Statement regarding a video released on January 18, 2017
We understand there was an observer on the set of this film who was there to advocate on behalf of the dogs. All animals on a film set should have a qualified person who is there to protect their best interests. During the filming of this movie, the Winnipeg Humane Society was consulted for two scenes: a pond scene and a veterinarian clinic scene. It is important to ensure there is an unbiased representative who is neither the animal’s owner or handler that participates in every scene, protecting the animal’s health and safety.
This dog was fearful and not properly trained for this experience. As well, there was no safe exit point for the dog to escape the turbulent water. Training for a scene like this should take place weeks – if not months – in advance to help a dog get comfortable with not only being in water of that depth, but also the turbulence. It also helps to ensure the dog will not suffer consequences from such a traumatic experience.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted us regarding this situation and expressing your concern.