Earlier today a video went viral showing what appeared to be the horrific treatment of an animal during the filming of the upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose”. TMZ released the video earlier today, and PETA immediately called for the boycott of the film, which is set to release in just a few days. The studio has broken their silence on the video, and it seems like Hercules the dog is ok.
The film was be produced by Amblin Entertainment and will be distributed by Universal Pictures. The story was supposed to be “a celebration of the special connection between humans and their dogs,” according to the studio, but after the video surfaced, it did not seem like the filmmakers shared the same ideals. The studio released a statement this evening saying, “in the spirit of this relationship, the Amblin production team followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals.”
The studio went on to say, “While we continue to review the circumstances shown in the edited footage, Amblin is confident that great care and concern was shown for the German Shepherd Hercules, as well as for all of the other dogs featured throughout the production of the film. There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts. On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.”
The studio also mentioned that “Hercules is happy and healthy,” but no other information was released at this time. The film, “A Dog’s Purpose” was directed by Lasse Hallström, working off a screenplay written by Cathryn Michon. The film is based on the original novel written by W. Bruce Cameron. The film stars Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.