HBO documentary “One Nation Under Dog” premiers June 18

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A new HBO documentary “One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal” is scheduled to premier at 9 p.m. June 18.
According to the synopsis on, the three segments within the show will be: Part One – Fear, Part Two – Loss and Part Three – Betrayal. The write-up suggests this will be a “portrait of America’s complex relationship with dogs.”

In the Betrayal segment, the producers reportedly explore issues such as overpopulation, shelters, rescuing and spaying and neutering.
The synopsis includes a mention that 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds. I would say the percentage is actually higher, if we expand the view to the cross-section of all homeless dogs. Breed-specific rescue organizations routinely pull purebred dogs from shelters. And in other cases, purebred dogs are taken in by purebred rescues before they ever make it to a local municipal shelter.

And what about the purebreds rescued by organizations that are not classified as breed-specific organizations. Twenty-five percent seems to me to be on the low side.