The Dog Lover (2016) is a English movie. Alex Ranarivelo has directed this movie. James Remar,Lea Thompson,Jayson Blair,Allison Paige are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2016. The Dog Lover (2016) is considered one of the best Drama movie in India and around the world.
Sara Gold is a rising star at the United Animal Protection Agency (UAPA), a major animal rights organization that conducts animal rescues and lobbies for better animal welfare laws. Handpicked for a major assignment, Sara goes undercover as a college intern to infiltrate a suspected "puppy mill" run by the enigmatic Daniel Holloway.
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This movie is based on puppy-mill breeder Dan Christensen. It is financially backed by "Protect the Harvest", a front group for dog- fighters, dog-breeders, cock-fighters, which is vehemently opposed to any animal cruelty legislation or humane restrictions on the use of animals. The breeder whose "story" is being shown in this story is far from being a victim, and the movie is filled with lies and distortions of the facts. But, breeder Dan Christensen claims that "It's 95 percent accurate; I mean I couldn't have hardly told them any better. It was really done professionally". That should tell you a lot about this movie, which most certainly is not 95% accurate at all -- it's complete fiction created as propaganda for breeders to smear animal rights activists and anyone who truly cares about animals beyond profiting from them. There was no "Sara Gold, rising star of some animal rights organization", in fact, there was no college intern who "went undercover" to expose his puppy mill at all. That means that a major chunk of the movie is false, right off the bat. Nobody snuck around the property placing hidden cameras and taking undercover surveillance or lying about their motives. No sneaky animal rights activists. Nobody had a secret agenda to frame "Daniel Holloway" (real-life Dan Christensen), his arrest and subsequent forfeiture of his puppy mill dogs did not result from undercover surveillance of him killing a dog to defend his granddaughter, and there was no photo/footage "manipulated" to frame him... because there was no intern and the event never happened. In fact, there was no conspiracy against him, no undercover intern, and no manipulated footage. In addition to all those fabricated scenes, there was no secretly taped recordings of the animal rescue organization admitting to purposefully conspiring or tampering with evidence, and a male animal rights volunteer did not admit to photoshopping the granddaughter out of the images -- because the people didn't exist, so it couldn't happen. About the only thing that was factual about the entire film is that the breeder was accused of being a puppy mill that committed abuse and neglect against 173 animals, and that they were removed from his property. Beyond that, the film has no basis in the truth. What isn't mentioned in the film is that the breeder had been reported numerous times for suspicion of cruelty, neglect and violations of breeding ordinances. That he had previously been told to clean up his facility, and had agreed to. That he was operating illegally without the proper state licensing. That he was arrested for the misdemeanor of operating a business without a sales tax license, to which he pleaded guilty. He was eventually charged with 173 counts of animal cruelty. In addition to the breeder himself admitting that law enforcement found a dog skeleton and dog head on Christensen's property on September 2, 2009, the court affidavits stated that "pictures of the kennels contained deplorable conditions: "dogs, debris, and water dishes containing discolored and dirty water; surrounded by outdoor chain- link kennels with overgrown vegetation and in some instances large amounts of dog feces; indoor kennels boarded up where windows had once been but contained holes through which dogs could pass from the interior of the building to the kennels, which were ragged and dangerous to the dogs. Additionally, another photo showed a dog skeleton outside one of the buildings. The dogs were in poor health, and suffered from poor coats, malnutrition, intestinal parasites and Parvo. Veterinarian documentation of each seized animal detailed their poor health. Conveniently, none of this is shown in the movie. The breeder was not found innocent of animal abuse and neglect. "The charges against Christensen were dismissed after the evidence supporting the state's case was suppressed. Suppression of evidence does not demonstrate Christensen's innocence of the underlying charges. Rather, it is a technical determination that the proper procedures for acquiring a warrant were circumvented. In short, because the proper procedure for a warrant was not obtained, the court allowed the breeder to request the evidence the prosecution had be suppressed, meaning no charges could be brought. The breeder did not get his get his dogs back the way the movie shows. And, no animal rights activist "saw the error of her ways" and ended up helping him. In fact, he ended up selling the dogs and puppies that he got back for $100 each, all the while whining about how he should have charged $350 each. The breeder attempted to sue the HSUS, the animal rescue charity, the prosecutor and pretty much anyone else he could think of, claiming some massive conspiracy, and he was not successful. Probably because he can't seem to tell the truth. Protect the Harvest, the backer of this film, was established by Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil. He has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to bankroll the opposition to Proposition B in Missouri, which voters approved to set common-sense standards for the care of dogs in large-scale commercial breeding operations, spent more than a quarter-million dollars opposing Measure 5 in North Dakota, which sought to establish felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty to dogs, cats and horses, lobbied against a local ordinance in Harrison County, Indiana, to promote the spaying and neutering of pets and help reduce pet overpopulation, and fought against providing adequate shelter for dogs and protect them from the elements in Crawford County, Indiana. In short, everything about this movie is a lie, and everyone involved in its' production is involved with the promotion of and defense of cruelty to animals. Shame on them.
