LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan will not be charged with animal cruelty, the celebrity dog trainer’s attorney announced Monday.
Millan’s pet sanctuary and training facility in Santa Clarita was visited March 10 by Los Angeles County Animal Control officers after receiving an online complaint about animal cruelty. The complaint stemmed from a Feb. 26 episode of Millan’s series, “Cesar 911,” which showed an aggressive dog biting on the ear of a pot-bellied pig during a behavior training session.READ MORE: Día De Los Muertos Celebrations and Others Return To LA
Millan and his attorney said they were informed by the county Department of Animal Care and Control that their investigators “have found that we did nothing wrong and no charges will be brought against me or my team.”READ MORE: Sigma Nu Fraternity At USC Suspends Member At Center Of Sexual Assault Allegations
Millan, in a statement, said, “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 as saved the lives of thousands of animals that otherwise would have been euthanized.”
Aaron Reyes, spokesman for the county Department of Animal Care and Control, confirmed that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing found.MORE NEWS: USC Places Sigma Nu Fraternity On Interim Suspension After Reports Of 'Possible Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults,' Students Protest In Support Of Victims
“After a comprehensive investigation — including inspecting the pig, reviewing the veterinary report, reviewing the full video and interviewing all involved — our major case unit packaged up the case and presented it to the (District Attorney’s Office) approximately two weeks ago,” Reyes said. “They — like us — did not see animal cruelty on the video or anywhere in the case file. So the case was declined, and closed.”