PETA is calling for a boycott of the movie 'A Dog's Purpose' after disturbing footage shows a terrified German Shepard being forced to film in water.
The controversial video shows alleged 'animal abuse' and 'A Dog's Purpose' has released a statement:
“A Dog’s Purpose is a celebration of the special connection between humans and their dogs. And in the spirit of this relationship, the Amblin production team followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals,” the statement reads.
“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,” it continued.
“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.”
Honestly, I've seen this video popping up on my news feed but haven't had the guts to watch it. Even thinking about this makes me teary-eyed.