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Who Let the Dogs Out? 

A jogger is mauled to death by a pit bull, and detectives discover that the dog's original owner may have tortured it and trained it to be a killer.


Don Scardino


Dick Wolf (created by), Kathy McCormick | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin
Melissa Leo ... Sherri Quinn
Bruce McCarty Bruce McCarty ... Roger Quinn
Tom O'Rourke ... Peter Behrens
David Warshofsky ... Danny Miller
Robert Hogan ... Judge Albert Scholl
Joel Marsh Garland ... Ralph Carson
Brian Tarantina ... Al Manos
Tanya Berezin Tanya Berezin ... Judge Rosalyn Lenz
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers


A jogger is mauled to death by a pit bull, and detectives discover that the dog's original owner may have tortured it and trained it to be a killer.

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Release Date:

26 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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This story was inspired by the case of Diane Whipple, a California college lacrosse coach who was mauled to death by two Presa Canarios in the hallway of her apartment building. The dogs had been given to neighbors by the owners, who were in jail at the time. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] On September 11th, 2001, New York City was ruthlessly and criminally attacked. While no tribute can ever heal the pain of that day, the producers of "Law & Order" dedicate this season to the victims and their families, and to the fire fighters and police officers, who remind us with their lives and courage what it truly means to be an American.
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References Cujo (1983) See more »

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Abused, tortured and now destroyed.
10 November 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A young teacher and coach of the local volleyball team was jogging in the park together with her Terrier dog. Suddenly another dog ripped them apart, let the girl and her dog drown in their own blood. So a dog hunt has just begun. After another accident happened not so far from the first (this time the dog only wounded the victim's arm), K- 9 unit barely managed to subdue it. Thanks to new technology (a microchip implanted in dog ear), detectives trace down the owner, just to discover right away he sold the dog to a company years before. At company address, they found a training place where dogs were tortured and starved in order to make them available for dog fight. The businessman can't pull the strings, because he has been in jail for the last two years without any contacts to the outside world apart from his counselors, who become shortly after the prime suspects.

The point of the episode is the following: could an enraged dog be regarded as a murder weapon? At trial defense attorney try to play the Jury with a naive justification, but McCoy tactics is very brilliant.

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