“Part Three – Betrayal”: The final section explores issues of overpopulation, shelters, rescuing, spaying and neutering. Approximately two million dogs are destroyed in animal shelters each year. This segment features three minutes of graphic footage shot by a film student showing dogs and puppies being euthanized.
Many people do not know that 25% of dogs in shelters are actually purebreds, and many pet store dogs come from mass breeding operations known as puppy mills. For many dogs from mills and animal shelters, rescue is the only hope of survival. This segment follows volunteers saving some 200 puppy mill dogs from these dire conditions, including rescuer-trainer John Gagnon, who rehabilitates aggressive, difficult-to-adopt dogs and works with an organization to find them good homes, and Shawn South-Aswad, who raises money to rescue dogs and place them with foster families.
ONE NATION UNDER DOG: STORIES OF FEAR, LOSS & BETRAYAL is produced by Ellen Goosenberg Kent; supervising editor, Geof Bartz, A.C.E.; co-producer, Larissa Bills; directed by Jenny Carchman, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Amanda Micheli; editors, Geof Bartz, A.C.E., Joe Beshenkovsky, Seth Bomse, Traci Loth; producers, Larissa Bills, R.J. Cutler, Julie Goldman, Allyson Luchak, Amanda Micheli, Danielle Renfrew Behrens; inspired by the book “One Nation Under Dog,” by Michael Schaffer. For HBO: supervising producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.