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Reality TV Stars Ditch Elderly Dog

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 14, 2011

Last night’s episode of All-American Muslim caused many viewers to have an all-American meltdown.

One of the show’s “stars,” Shadia Amen-McDermott, cited allergies and insisted that her husband, Jeff McDermott, get rid of his elderly dog, Wrigley. When the cameras recorded a sad and confused Wrigley trying to follow his beloved guardians after they dropped him off at his new home, the Twitterverse exploded with cries for the couple to take back the dog and for viewers to boycott TLC until they did.

PETA supporter and Running Russell Simmons star Simone Reyes posted an online letter to Amen-McDermott beseeching her to do the right thing.

[M]y heart was beating outside of my chest with sadness and rage. … [I]f you mess with an animal I’m coming for you. So, here I am and I’m calling you out.

PETA is getting into the fray by offering TLC a public service announcement highlighting how Islam teaches compassion for animals and abstention from cruelty. The timing couldn’t be better, since Lowe’s pulled all its ads from the show amidst controversy over the show’s Muslim theme. We’re hoping that TLC can find a place for our poignant message.

And we hope that the Amen-McDermott household can find a place in their hearts for Wrigley. After devoting his life to Jeff, the last thing Wrigley deserves is to spend his golden years feeling rejected.

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  • aaron says:

    I think before you all get your faux furs in a tangle, perhaps you should wait and see how the storyline will play out.

  • shannon says:

    I dont get it? they dropped him off at a new home, as in someone adopted him? what???????

  • JulianusRex says:

    That a 16-year-old dog would be abandonded because of Muslim canine-hatred and that it is shown on TV demonstrates both Muslim depravity and gross TV network stupidity.

  • Jamalbi says:

    I have a Beagle around the same age as Wrigley. I would never give her up. I could never live with myself if I said good bye. That the wife was so unwilling to try and keep the dog is beyond me. There are so many medications for allergies. At least try. She might not have cared for the dog but her husband loved Wrigley. Do it for him. He changed his religion for her, she can’t try allergy meds for him? I hope the marriage is for life, because if it doesn’t… I know Jeff – the husband will regret it for the rest of his days.

  • Dog Lover says:

    My sympathies are with the Dearborn Muslims. However, I am really upset about Jeff’s giving up the dog. While we have attention to this issue, can the complainants or somebody in Dearborn (Lowe’s maybe?) do something constructive for the aged dog (and other dogs) shown in this week’s traumatic “American Muslim” episode? Jeff and Shadia were moving in together and this entailed this heartless couple leaving Jeff’s old dog at a “farm” with a pack of dogs; hardly a place for an aging domestic animal who needs individualized attention. This dog has been left to people (kind-hearted hoarders) that have so many dogs and vet bills (or should have high vet bills by the amount of dogs and their conditions) that the dog will hardly have a quality final years. I can still see the dog with its tail down, looking forlornly through the gates as Jeff took off in his car. This dog has been haunting me. This has nothing to do with race, creed, or religion. And that entire allergies thing is baloney! It is an act of extreme coldhearted abandonment that should be addressed by the citizens of Dearborn or others out there.

  • Kathy says:

    My husband and I also cried, and we still do when we talk about poor Wrigley. Our pets are part of the family. I couldn’t imagine giving them away. To hear Jeff sobbing, and to see Wrigley confused, was heart-wrenching.

  • Niki says:

    So cruel my husband and I both cried.

  • Sydney says:

    I hate to break this to you but just because it was on tv does not mean its real… okay?

  • lizzie says:

    so she got her hushband to get rid of a dog that she is allergic too….why am I not seeing a disconnect here… she gets sick being around dog / he loves his wife ergo he gets rid of dog…. at least they didn’t put it in a shelter to get killed

  • Serge says:

    Ummm… All “reality” shows are heavily scripted for continuing story lines. Don’t tell me people actually believe all that crap is real.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    What I don’t understand is why anyone is even watching this program. I am so tired of reality shows! I don’t watch any of them. In my opinion, the best shows on tv right now are Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men and Hell On Wheels. Terranova was pretty good, also.