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Controversy surrounds dog fighting app

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It lets you buy a dog, make it vicious. You can pick from a smorgasbord of shock collars and ropes. You can even inject the dog with steroids.

It’s a new phone app that allows users to buy and train virtual dogs for vicious fighting. It also has animal rights groups up in arms.

“The people who came up with these very specific items obviously knew a lot about the real world application of dog fighting,” said Michael Markarian, Chief Operating Officer, Humane Society of the U.S.

Maryann Johnson, a Woodbridge resident, said her daughter has been upset about dog fighting, especially in light of the Michael Vick saga.

“We shouldn’t encourage things like this,” she said.

In fact, Vick, who spent time behind bars because of dog fighting charges, came out against the app.

"I've come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street...it's important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app,” he said.

Kage Games, the creator of the app, fired back, saying that the app is no different than other violent video games.

"It is just a video game. We do not condone violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind's ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life,” the game maker stated.

They also claim a portion of proceeds will go to support animal rescue organizations.

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