The upcoming movie, "A Dog's Purpose" looks like a great family film. A dog named Bailey is reincarnated many times and has so many adventures. Dennis Quaid stars in the movie.
But the film is now under extreme scrutiny for their blatant animal abuse that video has surfaced of online.
The movie was shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba in November of 2015. In the video, you can see a trainer forcing a clearly terrified dog into a pool of rushing water. The dog is seen trying to claw his way out of the pool but he is repeatedly pushed down. The dog eventually is forced into the water and is almost immediately submerged.
It's unclear whether or not the dog was supposed to be submerged, as the director yells "CUT IT!" almost immediately after it happens.
At least one crew member voiced their concern about the dog's unethical treatment during the scene.
This is the video. Warning: it is extremely difficult to watch.
Since the video surfaced, many animal rights groups have voiced their concerns about the well-being of the animals on this set. PETA is urging the public to boycott the film.
"There's no exemption, there's no loophole that lets Hollywood filmmakers get away with inflicting distress on animals, and they should face the consequences of the law," Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, said.
"This dog was fearful and not properly trained for this experience," Winnipeg Humane Society CEO, Javier Schwersensky, said. "As well, there was no safe exit point for the dog to escape the turbulent water."
Universal Pictures has seen the video, and told TMZ:
"Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video."
The director of the film tweeted out a response to the video, indicating there is an investigation ongoing about the incident.
"I am very disturbed by the video released today from the set of my film A Dog's Purpose. I did not witness these actions. We were all committed to providing a loving and safe environment for all the animals in the film. I have been promised that a thorough investigation into this situation is underway and that any wrongdoing will be reported and punished. I have been a lifelong animal lover and A DOG'S PURPOSE is my third film about dogs. The animals' safety was of utmost priority. For both myself and everyone on the set. I have been a lifelong animal lover and A DOG'S PURPOSE is my third film about dogs. We were all committed to providing a loving, respectful and safe environment for all the animals in the film."
The movie is scheduled to be released January 27th.