Moviegoers and organizations like PETA also expressed concern and were vocal about not supporting the film, which released on January 27.
Controversial footage from the film set of A Dog's goal that sparked outrage and a boycott was manipulated and "mischaracterized events on the set", according to a statement released by American Humane Association. The video also apparently showed the dog in danger of drowning when it eventually became submerged in a pool.
It went on to cite two key points, such as "the two scenes shown in the edited video were filmed at different times" and "the first video scene was stopped after the dog showed signs of stress".
Following a public outcry over footage taken during the filming of "A Dog's Purpose" that seemingly shows a terrified dog being thrown against its will into churning water, an independent third-party investigation has concluded that there was no mistreatment of animals during the filming, determining that the video in question had been heavily edited for the sole objective of "stoking outrage".
In addition, the dog was immediately assisted out of the water following the incident, and received an examination shortly after.
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-The dog was selected for his love of the water, and had been professionally trained and conditioned for the water scenes over the course of six weeks, using positive training techniques.
American Humane - which is devoted to making sure animals are safe on movie sets - concluded that none of the animals in "A Dog's Purpose" ever faced any danger while working on the film.
"The decisions by the individual or individuals who captured and deliberately edited the footage, and then waited longer than 15 months to release the manipulated video only days before the movie's premiere, raise serious questions about their motives and ethics", the statement continues.
After warming up in the tent, the investigator claims "eyewitnesses report that the dog wanted to go back in the water" - but the scene was ended anyway "out of an abundance of caution". Now, an independent investigation states the footage had been tampered with.
The news release maintains that "throughout its work on the set, the dog was treated with great care, attentiveness, and respect", offering several examples. "We are the first to address and fight cruelty and abuse, and no such things happened on the set of A Dog Purpose".