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TV dog trainer Cesar Millan investigated for animal cruelty

By Shawn Price   |   March 11, 2016 at 4:39 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- Dog Whisperer TV star Cesar Millan is being investigated for animal cruelty following an incident on his current TV show.

The complaint was made against Millan's Dog Psychology Center north of Los Angeles on Thursday. The complaint possibly stems from an incident in which a dog fearful of pigs attacked a pig during a training session on a recently aired episode of his current show, Cesar 911 on Nat Geo Wild Channel.

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

When investigators arrived at the facility, family members said Millan was away on a business trip. Millan must comply to a 24-hour notice from animal control about the well-being of the pig.

The incident on the show outraged some animal activists and other dog trainers, inspiring professional dog trainer Laura Nativo to organize a petition demanding the cancellation of the show. Nearly 8,000 signatures have been collected so far.

"It was really difficult to watch," Nativo said. "It's not the way to rehabilitate an animal that is fearful and aggressive to pigs."

Millan is a self-taught dog trainer who became a star with his show, "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan" from 2004 to 2012.

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