on this show aren't things but beings, and they deserve to curl up at home with a loving guardian — instead of having to put up with being leashed to a countertop and painted and prodded by strangers for hours on end.”

Some viewers were also less than impressed, labelling the show “doggie abuse” on social media.

“I liked the first segment, but subjecting a pooch to 4 hours of coloring , cutting, etc. seems a bit much,” one Twitter user wrote.

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“Just saw a commercial for #PoochPerfect. Anyone else think that looks like doggie abuse? I mean,” wrote another.

“You can't convince me dogs like being poked, cut, bejeweled, and dressed up like this,” a third viewer wrote.

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Rebel has hosted dog Pooch Perfect since it launched in Australia on Seven.

Earlier this month she showed her love for animals by posting a foul-mouthed rebuke to irresponsible dog owners after she was injured while out cycling in London.

Along with a photo of her left leg covered in icepacks, Wilson wrote on Instagram: “F**k people who don’t have dogs on the lead and let them run onto the road!”