'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan will not face animal cruelty charges
UPI News Service, 04/11/2016
Cesar Millan will not face animal cruelty charges for an incident broadcast on his "Cesar 911" reality series.
The 46-year-old Dog Whisperer was under investigation after a dog he was training bit a pig on the ear on the Feb. 26 episode of the Nat Geo Wild series.
Los Angeles County Animal Control officials announced Millan won't face criminal charges Monday after inspecting the pig and interviewing those involved with the shoot.
Millan responded by saying he is "pleased but not surprised" by the news.
"They have found that we did nothing wrong and no charges will be brought against me or my team," the star wrote on his website. "My team and I are 100% dedicated to the proper care of all animals and our animal handling procedures are safe and humane."
"We will continue to rescue and rehabilitate even the most difficult problem dogs," he added. "Our work has saved the lives of thousands of animals that otherwise would have been euthanized."
The dog in question, Simon, has a history of attacking other animals, including his owner's pet pot-bellied pigs.
Millan previously said he "effectively helped" Simon overcome the aggressive behavior, allowing the dog to avoid being euthanized.
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"The pig and the dog became friends," he told People magazine in March. "Nobody is looking at the whole story. They're looking at a moment that happened, which I understand -- it's a sensitive subject."
"I don't use animals as bait," he asserted. "It's ridiculous that they'd take something and turn it into this, when my main goal is purely harmony and balance."
Millan is best known for the series "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan," which ran for nine seasons on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild.
"Cesar 911" premiered in 2014 and airs new episodes Fridays at 9 p.m. ET.
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