Pet owners wanting to turn their pets into lookalikes of their favourite celebrities, a craze that began in Los Angeles, could be headed across the USA.
Plastic surgery for dogs and cats is big business in Tinsel Town where pet owners are paying in excess of $30,000 to have their animal's features transformed to resemble celebrities including film stars, singers and sportsmen.
Mike Desselden a hairdresser from Bel Air recently had his Golden Retriever, Harry, put under the knife so he would look like actor Kevin Spacey, the procedure took 8 hours and cost $40,000. Plastic surgeon Ian Twizzle who performed the surgery says his appointment book is full and the waiting list for such operations is in excess of three months.
Belinda Shack is due to have her cat, Kristal, altered so her features match those of TV personality Oprah Winfrey later this week.
The most popular celebrities, whom pet owners prefer to have their animal's look like, include actor Chevy Chase, boxer Mike Tyson ( a favourite for pit-bull owners) and former Friends star Matthew Perry.
A woman from Inglewood, a lifelong fan of country singer Dolly Parton, recently paid for her French Poodle to undergo breast enlargement surgery and a tummy tuck.
Though the FDA have yet to sanction plastic surgery for pets in some States there have been allegations that some plastic surgeons have conducted similar operations in secret.
Despite earlier reports which suggested that a man from Savannah had paid to have his Bulldog's face transformed to look like Susan Boyle's and a Miami woman had had her shaggy Pekinese altered to resemble Angelina Jolie, it was eventually discovered that no surgery had actually occurred on the beasts and the resemblance of these dogs to the two stars was purely an unfortunate coincidence.
In 2009 Brian Hope of Atlanta was cleared of animal cruelty after denying he had his shih tzu, Tara, modified to look like Amy Poehler after officials from PETA confirmed that no plastic surgery had been performed on the bitch.