TMZ broke the story last night about the upcoming movie A Dog's Purpose which tells the story of a dog who lives multiple lives trying to make the people he loves happy.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jLOOCADTGs[/embed]Unfortunately, humans did not offer the animal actors on the film the same courtesy.A video obtained by TMZshows a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water for a scene. It was shot in a pool inWinnipeg, Canada, in November of 2015.The dog wasvisibly frightened, and after multiple attempts at getting him to go into the water voluntarily, onlookers call out to "just throw him in."
He claws at the edge of the pool, trying with all of his strength avoid getting in the water. One of five German Shepherds used for the film, he eventually got into the water - it's not clear whether he was forced in or went in voluntarily - where his head went under and he didn't reemerge until handlers jumped in after him.PETA released a statementreleased a statement calling for aboycott of the film for its mistreatment of the animals in its care.The director of the film was present at the time of the incident according to TMZ.
Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures, who produced the film, said in a statement:
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.
However, according to PETA, the animals used in this film were from an animal actor agency which has become notorious in recent months for its poor treatment of those in their care.
An employee filmed the living conditions, and it was truly disturbing. The group,Birds & Animals Unlimited, has been used in movies like Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Marley and Me. As forA Dog's Purpose, it's another example of why transitioning to CGI animals is the best option for everyone.Watch the full video of the incident below, but some may find it disturbing.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csLiYr5OGbg[/embed]