Not only is Cesar Millan defending himself, in regards to recent animal cruelty allegations, the owner of the dog he was helping is defending him too.
According to People, Sandy is “mom” to Simon, the sometimes aggressive Boston terrier/French bulldog mix. Additional four-leg family members include her two potbellied pigs. The supportive dog owner had this to say about the unfortunate incident that took place.
“I had asked for Cesar’s help because Simon had a lifelong history of aggression towards animals, including my two potbellied pigs. During the filming of Simon’s rehabilitation, he did nip the ear of a large farm pig and the ear began to bleed. However, the farm pig was not seriously injured and within an hour of the incident Simon and the pig were walking calmly and peacefully together.”
The following video indicates 9,000 viewers signed a petition to have Millan’s current show taken off the air. So far, that hasn’t happened. One animal right’s activist, in particular, was outraged to learn the famous trainer allowed a dog with a bite history to interact so closely with the now-recovered pig.
Although formal charges have yet to be filed, the 46-year-old “dog whisperer” is definitely in the dog house. The local animal welfare office received numerous complaints about the episode in question, which aired Febuary 26 on National Geographic Wild. Millan refers to the incident as “much ado about nothing.”
“I do have a large group of fans and a small group of people who don’t agree with me. They are taking this the wrong way and blowing it way out of proportion.”
As reported by Honolulu Star Advisor, investigators on the case are asking for the identity of everyone who appeared on the show. Once everyone is questioned, a decision will be made as to whether or not to press charges.
Both sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers went to the Millan home last Thursday evening. Caesar was not available. Deputies spoke with his son, who indicated his father was out-of-state at the time.
It should be noted, there is no history of animal cruelty complaints associated with Millan’s dog training ranch, which is located in Santa Clarita, California.
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In addition, National Geographic Wild is fully aware of the situation. The station’s stance on what happened is, of course, in Cesar Millan’s favor. The network executives simply feel some people did not see or fully understand the clip that went viral on the internet so quickly.
Sandy, who is very pleased with the outcome of Simon’s training session, goes on to explain.
“I feel so blessed to have had Cesar’s help and it upsets me profoundly that people have mischaracterized what really happened. I have a brand new life with Simon and having Cesar’s help made the difference. It’s the best thing that ever happened to Simon and I.”
No one is certain how long it’s going to take to decide whether Millan is guilty of any wrongdoing. Until that time, the trainer continues to do what he does best, with his head held high and his pockets filled with dog treats, helping his canine patients work through whatever negativity is making their loving owners seek help.
What are your feelings, in regard to this incident? Do you agree with the “dog whisperers” training methods or do you think Cesar’s show should be taken off the air? Inquisitive minds want to know.
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