The photo trick puppy farmers use to fool buyers: image on a pet sale website seems to show a baby that has been edited in an instant to make it look like the dog is from a family home
- Anonymous British woman accused a dog seller of photoshopping their ad
- She posted a screenshot of the ad spotted on Pets4Homes on Mumsnet
- The answers were torn, as many claimed that the child in the photo had been edited
A woman has accused a dog seller of editing a photo used in their online list to disguise that the dogs were bred on a puppy farm.
Post anonymously Mumsnet, the woman who lives in the UK, shared a photo of an ad for a dog posted on Pets4Homes.
The image came from a list of Fox Red Labrador puppies, with an adult dog with a man holding it on a leash while a toddler bent down to grab his tail.
She accused the seller of using Photoshop to create the illusion that a child was playing with the dog, and said other photos showed puppies in a barn-like environment with a heat lamp.
In anticipation of the now-removed ad, many comments agreed that the dog looked like it had been bred on a puppy farm and accused the seller of manipulating the photo to fool potential buyers.
A British woman sparked a Mumsnet debate after seeing a list for a dog that seemed to use an image that has been edited
The woman accused the seller of editing a child in their photo to disguise that it was taken at a puppy farm
The woman shared a screenshot of the ad and asked if she thought, “This child has been photoshopped in the photo to give the impression that the dog is not on a puppy farm?”
She continued, “Another photo on the ad shows the dog with puppies in a barn-like setting with a heat lamp.”
A stream of comments analyzed the photo and agreed that something was amiss, asking if the dog was even a labrador.
One person wrote, “I lean towards Photoshop because the line of the face against the stones is too” sharp “.
A series of comments to the post claimed that the child looked as if it had been edited from another module in the photo
“When it’s done, the person knew what they’re doing, because that’s the only obvious difference in the resolution of your shot. There may be more ‘tells’ about the original. ‘
What is a puppy farm?
Puppy farms breed dogs at high speed in poor conditions to maximize profits, and pets will often arrive at their new home sick or traumatized.
The puppy farm and human trafficking in the UK are worth £ 100 million, according to the RSPCA.
In the UK, puppy breeders require a permit if they breed three or more litters per year (or five if they are in Scotland).
Two years ago, the government in England introduced The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, which obliges breeders to obtain a permit from their local government.
Similar laws apply to puppy husbandry in Wales, Scotland and Norther Ireland.
Another said, “You can clearly see the remains of a pale shoe / floor on the end of the child’s toes.
The child is also in a very different amount of light from the adult, not only that, but the light on the child would create a good visible shadow behind her. Third, she’s way too big, if she got up she’d be huge! ‘
A third added: ‘Photoshopped. They used the stones to match it up, but if you look at them, especially on the right side of the windowsill (?), You can see they are two different pictures’
Others argued that the photo has not been edited and that any inconsistencies may be caused by poor lighting.
Bad lighting, bad photo and garbage camera, but it doesn’t look photoshopped (looked at the ad photo). However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a puppy farm, ‘wrote one.
Another said, “I don’t think it’s photoshopped at all. Probably a question of perspective – or maybe an older toddler with short hair – my oldest had short hair when she went to school!
Many others argued that the child was not edited in the photo, but that the seller may have adjusted the brightness of the image
“The grass is fake, so no notch where the feet are. Without disputing the fact that this can be a puppy farm, which is regrettable, but a bit much to mess up a toddler’s appearance. ‘
A third added: “I work with Photoshop and I would like to say that it is not. If you look at the hair around the crown of the child’s head and the fringe it’s really nice and it’s really hard to cut that out which is why you often get photoshopped people who look like they have Lego hair, because the edges are sharp too.
“I would suggest that the photo light has been played with to make the dog’s coat look redder and the thing has been brightened up, making the child look luminous! Agree, it all looks a bit dodgy. Not the photo I would have used to show off the dog. ‘