Filmmakers Force a German Shepherd Under River for ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Movie

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Filmmakers Force a German Shepherd Under River for ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Movie PHOTOGRAPH: Pexels | German Shepherd from Pexels/Pixabay

A footage showed film crew of the movie A Dog’s Purpose forcing a German Shepherd down to a man-made river. The video had since been the subject of backlash from people. A call had now been made to boycott the film.

Sometimes the disclaimer that appears at the beginning of a movie – “No animals were harmed during the filming of this movie” – was just that, a disclaimer. More and more evidences were emerging of animal cruelty being committed during the shooting of movies. The latest instance was that of a reluctant German Shepherd being forced into a cold river during the filming of the movie A Dog’s Purpose.

It is anyone’s guess as to what happens behind the closed sets of a movie. All that most people get to see or care about, for that matter, is what shows up on the silver screen. So, when the behind the scenes mishaps during the filming of A Dog’s Purpose was released, everyone was shocked.

German Shepherd Forced To Drown

In a footage exclusively obtained by TMZ, a dog trainer is seen forcibly plunging a quivering German Shepherd into a fake river created by 8 outboard motors. The footage was shot in Canada in November 2015, when the filming took place. The German Shepherd was one of the five or more dogs used for the movie.

It was clear that that the dog had no intention of going into the frothy waters and completing the scene. His desperate action of repeatedly clawing the pool’s edge made it evident what was in his heart. However, his pleas went unheeded as the trainer on site grabbed the dog and plunged him bodily into the rushing waters below.

The dog got quickly submerged under the waters and no one came to its aid until the director yelled, “cut it”. Even though dog handlers immediately rushed to tend to the drowning dog afterwards, it was quite a risky shot. It is still unclear if the dog being swept under the current was all part of the script.

Studio Promises To Investigate The Matter

Director Lasse Hallström was present during the entire incident. At least one crew member was extremely uncomfortable with the ill treatment of a creature known as man’s best friend. The film was created by Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures, who were made aware of the footage. “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video,” they told TMZ.

This act of animal cruelty was revealed just days after Philippines came under heat for airing the region film Oro in their film festival. The film in question showed a scene where a dog was actually killed and gutted to serve as food. Despite the film carrying the standard disclaimer mentioned earlier, authorities discovered that a dog was actually killed for the sake of that single scene.

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