The American Humane organization says a third-party investigation prompted by leaked video from the set of A Dog’s Purpose found no animal injuries occurred during those scenes. The investigation followed release of the video that appeared to show a frightened German shepherd being forced into churning water. American Humane said Friday that an independent animal-cruelty expert concluded that preventative safety measures were in place.
Lasse Hallstrom’s A Dog’s Purpose came in behind expectations with a debut of $18.3 million from 3,058 theaters at the North American box office after being dogged by controversy over a leaked video showing a dog in distress on the set of the film. While it’s true that Dog’s Purpose came in ahead of many canine-themed movies, it had been tracking to open in the $24 million range before the video was published by TMZ, prompting calls of a boycott from PETA. The filmmakers and production companies, along with producer Gavin Polone, have said the video was highly edited and dispute allegations of abuse.
Three very different movies are hitting theaters this weekend, but they all have one thing in common: Critics don’t like them. But, hey, maybe you’ll think they’re worth checking out.
The film's producer (and a THR columnist) explains the controversial video showing alleged on-set abuse, the precautions that were taken, the failure of a watchdog group and PETA's role in sensationalizing the scandal to serve its own cause.
W. Bruce Cameron, who wrote the book “A Dog’s Purpose” and is the co-screenwriter of the upcoming movie adaptation, released a statement Friday defending the film crew’s practices after a video surfaced earlier this week showing a dog apparently forced into a pool of rushing water. The video was published by TMZ Wednesday, which called the dog, a German Shepherd named Hercules, “terrified” and said “the animal wanted NO part of” being pushed in the water. “The dog was not terrified and not thrown in the water — I’ve seen footage of Hercules earlier that day joyfully jumping in the pool.
PETA has called for a boycott of the film after a video surfaced of a German shepherd forced to perform in artificial rapids.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for a boycott of the upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose after a video was leaked to TMZ showing a German shepherd being forced into rushing water allegedly during production. The animal rights’ group tells The Hollywood Reporter that the dog was owned and supplied by Birds & Animals Unlimited, the same facility it previously accused of a variety of federal Animal Welfare Act violations. BAU was the subject of a PETA complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that relied on the testimony of an undercover activist who posed as an employee.