1. A gory Halloween prop that portrays a dead dog on a chain has been pulled from Wal-Mart, Sears and Amazon.com this week following massive outcry among consumers and animal rights advocates.

    Skinned from nose to tail, the prop was described on Walmart.com as a “foam filled latex prop of a skinned dog with a large tire track squished through its mid torso. Chain attached for dragging purposes," according to The Consumerist. "You have seen bloody road kill, this is bloody road kill.”

    Wal-Mart, Sears and Amazon.com had all removed the product from their online shops as of Wednesday morning -- but not before upsetting thousands of consumers.

    Many turned to Facebook and Twitter to express their discontent.
  2. "Can you please addresses why you have a dead dog costume for Halloween? What kind of message does that send? Consider this customer lost," wrote Colleen Slater on Wal-Mart's Facebook page.

    "You have lost a customer over the "Dead Dog" Halloween decoration. Outrageous!!!" wrote Jean Stradling on Sears' page.
  3. A Change.org petition calling for the product's discontinuation was started by Deena Howe of Oshawa, Ont. on Wednesday.

    "This product ONLY encourages and teaches kids that dragging a dead skinned dog on a chain is okay!!!" wrote Howe. "It is SO important to teach love and compassion of animals to children. That Walmart thinks this is an acceptable product is DISGUSTING!!! Any parent who would buy this product shouldn't have kids."
  4. The petition has yet to reach its goal of 5,000 signatures, but organizers are already claiming victory in light of the fact that three major retailers have removed the dog from their shops.

     "We were very unhappy to see that this item got onto our site through one of our Marketplace retailers," reads a statemement from a Wal-Mart spokesperson issued Tuesday. "We quickly began the process of removing it from the site and it is no longer available. We are following up with the Marketplace retailer to ensure this doesn't happen again, and we apologize that the item ever appeared."

    Sears also issued a statement, writing "the item is a third-party Sears Marketplace product that does not abide with our guidelines and has been removed."  

    That third-party partner is Distortions Unlimited, the manufacturer of the prop. It announced the product's discontinuation with the following statement on Facebook:

    "We make products 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 or offend anyone although it appears like we did. We are sorry and the product has been discontinued immediately."
  5. Many are rejoicing the dog's discontinuation and the fact that it has been removed from stores.
  6. While many are rejoicing the removal of the product, others are criticizing the protesters, saying that Halloween is, after all, Halloween -- an annual celebration known to push the boundaries of good taste in the name of fright.
  7. Where do you draw the line on Halloween decorations? Have you seen anything upsetting or offensive at all this season? Weigh in below.
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