When I first heard about this film, I thought it might be a feel good story related to animal welfare. It claims to be based on a true story and I thought it might add to my education as an animal welfare advocate. It did not. I consider myself fairly well versed in subjects related to animal welfare and regarding puppy mills, thanks to my Paws4Change work and my contacts across the country whom I consider subject matter experts. I told myself I would be neutral about the movie in spite of having heard some pretty terrible things about it. In the end, I just found it to be a waste of time and money. I am sure that most animal lovers who see this film without the benefit of understanding the agenda may very well be confused. The film was produced by Protect the Harvest. The name alone should tell you a lot. In this movie, the big bad national animal welfare organization loses, the dog breeder loses, the dog lover loses and worst yet, the dogs lose. This topic is far too complex to be crammed into 90 minutes of fiction and be of any value at all to our dog loving society. What a terrible disappointment.
Corny, hilariously manipulative propaganda for the dog breeding industry, peppered with soap opera stars including the lead character who is from Days of Our Lives, and whose costume guidelines were apparently modeled after Daisy Duke, with lots of ridiculous T&A shots and a corny romantic subplot to boot. By the time you get to the country music video ol' red pickup truck cliché scene, you can be pretty certain of where this film is centered. lol. If the Lifetime Channel, The Country Music Television Channel, and the American Kennel Club made a movie, this would be it. Oh wait... It's probably easiest to just quote a post from another IMDb thread relating to it that is pretty much spot-on: "This film is a propaganda piece funded by billionaire Forrest Lucas to gain wider exposure for his failed front group, Protect the Harvest. Protect the Harvest is dedicated to attacking animal welfare groups, particularly those that confront cruelty in animal agriculture: factory farms, intensive confinement, and especially puppy mills. I'm disgusted beyond belief that James Remar and Lea Thompson would help to defend animal cruelty and sell out to one of the most despicable, dishonest, destructive individuals on this planet. And that's not even touching the issue of Lucas' racism... but I guess to some actors, money will always be more important than human decency." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4063178/board/nest/244905965? ref_=tt_bd_1
Sometimes a movie will trick you and make you think it is about something, when it is really about something else. This is clearly a movie to make you think animal welfare people are extreme-but it is pretending to be a movie. It is 90 minutes of that. They try to craft a plot line, but it fails because all that screams out is an agenda. What a disappointment. Frankly, the topic just does not lend itself to a movie. I can't get those 90 minutes back. It was kind of surprising to see a series of B actors in it--but I guess actors are doing commercials now so maybe I should not be so surprised. If there was an agenda and they had made it clear up front, I would not have felt cheated.
Even by this films own admission there are unscrupulous breeders in business. Since the organizations that should be monitoring this industry for humane & ethical standards before certifying dogs & the facilities they are bred in are doing such a poor job, it is painfully obvious that animal welfare organizations are desperately needed to ensure dogs are maintained & sold to the public in the highest standards. The breeder, featured in this film as a target of false accusations, places blame for substandard practices of veterinary attention on someone else within the community who stole his dogs for backyard breeding. Maybe that is the truth or maybe he is actually the guilty one. Either way, until there are better laws & practices regulating this industry it is very hard to know for sure if a breeding facility is really caring for the dogs or if they are only concerned with their profits (which veterinary care & well maintained facilities eat into). Regardless the people who funded this film, Protect The Harvest, have their own agenda for making this film & I strongly encourage you to research this company before buying into what they are trying to sell you with this film.