Pic of the Day: Art or Animal Cruelty?

Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media
Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media

Could it be that we’ve discovered something that’s even more exploitative/grotesquely fascinating than Toddlers & Tiaras? The Guardian turned us on to the work of Florida animal photographer Ren Netherland, a man who shoots the dogs who compete at “creative grooming” shows. (It takes about two hours for groomers to prep each animal for showtime.) “The transformation they go through is simply spectacular,” he has said. “There’s no other word for it. It’s amazing what they can do in so little time.” More photos — including a poodle/panda after the jump.

Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media
Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media
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Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media
Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media
Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media