The National Geographic Wild network stood behind famed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan Friday following a visit to his Santa Clarita training facility by animal-control officers and sheriff’s deputies over a report of animal cruelty.
The Thursday evening visit to Millan’s Dog Psychology Center on Blue Cloud Road was prompted by a video of Millan’s “Cesar 911” series that showed an aggressive dog being trained by Millan chasing and nipping the ear of a pot- bellied pig.
But officials with NatGeoWild said the clip was being viewed out of context. The network posted a more extensive clip of the training session on its Facebook page. Network officials said Millan was working with a French bulldog/terrier mix named Simon, who has a history of attacking other animals, “including his owners’ 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,” according to the network. “The clip caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter.”
Network officials insisted that Millan took precautions during the training session.
“The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress,” according to the network. “As the additional clip reveals, Cesar and his animal pack effectively helped Simon to overcome his aggressive behavior toward other animals. As a result, Simon did not have to be separated from his owner or euthanized.”
—City News Service