“Dog whisperer” Cesar Millan came under fire lately over allegations of animal cruelty due to an episode of his show aired on National Geographic, where a pig was seen nibbled by a bull terrier with aggression problems.
Although the District Attorney’s office has already cleared Millan of possible criminal charges for the alleged animal cruelty, questions still linger with regards to Milan’s methods of animal training. Online outrage on Milan’s handling of animals erupted over the weekend, which resulted to Los Angeles animal control officials initiating an investigation over the matter.
The issue stemmed from an episode from Nat Geo Wild series Cesar 911, where an adult pig was seen attacked by a dog named Simon. Simon is a mixed breed French bulldog and terrier referred by its owner for its aggressive issues. According to Nat Geo, Simon has been attacking other animals, including its owner’s pot-bellied pigs.
In an official statement, the Nat Geo Wild maintained that Millan observed due precaution before the episode to minimize potential harm. It added that whatever happened was part of the process and something the team didn’t foresee.
“Cesar Millan has dedicated his life to helping dogs and to showing how even the most difficult ‘problem dog’ can be rescued and rehabilitated.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,” an excerpt of the statement reads.
Nat Geo Wild management clarified that the pig seen bitten by Simon was attended by a standby veterinarian and showed no sign of distress. It added that the process resulted to Simon having managed its anger and is now friends with the pig.
Millan, on the other hand, denied the complaints, saying it was blown out of proportion, The Los Angeles Times reported. Millan said the complaint was “misguided,” considering the story ended in a happy note.