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The Dog Lover (2016)

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Sara Gold is a rising star at the United Animal Protection Agency (UAPA), a major animal rights organization that conducts animal rescues and lobbies for better animal welfare laws. Handpicked for a major assignment, Sara goes undercover as a college intern to infiltrate a suspected "puppy mill" run by the enigmatic Daniel Holloway. Sara soon ingratiates herself with Daniel and his family, and learns all about the world of dog breeding but is hard pressed to find any sign of animal abuse. The UAPA teams up with local law enforcement and raids the farm, accusing Daniel of the inhumane treatment of animals. Sara finds herself torn between doing her job and doing what's right, and she awakens to the moral contradictions of her work with the UAPA.

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Cast

Allison Paige
as Sara Gold
James Remar
as Daniel Holloway
Lea Thompson
as Liz Holloway
Jayson Blair
as Will Holloway
Sherry Stringfield
as Jackie O'Connell
Ali Afshar
as Raymond
Ashley Parker Angel
as Michael Ames
Annabelle Kavanagh
as Abigail Holloway
Matthew Glave
as Mr. Gold
Cullen Douglas
as Vincent Bogel
Seth Coltan
as Pete Morton
Robert Merrill
as Brad Powell
Brando Eaton
as Harley Tanner
David Coussins
as Jace Tanner
Ajani Perkins
as Deputy 1
Scott Manuel Johnson
as Prosecutor Tim Landon
Nick Mavrakis
as Deputy 2
Courtney Hope Turner
as Katie Simpson
Mike Lutz
as Dr. Reddick
Lindsay Leopold
as Dr. Laughton
Karen Khan
as Dr. Dale
Stephen Rider
as News Anchor
Sharon Shannon
as Pet Shop Girl
Jeff Fowler
as Juror #1
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Critic Reviews for The Dog Lover

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

It's all as clunkily melodramatic as it sounds, with the climactic trial sequences proving particularly slow going.

July 11, 2016 | Full Review…

The movie is shamelessly manipulative on several levels, and the cast members do their respective bits effectively.

July 8, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Rescue-dog purists may not approve of the line "The Dog Lover" takes, yet to this dog lover it comes off as compassionate and realistic: a plea for a place where good care can become common sense.

July 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The film's prevailing theme may be that nothing is black and white, but the execution ... proves spottier than a kennel full of caged Dalmatians.

July 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The Dog Lover may be "based on a true story," but everything about it feels so artificial and agenda-driven that it's impossible to enjoy unless you're already firmly on its side.

January 9, 2017 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

Heavy-handed drama is well-acted but manipulative.

July 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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