While the world continued to be enamored with Charlie Sheen and his lunatic fringe antics, it appears that all that "winning" came at the expense of one poor little dog.

TMZ is reporting that Sheen took custody of two pugs that he and ex-wife, Denise Richards, shared after their split so the kids could play with them when they visited. Unfortunately, after Sheen's meltdown at the Plaza Hotel in NYC last October, Richards started getting reports that the dogs were "malnourished and neglected."

"Things became so alarming, we're told Denise went to Charlie's and he gave her the dogs," says the site. "Sadly, one of them died of malnutrition, but the other is OK."

Now Sheen wants the other dog back so he can use it as a mascot on his wildly popular comedy tour — but Richards isn't giving in. One recent tweet communicated his frustration, calling her a "vile kidnapper" and "dog thief."

But seriously — would you entrust anything but a pet rock with Sheen right now? How would anyone expect a pug to thrive in a setting filled with cigarette smoke, drugs and constant blarings of "Winning!" Sounds like a nightmare.

I'm with Team Richards on this one.

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Charlie Sheen killed Denise Richards' dog?
After his public meltdown in New York City, actor Charlie Sheen reportedly neglected two pugs he shared with his ex-wife, Denise Richards.