Footage from the making of the upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose was recently obtained by TMZ. The above video shows an animal trainer on set trying to force a scared and very unwilling German Shepherd into a tank of turbulent rushing water for a scene. The person filming the clip keeps mentioning that the water is warm (though this was filmed outside in November in Manitoba so it’s still probably not a pleasant experience) but clearly the dog is freaked out and not having any of it. Once the dog finally gets into the tank he ends up completely submerged against the currents and crew start frantically trying to reach the dog as they’re yelling to cut the scene.
Since the footage released today many are accusing the director of cruelty to animals as well as drawing comparisons to the 1986 film The Adventures of Milo and Otis which filming allegedly resulted in the deaths of an undisclosed amount of puppies and kittens.
Amblin and Universal have since issued a statement that they have seen the footage and are investigating the incident.
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