Actor Dennis Quaid slams animal cruelty rumours after A Dog’s Purpose scandal

By Nici De Wet
25 January 2017

“If there was any abuse of any animal, I would have walked.”

Dennis Quaid has broken his silence surrounding a controversial video that appeared to show a German Shepherd being mistreated on the set of his new flick, A Dog’s Purpose.

The vid, which was posted online by TMZ, shows the scared-looking animal being pushed into a pool of rushing water while someone can be heard shouting, “just throw him in”.

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The clip resulted in Peta asking moviegoers to boycott the film. It’s premiere was also forced to be cancelled amid the public outcry.

According to the 62-year-old actor, who says he’s “angered” by the incident, “if there was any abuse of any animal, I would have walked”.

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In his experience, the animals “were treated great”. “That video that someone took and sold for money and held on to for a year and a half until right before the film’s coming out, does not tell the whole story. First of all, it's been edited and manipulated. I think it's a scam.

Gavin Polone, a producer on the film, explains the incident further, saying, “The dog did the scene in rehearsal without problem, though it was from the left side of the pool, not the right side, which is where the dog is in the video ... Before the first real take, the handlers were asked to change the start point of the dog from the left to the right side. That, evidently, is what caused him to be spooked. What is clear from viewing all the footage was that the dog was NEVER forced into the water.”

Sources:, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight

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