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Self-proclaimed ‘Dog Whisperer’ and star of NatGeo television show Cesar 911, Cesar Millan has been cleared of all animal cruelty charges stemming from an episode that aired last month.
In the episode, Simon, a French Bulldog/terrier mix with a history of attacking pigs, visited Millan’s Dog Psychology Center to be rehabilitated by the trainer when things went terribly wrong. According to animal advocates and behaviorists, Millan’s techniques directly led to a bloody attack on one of the pigs. An attack which, many agree, would have been avoided had Millan taken necessary precautions to provide for the safety of all animals involved.
The episode sparked outrage among behaviorists, trainers, and animal lovers alike and created a deeper chasm between those that support Millan’s methods and those that vehemently oppose them.
While Millan has been cleared, investigators indicated he was indeed negligent, but thought it would be “best handled with a conversation urging corrective action rather than filing animal cruelty charges.”
“We were always confident that Animal Control would conclude that Cesar and his team did nothing wrong and that there would be no charges,” Millan’s attorney, Brian Klein, said in a statement.