Los Angeles County animal control officials wrapped up their probe into allegations of animal cruelty involving “dog whisperer” Cesar Millan after a pot-bellied pig was attacked by a French bulldog mix during an episode of his TV show, authorities said Monday.
The decision not to charge Millan brings a nearly month-long investigation over the pig’s attack to an end. National Geographic Wild, which airs “Cesar 911,” never disputed that the French bulldog mix, named Simon, attacked the pig during training. The dog reportedly bit the pig in the ear, drawing blood.
“There is no evidence that the pig was used as bait, and all parties who witnessed the incident felt it was an accident,” the evaluation said. “Although in the video the pig is seen bleeding, the dog's act was merely a nip and did not tear or bite the skin off.”
Throughout the investigation, Millan maintained that no crime occurred. In a statement, the trainer said he was pleased, but not surprised, that there would be no charges.
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Times staff writer Joseph Serna contributed to this report.