Gad lent his voice to one of the dog characters in the film. Video that has now gone viral revealed that trainers on the set in Winnipeg, Canada,attempted to force a dog into rushing water. The dog clawed at the edge of the pool before attempting to run away from the trainer.
"You just got to throw him in," commented a voice off camera while laughing.
After general repulsion to the video and PETA calling for a boycott of the film, Gad released a statement via Twitter.
"A few months ago, I was approached to lend my voice to the film A Dog's Purpose. As I sat in a dark screening room, I was beyond touched and moved by what I saw...a movie that captures the beauty and pain of loving a pet. I signed on for a film that truly stands out as one of the most beautiful love letters to animals I have ever seen," said Gad. "Today, however, I saw a disturbing video that appears to show a scared German Shepherd being forced to perform a stunt on the set of this film. While I do not know all the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the making of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will."