Los Angeles County Animal Control has wrapped up the investigation into allegations of animal cruelty that were leveraged against "dog whisperer" Cesar Millan. The charges came after a pot-bellied pig was attacked by a French bulldog mix during an episode of his TV show, according to authorities.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the investigation into Millan lasted nearly a month. The show, "Cesar 911" airs on National Graphic, and they never disputed that the French bulldog mix, whose name is Simon, attacked the pig during training. The pig was bit in the ear, but he was okay. The dog was leashed to the pig so that he could exist around them.
“The clip caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter,” National Geographic Wild said in a statement. “The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress.”
Investigators talked to everyone involved in the show, according to officials.
“After a comprehensive investigation by our officers, we presented a very thorough and complete report to the District Attorney’s office and they were unable to find anything to charge Mr. Millan with,” said Aaron Reyes, deputy director for animal care and control. “It’s a fair decision.”
They watched video several times and interviewed all involved. There was no intent to harm the animal, nor was there any neglect.
“You can tell that it was not intentional and [Millan’s] reactions were swift and effective,” Reyes said. “The injuries to the pig looked worse than they really were, and they got immediate veterinary care.”
Millan said that he didn't believe there was a crime that occurred. He was pleased that there were no charges, according to a statement he released:
“My team and I are 100% dedicated to the proper care of all animals, including the farm pig in this case,” he said. “I am continuing my work rescuing and rehabilitating even the most difficult problem dogs, which has saved the lives of thousands of animals that otherwise would have been euthanized.”
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This was the first complaint against the property, a 45-acre dog training ranch in Santa Clarita. The dog was completely rehabilitated.