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Woman Tries To Make Her Dogs Famous In Dumbest Way

<p>Panda Chow Chows / Facebook</p>

She turned her dogs into pandas. And the internet failed to swoon.

Maybe because, for all the technical ingenuity it must have taken to paint her chow chow puppies in panda spots, this has fail written all over it.

The dogs made their debut on the streets of Singapore last month, flanking their owner, Meng Jiang - and quickly drawing a crowd.

At first, onlookers were reportedly outraged at the sight of a woman nonchalantly walking endangered panda babies on a leash.

But no, it was all an exciting deception!

They're dogs dyed to look like pandas!

Get it?

Some people on the scene thought that was worth getting excited about and issued all the appropriate oohs and ahhs.

But a few other reactions suggest more ewws and ughs were in order.

For one thing, Singapore's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals released a statement roundly condemning the woman's dubious artistry.

"SPCA is strongly against such a practice and would advise pet owners to refrain from altering their pet's appearance in this way, because it is unnatural and unnecessary," the statement read.

"There are also potential side effects with no benefits to the animals. It can be physically harmful and subject the animal to stress in the process."

And then Singapore's Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) launched an official investigation.

"AVA is looking into the case to ensure that animal welfare is not compromised," the government agency told The Straits Times.

Owner Meng Jiang defended her actions, telling The Straits Times the dogs were dyed by a qualified groomer with the utmost safety and care in mind.

"Being cruel to a dog is locking it up all day so it gets no exercise," she wrote to the newspaper, "starving a dog to death, not cleaning up after it and letting it live in its own filth, being cruel to a dog is beating it, NOT dyeing your dog with 100 percent organic product."

We've seen this routine before. Dog owners on this side of the world as well have been known to get, err ... creative, with their dogs' coats.

In January, American pet dental hygienist Summer Wilson used OPAWZ, a dye touted as completely safe for animals, to give this dog an unasked-for splash of color.

SUMMER SHASTA HALEAKALĀ WILSON / FACEBOOK

SUMMER SHASTA HALEAKALĀ WILSON / FACEBOOK

"Haters gonna hate and make me famous," she wrote on her Facebook page at the time.