Law & Order (1990–2010)
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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 »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Det. Lennie Briscoe: [When searching for aggressive dogs] On the bright side, at least there's no barking.
Det. Ed Green: Maybe they were trained not to bark.
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Well, there's a cheerful thought.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Dog man of Sing Sing
13 July 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching this episode which marked the debut of Elisabeth Rohm as Serena Southerlyn made me think of Burt Lancaster as the Birdman Of Alcatraz. If you remember Robert Stroud's interest in the birds developed into a business where he mixed chemicals as cures for bird diseases and had a thriving business on the outside while he served his life sentence. Was in fact Burt Lancaster working out his own rehabilitation was the issue of the film.

No one would say David Warshofsky was working out any rehabilitation when it is discovered he's got a business breeding fighting dogs for sport. That's illegal in a few different ways and it came to the attention of law enforcement when one of the dogs got loose and viciously mauled a woman to death in Central Park.

Running the ring in lieu of Warshofsky on the outside is his attorney Melissa Leo and her husband Bruce McCarty who is a CPA. They're the ones arrested and charged and who Sam Waterston and his new 2nd chair will prosecute.

They may live on Riverside Drive. But these two are a real pair of bottom feeders.

The only one who gets no justice is the poor pit bull, tortured in life and sentenced to die.

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