A Dog’s Purpose accused of animal cruelty after disturbing footage emerges



Wasn't going to see this anyway, but now you can be damn sure I'll be telling everyone I know not to see it either. Let's make this movie flop hard and teach Hollywood a lesson. Consumers won't stand for this sort of thing.

I hope this gets upvoted and spread like wildfire. These stories so often come out long after a film has come out and have little impact. Only way to teach Hollywood is through their pocketbooks. This kind of behavior should be punished.

This is extremely upsetting to watch, particularly the last few moments. Especially when the book is all about how special and loving dogs are. People suck.
The Huffington Post has it this way:
"In a video obtained by TMZ and posted on Wednesday, a crew member or trainer for the film is seen forcing a German Shepherd to perform a “stunt” that seems extremely unsafe ― so much so as to call into question how animals were handled over the entire course of the film’s shooting."
"In the final version of the movie, the police dog appears to bravely rescue a young girl after she falls into a rushing river. But in the behind-the-scenes clip ― which was shot outside of Winnipeg, Canada, in November 2015 ― a trainer is seen pushing the scared German Shepherd into a rough pool of water as he tries to claw his way out. After much resistance, the dog eventually gets into the water, but ends up being submerged for so long that handlers yelled, “Cut it!” 
"At the start of the video, a person also can be heard saying, “Don’t worry, it’s warm water at least.
Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures, the companies behind the movie, shared a statement with TMZ after watching the video.
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,” the statement read

“A Dog’s Purpose,” which debuts on Jan. 27, stars Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad’s voice.
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