Yesterday, before the Internet caught wind of it, you could buy a prop of a dead dog at Walmart. A dog who was apparently hit by a car — “bloody roadkill,” according to the description. The manufacturer did a pretty honest job, including lots of blood and a “large tire track squished through its mid torso.” Oh, and it included a chain “for dragging purposes.”
All in all, a good, completely insane and horrifying addition to the Walmart line, which was pulled down as Internet outrage grew, as it should have been. Actually, it should have been taken down before it was even put up, before it was even made, before it was even an idea. Dead dogs shouldn’t be a part of Halloween fun, especially at Walmart. Someone should have known that.
The prop was distributed by Morris Costumes and made by Distortions Unlimited. Though it has gone from Walmart’s site, it’s still searchable on Unbeatable Sale, though you cannot purchase it. And it appears to have been sold and pulled from Amazon, Sears, and many other retailers, too, though you’d be hard-pressed to find it there anymore. However, we found it on Nightmare Factory:
Here’s a screencap of the page on Unbeatable Sale:
Ugly stuff. As if the photo isn’t bad enough, here’s the text that appeared on the Walmart site, according to a post on the Randy Report. It’s perhaps the most insane Walmart description ever:
You have seen bloody road kill, this is bloody road kill. Foam filled latex prop of a skinned dog with a large tire track squished through its mid torso. Chain attached for dragging purposes.
After people caught wind of it on the Walmart site, outrage grew. Facebook posts went up; people left comments on Walmart, Sears, and Amazon; Leslye Brown quickly put up a Change.org petition to get the item removed.
And you know what? It worked. Yesterday, Distortions Unlimited apologized for the product and discontinued it immediately. Here’s a message the company released, according to Culture Map Dallas:
“We make products for primarily for haunted houses so we have to walk that thin line between horror yet OK and over the top. This is a tricky thing to do at times and it appears like we crossed the line with the dog. We were not trying to be insensitive of offend anyone although it appears like we did. We are sorry and the product has been discontinued immediately.”
Good work, Internet.