Even though I personally loved it, A Dog’s Purpose has been getting terrible reviews, a lot of which have to do with people judging the movie because of that controversial video showing Hercules the German Shepherd getting pushed in to rushing rapids. Well, just as we suspected, it turns out that what we saw in that video wasn’t quite what everybody thought!
The American Humane Association has completed their extensive investigation in to this and
they released a statement yesterday saying that it was a hoax and that the video was basically “FAKE NEWS”:
The heavily edited video given to the gossip site TMZ mischaracterized the events on the set. The decisions by the individual or individuals who captured and deliberately edited the footage, and then waited more than 15 months to release the manipulated video only days before the movie’s premiere, raise serious questions about their motives and ethics.
It should be noted, however, that the A Dog’s Purpose people weren’t entirely free from blame, their statement does acknowledge that the handling of the dog in the first scene in the video should have been gentler and signs of stress recognized earlier and they should have let him have a break.
You can read the full report HERE.
Very glad to hear this outcome but how about we all agree that we just don’t shove animals in raging rapids for entertainment purposes anymore?