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17th Sep '17 9:22:39 AM Pichu-kun
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* Played with the Trap House in ''Literature/SurvivorDogs''. It's not a negative place however it is scary for dogs. Lucky describes it as unnaturally clean and it is an unpleasant place to be.

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* Played with the Trap House in ''Literature/SurvivorDogs''. It's not a negative place however it is scary for dogs. Lucky describes it as unnaturally clean and that it is an unpleasant place to be.


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* A good chunk of animal shelters bad reputation in America is because they originally were little more than places to house strays before killing them. Back when stray dogs were rampant and they were a public health hazard, shelters focused more on killing the dogs than rehousing them. It wasn't until well into the 20th century that most American shelters changed their priorities.
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9th Jul '17 8:37:13 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/MouseHunt'' had the [[WorldWarTwo doggy concentration camp]] variety. And yes, we see a kitten getting gassed for absolutely no reason.

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* ''Film/MouseHunt'' had the [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII doggy concentration camp]] variety. And yes, we see a kitten getting gassed for absolutely no reason.
9th Jul '17 8:37:01 AM nombretomado
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This is especially the case with TalkingAnimal cartoons, where pounds are depicted as little more than prisons full of animal inmates "serving time" for some alleged misdemeanor offense and hoping to one day see the warm sun and blue skies again. In extreme cases, depictions may even echo [[WorldWarTwo Nazi concentration camps]] with {{Diabolical Dogcatcher}}s deliberately hunting down and impounding innocent household pets by the hundreds (as one New York City pound became infamous for during the 1800s) to be "[[ReleasedToElsewhere put to sleep]]", never to see their beloved family again unless they immediately stage some kind of [[GreatEscape daring jailbreak]].

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This is especially the case with TalkingAnimal cartoons, where pounds are depicted as little more than prisons full of animal inmates "serving time" for some alleged misdemeanor offense and hoping to one day see the warm sun and blue skies again. In extreme cases, depictions may even echo [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Nazi concentration camps]] with {{Diabolical Dogcatcher}}s deliberately hunting down and impounding innocent household pets by the hundreds (as one New York City pound became infamous for during the 1800s) to be "[[ReleasedToElsewhere put to sleep]]", never to see their beloved family again unless they immediately stage some kind of [[GreatEscape daring jailbreak]].
2nd Jul '17 7:33:48 PM angie710
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Now while it is true that animal-control officers may impound problematic or aggressive animals when responding to an emergency call, and that not enough lost pets at animal shelters get reunited with their families, modern (RealLife) animal-control facilities and shelters are nowhere near the depraved standards that fiction likes to depict them with. Animal shelters know firsthand how deeply pets become family members, and have a vested interest in providing their animals with a regular supply of food, shelter, health care, and companionship -- doubly so for "rescue" shelters who specialize in rehabilitating victims of neglect or abuse by previous human owners. Meanwhile, they do their best to get them adopted by loving new guardians or try to find the proper owners of lost animals, while leaving euthanasia as an absolute last resort.

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Now while it is true that animal-control officers may impound problematic or aggressive animals when responding to an emergency call, and that not enough lost pets at animal shelters get reunited with their families, modern (RealLife) animal-control facilities and shelters are nowhere near the depraved standards that fiction likes to depict them with. Animal shelters know firsthand how deeply pets become family members, and have a vested interest in providing their animals with a regular supply of food, shelter, health care, and companionship -- doubly so for "rescue" shelters who specialize in rehabilitating victims of neglect or abuse by previous human owners. Meanwhile, they do their best to get them adopted by loving new guardians or try to find the proper owners of lost animals, while leaving euthanasia as an absolute last resort.
resort (or, in the case of "no-kill" shelters, not using it at all).
5th May '17 3:25:57 PM DaibhidC
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', where Animal Prison is the Pound, with a warden who's a pastiche of dog-trainer Barbara Woodhouse (while still being herself a FunnyAnimal dog).

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', where Animal Doggy Prison is the Pound, with a warden who's a pastiche of dog-trainer Barbara Woodhouse (while still being herself a FunnyAnimal dog).
5th May '17 3:25:38 PM DaibhidC
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* Felix Salten's ''The City Jungle'' is '''Zoo's are Animal Prison's The Novel''' to the point of being extremely {{Anvilicious}} To be fair to Mr. Salten some of his complaints were genuine when the book was written (The early 20th century) not so much today where we have made great advancements in Zoo Design and Animal Healthcare

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* Felix Salten's ''The City Jungle'' is '''Zoo's ''Zoos are Animal Prison's Prisons: The Novel''' Novel'' to the point of being extremely {{Anvilicious}} To be fair to Mr. Salten some of his complaints were genuine when the book was written (The early 20th century) not so much today where we have made great advancements in Zoo Design and Animal Healthcare


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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', where Animal Prison is the Pound, with a warden who's a pastiche of dog-trainer Barbara Woodhouse (while still being herself a FunnyAnimal dog).
6th Apr '17 9:45:55 PM nombretomado
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* Some WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts focusing mainly on [[PlutothePup Pluto]] will often have dog pounds being portrayed as prisons.

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* Some WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts focusing mainly on [[PlutothePup [[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Pluto]] will often have dog pounds being portrayed as prisons.
26th Mar '17 2:03:03 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', the titular dog and cat Mittens are captured by an animal-control officer after an argument between them caused a scene. Bolt is rescued by Rhino en route to the shelter, but Mittens is impounded and fears she will never leave (as nobody will want to adopt her, [[spoiler: an abandoned, declawed housecat]]). Bolt then decides to break Mittens out that night with Rhino's help, which they do.
** Bit of a subversion: it's only a prison from Mittens' point of view. The staff aren't malicious by any measure, the shelter itself is quite clean, and a banner in the entryway is briefly seen promoting a "Pet Adoption Week".
** The dog catcher's van, on the other hand, is a clear parallel to a prison paddywagon, but one could chalk this up to RuleOfDrama.
* ''AllDogsGoToHeaven'' starts with Charlie breaking out of a dog pound, the whole sequence of which is treated like a typical jailbreak scene. In the next scene, another dog comments on Charlie's return with "Ain't you supposed to be on Death Row?"

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* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', the titular dog and cat Mittens are captured by an animal-control officer after an argument between them caused a scene. Bolt is rescued by Rhino en route to the shelter, but Mittens is impounded and fears she will never leave (as nobody will want to adopt her, [[spoiler: an abandoned, declawed housecat]]). Bolt then decides to break Mittens out that night with Rhino's help, which they do.
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do. Bit of a subversion: it's only a prison from Mittens' point of view. The staff aren't malicious by any measure, the shelter itself is quite clean, and a banner in the entryway is briefly seen promoting a "Pet Adoption Week".
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Week". The dog catcher's van, on the other hand, is a clear parallel to a prison paddywagon, but one could chalk this up to RuleOfDrama.
* ''AllDogsGoToHeaven'' ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' starts with Charlie breaking out of a dog pound, the whole sequence of which is treated like a typical jailbreak scene. In the next scene, another dog comments on Charlie's return with "Ain't you supposed to be on Death Row?"



* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' did this with a fish tank.
** Only from the point of view of the fish, though. The dentist really just wants to have some nice pets, and takes good care of them. The small children ARE bad for the fish, but only because they don't know how to treat them well.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' did this with a fish tank.
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tank. Only from the point of view of the fish, though. The dentist really just wants to have some nice pets, and takes good care of them. The small children ARE bad for the fish, but only because they don't know how to treat them well.









* The kennels in ''[[Literature/{{Bunnicula}} Howliday Inn]]'' are portrayed this way.
** This is, for the most part, yet another "from the animals' point of view" case, though with the interesting wrinkle of [[spoiler: one of the kennel workers actually being dangerous.]]

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* The kennels in ''[[Literature/{{Bunnicula}} Howliday Inn]]'' are portrayed this way.
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way. This is, for the most part, yet another "from the animals' point of view" case, though with the interesting wrinkle of [[spoiler: one of the kennel workers actually being dangerous.]]




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* Played with the Trap House in ''Literature/SurvivorDogs''. It's not a negative place however it is scary for dogs. Lucky describes it as unnaturally clean and it is an unpleasant place to be.






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* [=PBS's=] ''MarthaSpeaks'' dropped her in a pound once that was portrayed like this. Subverted, however, after she helps the other dogs escape: they all go back willingly, because they have nowhere to go, and the dogcatcher is doing the best he can to feed them and find them homes.

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* [=PBS's=] ''MarthaSpeaks'' ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'' dropped her in a pound once that was portrayed like this. Subverted, however, after she helps the other dogs escape: they all go back willingly, because they have nowhere to go, and the dogcatcher is doing the best he can to feed them and find them homes.



* The WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry cartoon "Puttin' on the Dog" averts this by showing the dog pound as less like a prison and more like how it would be depicted in real life; the dogs don't seem to be suffering too much there.

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* The WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "Puttin' on the Dog" averts this by showing the dog pound as less like a prison and more like how it would be depicted in real life; the dogs don't seem to be suffering too much there.
25th Mar '17 2:24:43 PM Quanyails
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* Played for laughs in ''[[VideoGame/Octodad Octodad: World's Dadliest Catch]].'' The titular character thinks aquariums are festering prisons of iniquity, and the one that his wife is writing a paper on really does have lax standards--which makes his trip there all the more nerve-wrecking.

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* Played for laughs in ''[[VideoGame/Octodad ''[[VideoGame/{{Octodad}} Octodad: World's Dadliest Catch]].'' The titular character Octodad thinks aquariums are festering prisons of iniquity, and the one that his wife is writing a paper on really does have lax standards--which makes his trip there all the more nerve-wrecking.
4th Feb '17 3:16:18 PM JMQwilleran
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* In the final episode of the eighth season of ''Series/MyCatFromHell'', "A Brave New Cat World," Jackson gives an extreme makeover to a cat shelter that very much gives off this vibe.
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