The film is under fire after video of a dog being forced to film a risky scene involving water has surfaced.
One of the dogs in the upcoming film, “A Dog’s Purpose,” was seen being forced into a pool of rushing water as a part of filming. The German Shepherd is shoved into the pool by a trainer, but clearly not wanting to go in as the dog clawed at the pools edge.
The video features comments coming off camera including someone stating, “He wants to get away, just throw him in.” The German Shepherd eventually goes into the water, which was churned by production motors to recreate a rushing river, but suddenly submerged as someone calls, “Cut!” and a group of handlers rush to to the dog. It is unknown whether this was scripted or not.
According to TMZ, the director Lasse Holström was present, and at least one member of the crew was “extremely disturbed” by the dog’s treatment during the scene.
The American Humane Association representative who was on set during filming of “A Dog’s Purpose” has been suspended after officials saw the video. The AHA also told TMZ they will be “bringing in an independent third party to conduct an investigation into this matter.”
Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures, the production company of the film, released a statement to TMZ saying, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”
Click to watch the chilling video below: