Cesar Millan, the nationally known “Dog Whisperer” whose training sessions for canines have been televised for years, is now under fire for allegations of animal cruelty.
Various media outlets reported Millan’s latest television episode of “Cesar 911” included a live pig for a behavioral training session for a dog. The dog, however, had a past history with biting at least two other pet pigs, Fox News reported. And during this latest try, the same dog bit the pigs’ ear, drawing blood.
The Los Angeles County Animal Control deputy director, Danny Unbario, said his office kicked off an investigation, which is still in the “active” stage, after receiving a single complaint about the incident. He also said to TheWrap officials had gone to Millan’s training outlet in Santa Clarita, Calif., but Millan was out of town.
The network that broadcasts “Cesar 911,” Nat Geo WILD, put out a statement acknowledging the incident “caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter. … The pig that was nipped … was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress.”
Nat Geo WILD also said: “As a result, [the dog] did not have to be separated from his owner or euthanized.”
“Cesar 911” is the morphing of Millan’s first show, entitled “The Dog Whisperer,” which was broadcast between 2004 and 2012.