Celebrity dog behaviour specialist and “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan won’t face charges following an animal cruelty investigation involving a pig.
Millan was under investigation as a result of an incident that occurred during the filming of a recent episode of Nat Geo WILD series Cesar 911.
The investigation stemmed from the February 26 episode which featured an aggressive dog biting the ear of a pot-bellied pig, causing it to bleed.
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“We have learned that LA County Animal Control’s investigation is over and no charges will be brought,” Brian Klein, Millan’s attorney said in a statement. “We appreciate Animal Control’s comprehensive, independent, and fair investigation, which Cesar Millan actively cooperated with throughout.
“We were always confident that Animal Control would conclude that Cesar and his team did nothing wrong and that there would be no charges,” Klein said.
Nat Geo WILD explained the “Dog Whisperer” was working with an aggressive French bulldog/terrier mix named Simon that had a history of attacking other animals including the dog’s owner’s pot-bellied pigs.
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“A short clip from the episode was shared online and showed Simon chasing a pig and nipping its ear, causing the ear to bleed,” Nat Geo WILD said at the time. “The clip caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter.”
The television channel released additional footage from the same episode “to provide missing context.”
Nat Geo said the pig was nipped by the dog and it was attended to immediately following the bite. The animal “healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress.”
On Monday, Millan said he was “pleased but not surprised by this news.”
“Just like LA County Animal Control, my team and I are 100 per cent dedicated to the proper care of all animals, including the farm pig in this case,” Millan said. “I am continuing my work rescuing and rehabilitating even the most difficult problem dogs, which has saved the lives of thousands of animals that otherwise would have been euthanized.”