Man Says He's The First In Arizona To Clone His Dog


Rich Hazelwood, owner of the Celebrity Theatre, says he is the first person in Arizona to clone his pets. The names of the cloned dogs are Jinnie and Jellie. Nick Oza/

(Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic)

A Phoenix man decided to clone his Jack Russell terrier-mix after he realized his beloved dog was becoming blind and reaching the end of her life. 

He's believed to be the first Arizonan to take that step. 

Barbra Streisand recently revealed in a interview with Variety that two of her dogs were clones of her dog Samantha, who died in 2017.

Although the trend of cloning pets may be is growing, it's extremely expensive, and 63 percent of participants in a 2017 Gallup Poll said they believe cloning animals was morally wrong.

Only one company in the United States clones pets, Texas-based Viagen Pets. The company helped Rich Hazelwood, the owner of Celebrity Theatre, clone his dog, Jackie O.

The company was founded in 2015 and describes a cloned pet as "an identical twin of the donor pet that is born at a later date."

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