‘A Dog’s Purpose’ writer defends on-set treatment of dogs

The film is produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. “It takes a cold heart not to find this footage disturbing, so PETA asks whether ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ was written from the heart or just to make a buck,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. Shortly after the video was released, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized the animal trainer and called for a boycott of the film.On Friday, the animals rights group blasted Cameron’s comments about the footage.

The author of the best-selling book “A Dog’s Purpose” – and co-writer of a new film with the same name – is taking issue with a controversial video that appears to show a German shepherd being abused on set.W. Bruce Cameron issued a statement Friday suggesting the video had been edited to make the incident appear worse than it actually was.“I found the video we’ve all seen to be shocking because when I was on set, the ethic of everyone was the safety and comfort of the dogs,” Cameron said in a statement released by his publicist. “If the people who shot and edited the video thought something was wrong, why did they wait fifteen months to do anything about it, instead of immediately going to the authorities?”

• RELATED STORY: See controversial ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ video that led to canceled movie premiereTMZ posted the footage on its website Wednesday. The accompanying story said the dog: “desperately resisted shooting a risky scene, but chilling footage shows filmmakers apparently forcing the animal into rushing water.” TMZ did not immediately respond to a request Friday for comment on Cameron’s criticism. On the video, a man can be seen struggling to put a dog into a pool of rushing water while the dog fights him. It has been viewed nearly 6,000,000 times on YouTube.

The mistake was trying to dip the dog in the water to show him it was okay — the water wasn’t his issue, it was the location that was the issue.” “When he was asked to perform the stunt from the other side of the pool, which was not how he had been doing it all day, he balked. Cameron admitted that he wasn’t on set when the footage was recorded, but said he has “viewed footage taken of the day in question” and the commentary “accompanying the edited video mischaracterizes what happened.”“The dog was not terrified and not thrown in the water — I’ve seen footage of Hercules earlier that day joyfully jumping in the pool,” he said.