After video on set was released of a German Shepherd being forced into water and submerging before being rescued, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for a boycott of the film and suggested that Hollywood no longer use live animals in films. Actor, Josh Gad, released a statement decrying the treatment of the animal, butcoworkers on the film, writer, W. Bruce Cameron, and actor,Dennis Quaid,dismissedthe overreaction to the video.
"The dog was fine," said Quaidon the Wednesday airing of NBC programToday. "This was a piece of video that was shot during the making of this. Some unknown person at the time. He also spliced, edited and manipulated that to make it look as if the dog was being abused. The dog had been in that water happily, and even afterwards too."
Birds and Animals Unlimited, who hired the dog, named Hercules,said that it was hired for its affinity for water. According to BAU, the dog had trained in similar pools for months and had shown no problems.
"We take extraordinary steps to ensure the safety of animals, starting long before a film starts shooting with a rigorous script review, detailed inspection of the sets and environment where animals will be, and on-set monitoring by trained certified animal safety representatives," read a statement from Mark Stubis, a spokesman for the American Humane Association.