Street Dogs of South Central

Film about dogs in Los Angeles
By Karen B. London PhD, March 2012, Updated July 2016

The documentary film Street Dogs of South Central follows a mother dog trying to raise a litter of pups in an urban environment. Acquiring food and finding shelter are challenging for dogs living in South Central Los Angeles, and this film shows the harsh reality they face. Queen Latifah narrates this emotional film.

This is the film’s trailer:

Many found it tough to watch the film because of the dangers and hunger the dogs faced. There has been criticism directed towards the makers of the film for not helping the dogs they were filming. On the other hand, some have argued that the purpose of a documentary is to show the reality of a situation, not to interfere with it, no matter how horrible that reality is.

Originally shown on Animal Planet last month, Street Dogs of South Central will be shown on March 31, 2012, at the Atlanta Film Festival. If you’ve seen it, what do you think of it?

Screen shot from the trailer of Street Dogs of South Central.

Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral issues, including aggression. Karen writes the animal column for the Arizona Daily Sun and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of six books about canine training and behavior, including her most recent, Treat Everyone Like a Dog: How a Dog Trainer’s World View Can Improve Your Life