8:57am PT by Kate Stanhope
Nat Geo's "Dog Whisperer" Won't Face Charges, Animal Cruelty Investigation Closed
Cesar Millan will not be charged with animal cruelty and the investigation into the "Dog Whisperer" and National Geographic Channel star has been closed, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
An investigation was launched a month ago when a clip from Millan's Nat Geo series showed a pig being attacked and injured by a dog at his training center.
Despite the allegations, NatGeo quickly came to its star's defense, issuing a lengthy statement that claimed viewers were not able to see the full context of the encounter that occurred between the pig and dog in question. The network, which also released an extended clip of the incident in question, said he was "confident" that the allegations would be dropped.
"We appreciate Animal Control’s comprehensive, independent, and fair investigation, which Cesar Millan actively cooperated with throughout," Millan's attorney, Brian Klein, said in a statement. "We were always confident that Animal Control would conclude that Cesar and his team did nothing wrong and that there would be no charges. We are very glad to learn that is the case."
Added Millan: "I am pleased but not surprised by this news — our animal handling procedures are safe and humane. Just like LA County Animal Control, my team and I are 100 percent dedicated to the proper care of all animals, including the farm pig in this case. I am continuing my work rescuing and rehabilitating even the most difficult problem dogs, which has saved the lives of thousands of animals that otherwise would have been euthanized."
Following his long-running NatGeo show Dog Whisperer which ended in 2012, Millan now hosts and produces Cesar 911 on Nat Geo Wild.