Leaked Video From ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Set Calls Film’s Treatment Of Animals Into Question

A trainer pushes a dog into rough water as it tries to claw its way out.

One of the dogs in the upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose” desperately resisted shooting a risky scene, but chilling footage shows filmmakers apparently forcing the animal into rushing water.

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UPDATE (10 p.m. ET): “A Dog’s Purpose” director Lasse Hallström released a statement regarding the video, saying, “I am very disturbed by the video released today from the set of my film A dog’s purpose. I did not witness these actions, which are unacceptable and would never happen with my knowledge. We were all committed to providing a loving, respectful and safe environment for all the animals in the film. I have been promised that a thorough investigation into this situation is underway and that any wrongdoing will be reported and punished.”