To go to the dogs

to go to ruin; to be ruined.
- Shak.

See also: Dog

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
First thing you know, he'll be running an election himself, and going off to Ottawa for half the year and leaving his practice to go to the dogs."
Now I am disgusted with our government for allowing this country to go to the dogs.
Mrs Webster, now living with her daughter in Cheshire, said: "Everybody told me to go to the Dogs Trust in Huyton."