Authorities Investigate Cesar Millan ‘Dog Whisperer’ For Possible Animal Cruelty

Cesar Millan reportedly has 24 hours to contact animal control to explain a training session in which a dog attacked a pig.

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Dog behaviorist Cesar Millan is being accused of animal cruelty for an incident that occurred while filming “Cesar 911.” ViaCesar Millan/Facebook
Dog behaviorist Cesar Millan is being accused of animal cruelty for an incident that occurred while filming “Cesar 911.” ViaCesar Millan/Facebook

Celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan is under fire for one of his recent training sessions.

Authorities are investigating the “Dog Whisperer” for possible animal cruelty, stemming from an incident that took place during the filming of Millan’s “Cesar 911” TV show, NBC4 News reports.

The investigation follows an onslaught of tips to animal welfare officials after an episode aired in which Millan used a live pig as part of a training session with a dog who had previously attacked two pet pigs. During the piece, the dog bit the pig’s ear, causing it to bleed.

Sheriff’s deputies and investigators with Los Angeles County Animal Control reportedly attempted to speak with the self-taught dog behaviorist Thursday at his Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California, but Millan was not here. A family member told NBC4 News Millan was away on a business trip.

"Cesar Millan is and will continue to fully cooperate with authorities in any investigation. He is confident that the investigation will show there was no wrong doing." Millan's Facebook page has posted. Via Facebook

“Cesar Millan is and will continue to fully cooperate with authorities in any investigation. He is confident that the investigation will show there was no wrong doing,” Millan’s Facebook page states. Via Cesar Millan/Facebook

Nat Geo WILD, which airs Millan’s show, has released the following statement and video defending Millan:

“Cesar Millan has dedicated his life to helping dogs and to showing how even the most difficult ‘problem dog’ can be rescued and rehabilitated. In a recent episode of the Nat Geo WILD series ‘Cesar 911,’ Cesar works with an aggressive French Bulldog/Terrier mix named Simon, who has a history of attacking other animals, including his owner’s pet potbellied pigs. A short clip from the episode was shared online and showed Simon chasing a pig and nipping its ear, causing the ear to bleed. The clip caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter.

“We have included an additional clip from the same episode to provide missing context. Cesar has created a safe and controlled environment at his Dog Psychology Center (DPC) in California in which to rehabilitate some of the most extreme — or “red zone” — cases of dog aggression, such as Simon’s. It is important to clarify that Cesar took precautions, such as putting Simon on a long lead to assess his behavior, before making initial corrections and removing the leash. The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress. As the additional clip reveals, Cesar and his animal pack effectively helped Simon to overcome his aggressive behavior toward other animals; as a result, Simon did not have to be separated from his owner or euthanized.”

A statement regarding “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan: Cesar Millan has dedicated his life to helping dogs and to showing how even the most difficult “problem dog” can be rescued and rehabilitated. In a recent episode of the Nat Geo WILD series Cesar 911, Cesar works with an aggressive French bulldog/terrier mix named Simon, who has a history of attacking other animals, including his owner’s pet pot-bellied pigs. A short clip from the episode was shared online and showed Simon chasing a pig and nipping its ear, causing the ear to bleed. The clip caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter. Included here is an additional clip from the same episode to provide missing context. Cesar has created a safe and controlled environment at his Dog Psychology Center (DPC) in California in which to rehabilitate some of the most extreme—or “red zone”—cases of dog aggression, such as Simon’s. It is important to clarify that Cesar took precautions, such as putting Simon on a long lead to assess his behavior, before making initial corrections and removing the leash. The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress. As the additional clip reveals, Cesar and his animal pack effectively helped Simon to overcome his aggressive behavior toward other animals; as a result, Simon did not have to be separated from his owner or euthanized.

Posted by Nat Geo Wild on Friday, March 11, 2016

 
Although Millan representatives say there was no cause for concern, animal activists have flooded social media demanding the show be cancelled. One petition reportedly has close to 8,000 signatures already.

“It was really difficult to watch,” professional dog trainer Laura Nativo told NBC4 News. “It’s not the way to rehabilitate an animal that is fearful and aggressive to pigs.”

The LA news station reports that animal control has issued a 24-hour notice for Millan to contact investigators to discuss the pig’s well being.

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  • I find Caesar a terrific trainer. Very capable, genius. ! mistake, once in awhile is allowed and NOT cruelty to animals!!!!!!!!!

    J C R March 11, 2016 12:33 pm Reply

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