Just like the circus acts or the performances at SeaWorld, here again we clearly see an animal, in this case a German Shepherd; being forced to perform when it is obviously clear to anyone that the animal is more than reluctant to undertake what is being asked / forced of it.
Regardless of concern for the welfare of the animal, we see the ‘trainer’ clearly forcing the dog into a torrent of rapid flowing water. Judging by the actions of people at the end of the video below, it is clear that things did not go according to plan.
No doubt we will read in the credits that ‘no animal was harmed in the making of this film’. Maybe they should add to the statement ‘but animals were forced to perform stunts when it was clear from their behaviour that they did not wish to take part’.
Somehow we do not think this will happen.
One of the dogs in the upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose” desperately resisted shooting a risky scene, but chilling footage shows filmmakers apparently forcing the animal into rushing water.
TMZ obtained this video of a scene shot in a pool outside Winnipeg, Canada in November 2015. You can see a trainer forcibly shoving a German Shepherd — one of at least 5 dogs used in the production — into the frothing water, but the animal wanted NO part of it … and repeatedly clawed at the pool’s edge.
Sources connected to production tell us 8 outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river. The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.
It’s unclear if the dog going under was scripted, but someone immediately yelled, “Cut it!” … and handlers rushed to the animal.