LOS ANGELES — Dog whisperer Cesar Millan will not face animal cruelty charges in connection with a recent episode involving a pig and a do.
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control had been looking into complaints that poured in after a segment of Millan’s Nat Geo Wild series, Cesar 911, said Aaron Reyes, the agency’s deputy director.
“After a comprehensive investigation including inspecting the pig, reviewing the veterinary report, reviewing the full video several times and interviewing all persons involved, the DA’s office, like us, were unable to identify any animal cruelty committed by Mr. Millan. The case was then declined and closed,” said Reyes.
In the February 26 show, Millan was working with Simon, an aggressive French bulldog-terrier mix with a history of attacking his owner’s pot-bellied pigs and other animals, a National Geographic Channel spokesman said.
The episode showed Simon biting the ear of one of the pigs during a training session — and that’s when viewers started calling for the show to be canceled.
The National Geographic Channel defended its star, saying the short clip shared online didn’t tell the whole story.
“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 released a statement saying he was pleased but not surprised by the news.