Italian Circus Owner Charged After Dyeing Two Dogs To Pass Off As Pandas

ca29cf71-7e4e-4169-b762-f8a848b27466-bestSizeAvailableWe previously discussed how a Chinese zoo displayed a lion that caused a bit of a commotion when it suddenly barked. The zoo could to afford a lion so it made a large dog into a lion. An Italian circus in Brescia has proven even more daring – and dishonest. It dyed two chow-chow dogs to pretend that they were pandas. It did not seem odd to many people that a small zoo would have not one but two of the endangered animals.

The zoo was charging for children to take pictures with the pandas. When customers expressed their suspicions, the owner would say that they were half panda, half dog — some of those common hybrid progeny from common panda/dog mating, I suppose.

The owner is now facing charges of animal abuse and defrauding customers. The charges include putting false information on the animals’ passports. However, here is the interesting part, it was not to claim that they were pandas but that the dogs are six months younger than claimed.

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13 thoughts on “Italian Circus Owner Charged After Dyeing Two Dogs To Pass Off As Pandas”

  1. Funny my first impulse was…are those white chows or black chows…White, I guess, it’s easier to dye fur black…They’re cute. This might catch on in dog fashion circles.

  2. I think those Eyetalians are real clever like don’t you? I married 3 of them before I met my own true love of 21 years, and he is Scotch Irish 😉

  3. The owner is now facing charges of animal abuse and defrauding customers.

    If this had happened in Boston, the charge could’ve been pandering.

    #thisonesforspinelli

  4. You always need to be wary of them Eyetalians. We go to the San Diego Zoo often. The pandas are the big attraction. The zoo keeper talks about pandas in a hushed voice, like he’s announcing @ a gold tournament. Panda’s, like us introverts, are startled easily by noise.

  5. It would be instructive to know who (if anyone) holds the trademark on the design of a panda. No?

  6. I would not be too hard on the circus. The Chinese people are doing this with their Chow Chows, too. There seems to be a niche market for dyeing these dogs.

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