Disturbing footage emerges of dog performing during the filming of A Dog’s Purpose.
PETA and others are calling for a boycott of “A Dog’s Purpose” after footage was seen on Wednesday that shows one of the dogs used in the movie performing under stress.
Footage posted by TMZ showed a dog being forced into a pool of turbulent water. The dog struggles to stay out the pool as his trainer continues to push him into the water. PETA senior vice president, Lisa Lange, said, “At one point, a dog who is in danger of drowning has to be rescued.”
Films are monitored by the American Humane Association that released a statement saying, “American Humane has reviewed the video and we are disturbed and concerned by the footage. When the dog showed signs of resistance to jumping in the water, the scene should have been stopped. We are placing the safety representative who was on the set on administrative leave immediately and are bringing in an independent third party to conduct an investigation into this matter.”
And Josh Gad, a voice actor who performs on “A Dog’s Purpose” tweeted, “Today…I saw a disturbing video that appears to show a scared German Shepard being forced to perform a stunt on the set of this film. I was shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”
PETA is asking all animal lovers to boycott this film.
A Dog’s Purpose opens on January 27th.
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