“A Dog’s Purpose” Video Shows Terrified Dog Forced To Film

Film footage has just surfaced revealing a terrified German shepherd being forced to film a shot of him in turbulent water for the movie A Dog’s Purpose.

The video, obtained by TMZ, shows a trainer forcing the frightened dog into the rushing waters. The poor dog clings to the side of the pool while a man’s voice is heard saying “He wants to get away, just throw him in!” The scene was shot in Winnipeg, Canada, in November 2015.

The dog eventually got into the water—or was forced to, as the video cuts from the dog scrambling to get out to being fully in—but directors had to halt filming because he quickly became submerged. You can hear them frantically yelling “Cut it!” while handlers rush to the dog’s aid.

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The animal was one of five dogs used in the production of the movie.

Director Lasse Hallstrom and voice actor Josh Gad stated on Twitter and Facebook that they were upset over the footage:

“As the proud owner of a rescue dog and a fervent supporter of organizations like PETA, I have reached out to the production team and studio to ask for an explanation for these disturbing images,” Gad wrote.

However, according to TMZ, Hallstrom was apparently present the entire time during this shoot, which has led people to believe he’s trying to cover his ass; as are Amblin Entertainment, the film’s producer, and Universal Studios, the distributor. They said in a joint statement:

“Amblin production team followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals. While we continue to review the circumstances shown in the edited footage, Amblin is confident that great care and concern was shown for the German shepherd Hercules, as well as for all of the other dogs featured throughout the production of the film. There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts. On the day of the shoot, ‪Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot. Hercules is happy and healthy.”

PETA, of course, has condemned the video and requests that all dog-lovers boycott the movie in and effort to send the message that animals should be treated humanely, not abused.

It’s ironic that a movie made for dog lovers would have people involved in it’s making engage in such treatment that threatens to repel the very audience it seeks to draw.

Canada’s Chief Veterinary Office is investigating the incident and if they find any wrongdoing offenders could face a $10 000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.


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