Diabolical Dog Catcher

A Forgotten Trope, this trope describes an animal control agent who enjoys their job a little too much. He/she gets a sick thrill out of capturing stray dogs, imprisoning them and even putting the poor things down. A tag won't matter to these people, and they are likely to get rid of it so they can get the satisfaction their prisoners are not going to good homes and loving families.

Not a very popular trope among actual (modern day) dog catchers, who are more concerned about taking good care of stray animals and finding them a good home. This may have been more Truth in Television in the past, however, due to Values Dissonance on animal welfare. This trope goes hand in hand with Pounds Are Animal Prisons, another relic of the bad old days.


Examples:

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    Films — Animation 
  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted features a Monaco-based animal control agent named Chantel DuBois. DuBois goes way beyond her jurisdiction hunting down the main characters, not so she can lock them up, but so she can mount Alex's head on her wall. (The wall itself is covered in all kinds of animal heads, suggesting she does this with all her targets)
  • Chief Animal Containment Officer Trumper in Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, who taunts his charges and deliberately kicks over an "Adopt a Pet" sign his assistants have put up. Averted by the assistants, who are well-meaning animal lovers but unable to do anything to stop him. After his defeat, the ending credits show them replacing the Animal Containment Centre sign with one saying Animal Protection Centre.
  • The animal control agents in The Secret Life of Pets say things like "It's over for you!" and "I'll kill you!" to their targets. They also act pretty evil, relentlessly hunting down Duke and Max. Which makes it pretty satisfying when they are all but shown drowning in the climax when their van falls into the river.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Hotel for Dogs: The dog catchers seen throughout the film go about their job with sadistic glee. At one point, one of them says "Who cares about a bunch of dumb dogs?"
  • In Skippy, Mr. Nubbins takes cruel delight in confiscating Sooky's dog, and later takes cruel pleasure in telling them that he shot the dog.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One Hundred Deeds For Eddie Mc Dowd features two dog catchers, both of whom go after their targets like a predator after prey. One of them even cackles maniacally while preparing to gas a stray.

    Western Animation 
  • The second season of the original Pound Puppies series has the dog-hating Katrina Stoneheart owning her own pound, and constantly trying to lock the Pound Puppies up in it.
  • The dog catcher from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Life's Ruff".
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • In one episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, the Monster of the Week is said to be the ghost of a cruel dog-catcher who loved nothing more than catching dogs. Turns out he's really a guy who made treats for the Doo Family trying to get a priceless collar from Scooby.
    • Curiously, Scooby is pursued by a very much alive, though just as sociopathic, dogcatcher of the same name in a later short.
  • Averted in Martha Speaks: Kazuo is a kind, gentle person, who keeps the dogs comfortable and well-fed, and does everything he can to get them adopted by loving families. He even adopts an old bulldog called "Pops" when no-one else wants him.
  • Rude Dog and the Dweebs: Rude Dog has to contend with evil dogcatchers. The show even has an evil dog sidekick who thought nothing of selling out his fellow mutts.

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