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McGruff the Crime Dog. This icon of American crime awareness is targeted specifically at children. He was created by Jack Keil for the National Crime Prevention Council in 1980.

Like many earnest spokesdogs, McGruff is a tempting target for satire. Both The Simpsons and Family Guy have used the reference, as has fake news commentator Jon Stewart.




About the illustration: McGruff lends his imprimatur to many causes such as the McGruff® Safe Kids Total Identification System from whose web site this image was taken. This image is copyrighted and unlicensed. I believe that the use of this work in the article “McGruff” to illustrate the subject in question where no free equivalent is available or could be created that would adequately give the same information qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law.
see also: beware of dog; watch dog Last updated: April 17, 2008
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