Cesar Millan, globally famous for his almost extrasensory perception with canines, is being looked at for animal cruelty in Santa Clarita, Calif.
The NatGeo WILD star of his own show Cesar 911 had a complaint placed against him at Millan’s dog psychology center, a 45-acre dog rehabilitation ranch. Los Angeles County Animal Control visited his center to look into the claim tied to a Feb. 26 episode where a dog injured a pot-bellied pig.
In a statement released to the media (and provided by the Los Angeles Times), National Geographic Wild, which airs the show, explained what happened in the episode:
“Millan was working with Simon, a French bulldog/terrier mix, who frequently attacked other animals, including his owner’s pet pot-bellied pigs. A short clip from the episode was shared online and showed Simon chasing a pig and nipping its ear, causing the ear to bleed. The clip caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter. The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first taste of #PRFail Millan has experienced.
More than 8,300 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for Millan to be reported to animal control, the American Humane Society and the Los Angeles City Attorney because of the episode, citing California state law against cruelty to animals.
Another petition with nearly 10,000 signatures declared that Millan should be “banned from all television.”
Although Millan is known for taking precautions to offer a safe and controlled environment at his center, he can’t prevent all incidents, like what happened to this pig.
Eventually, Cesar and his animal pack effectively helped Simon to overcome his aggressive behavior toward other animals; thus, he did not have to be separated from his owner or euthanized.
Here, see for yourself.