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'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan accused of animal cruelty

Posted by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM
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Cesar Millan

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — 

Authorities launched an investigation into famed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan after receiving complaints of possible animal cruelty related to his show “Cesar 911,” according to multiple reports.

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Los Angeles County Animal Control received multiple tips after a recent segment of Millan's show aired where the animal behaviorist used a live pig to train a dog who had already attacked two other pet pigs, according to KNBC.

“In the segment, the dog bit part of the pig's ear off before it could be stopped,” the TV station reported.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County's sheriff's department and animal control visited Millan's Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita Thursday, but Millan was not there. Animal Control told KNBC the 46-year-old would have 24 hours to get in contact with investigators.

“There was a complaint that we received and we are investigating the matter,” Deputy Director Danny Ubario, of Los Angeles County Animal Control, told TheWrap on Thursday. “An officer visited the center today and it is currently under investigation."

In a statement released to KNBC, a representative from Nat Geo WILD, which airs “Cesar 911,” said Millan took precautions before bringing the dog into contact with the pig and that his methods were successful in keeping the dog from being euthanized.

"Cesar Millan has dedicated his life to helping dogs and to showing how even the most difficult 'problem dog' can be rescued and rehabilitated," the statement said. "In a recent episode of the Nat Geo WILD series 'Cesar 911,' Cesar works with an aggressive French bulldog/terrier mix named Simon, who has a history of attacking other animals, including his owner’s pet potbellied 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.

"We have included an additional clip from the same episode to provide missing context (embedded above). Cesar has created a safe and controlled environment at his Dog Psychology Center (DPC) in California in which to rehabilitate some of the most extreme -- or 'red zone' -- cases of dog aggression, such as Simon’s. It is important to clarify that Cesar took precautions, such as putting Simon on a long lead to assess his behavior, before making initial corrections and removing the leash. The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress. 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."

Millan, a self-taught dog behaviorist, quickly rose to fame with his reality television show "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan." On the show Millan worked with problem dogs to correct their behaviors. The show aired from 2004 to 2012.

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Reading.Rainbow
by Mad Martigan on Mar. 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM
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It's a little ridiculous...

They should really charge the dog with animal cruelty... he's the one that bit the pig. Cesar stopped it.

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:03 PM

puppy

Masterchefmom
by Sapphire Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:04 PM
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He is a total idiot and has no idea what he is doing.
Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:20 PM
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What do you base that on? There are many, many dog owners who would completely disagree.

Quoting Masterchefmom: He is a total idiot and has no idea what he is doing.


Masterchefmom
by Sapphire Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Extensive research in dog behavior and neurobiology. 

Quoting Lunarprancer:

What do you base that on? There are many, many dog owners who would completely disagree.

Quoting Masterchefmom: He is a total idiot and has no idea what he is doing.


lancet98
by Ruby Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM
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Please explain far, far more specifically and in detail, what Cesar does that is wrong, as well as explaining what Cesar's theories are, and how your own theories of dog training differ from his, and in what way your methods are supported by research in neurobiology.

Since you have so much experience in research in dog behavior, please provide links to your research.  I'd love to read such interesting research, and am always looking to learn more about dog behavior, training and neurobiology.

Quoting Masterchefmom:

Extensive research in dog behavior and neurobiology. 

Quoting Lunarprancer:

What do you base that on? There are many, many dog owners who would completely disagree.

Quoting Masterchefmom: He is a total idiot and has no idea what he is doing.



Masterchefmom
by Sapphire Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM
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Anyone who knows anything about dogs knows the whole "wolf pack" mentality is outdated. Do some research. Where I live Milan is seen as a huge joke 

Quoting lancet98:

Please explain far, far more specifically and in detail, what Cesar does that is wrong, as well as explaining how your own theories of dog training differ from his, and in what way your methods are supported by research in neurobiology.

Quoting Masterchefmom:

Extensive research in dog behavior and neurobiology. 

Quoting Lunarprancer:

What do you base that on? There are many, many dog owners who would completely disagree.

Quoting Masterchefmom: He is a total idiot and has no idea what he is doing.




Slick_Shoes
by Data on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:11 PM
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I'm more for positive training, but the guy is not an animal abuser. While it is unfortunate the pig got bit, he is trying to help the dog learn how to act and he stepped in when things went south. 

Slick_Shoes
by Data on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM
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That's some really extensive "research" right there. 

Quoting Masterchefmom:

Anyone who knows anything about dogs knows the whole "wolf pack" mentality is outdated. Do some research. Where I live Milan is seen as a huge joke 

Quoting lancet98:

Please explain far, far more specifically and in detail, what Cesar does that is wrong, as well as explaining how your own theories of dog training differ from his, and in what way your methods are supported by research in neurobiology.

Quoting Masterchefmom:

Extensive research in dog behavior and neurobiology. 

Quoting Lunarprancer:

What do you base that on? There are many, many dog owners who would completely disagree.

Quoting Masterchefmom: He is a total idiot and has no idea what he is doing.





Masterchefmom
by Sapphire Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

I am not going to do research for you. I have learnt on here that you cant prove anything. Look it up for yourself. I can give you some places to start if you want though. 


Quoting Slick_Shoes:

That's some really extensive "research" right there. 

Quoting Masterchefmom:

Anyone who knows anything about dogs knows the whole "wolf pack" mentality is outdated. Do some research. Where I live Milan is seen as a huge joke 

Quoting lancet98:

Please explain far, far more specifically and in detail, what Cesar does that is wrong, as well as explaining how your own theories of dog training differ from his, and in what way your methods are supported by research in neurobiology.

Quoting Masterchefmom:

Extensive research in dog behavior and neurobiology. 

Quoting Lunarprancer:

What do you base that on? There are many, many dog owners who would completely disagree.

Quoting Masterchefmom: He is a total idiot and has no idea what he is doing.






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