Cesar Millan, aka the “Dog Whisperer,” is facing an animal cruelty probe after one of his dogs attacked a pig during one of his training sessions. The incident between the two animals, which was aired on National Geographic Wild’s “Cesar 911” TV show, has sparked nationwide uproar.
The probe into “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan was sparked by an animal rights activist and prompted Los Angeles County animal control officials to follow up on the allegations of animal cruelty to a pig by a dog, reports the Los Angeles Times on March 11. Animal activists have taking to social media stating that the pig lost its ear during the bloody dog-pig encounter. Online petitions are calling for the end of the “Cesar 911” TV show.
After receiving the claims of animal cruelty, Sheriff’s deputies and investigators with the Los Angeles Animal Control visited Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California, on Thursday evening. However, the “Dog Whisperer” was out of town and there was no sign of the pig.
On Friday, Cesar Millan told People magazine that he is more than happy to cooperate in the animal cruelty probe against him. To Cesar Millan — more important than any words– are the fate of two animals.
Simon, the French bulldog terrier mix that can be seen in the February 26 episode of National Geographic’s “Cesar 911” show had killed two pigs in the past and was in danger of being euthanized.
The clip that was shared by animal activists online showed the following:
“The dog that was in question, that Cesar was attempting to train, broke away from him in the video, and immediately charged the pig. Now, what we’re hearing from the [complaining party] is that the biggest concern is someone had that pig, a male adult was holding one of those pigs, those rear legs, and holding the pig up, which made the pig squeal, which made the dog [go] into a frenzy. And it immediately charged at that pig. And the dog attacked.”
In response to the online clip and the probe into “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, National Geographic Wild issued the following statement:
“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.”
In addition to its statement, National Geographic Wild aired the above additional video footage on Thursday showing Simon co-existing peacefully with a group of pigs, a chicken and other animals. The very same pig that Simon had attacked before and given a bloody ear was now leading Simon around on a leash.
The probe into “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan might have been unnecessary had National Geographic Wild aired both clips together.