This is NOT okay.
With just about a week until A Dog’s Purpose‘s theatrical release, new footage has surfaced that is sure to keep animal lovers from seeing the film.
TMZ obtained footage from the flick’s production in November 2015, which shows one of the pups being forced into terrifyingly turbulent water to film a scene in Winnipeg, Canada.
The chilling clip captures an animal trainer shoving a visibly frightened German Shepherd into a pool full of water that was being churned by EIGHT motors.
The pup was so opposed to getting into the recreated river that it clawed at the edge of the pool the entire way in.
What’s even scarier is that the pooch actually went under at one point. And while we don’t know if the script called for the animal to be submerged, we could hear someone repeatedly yell:
TMZ is reporting that director Lasse Hallstr├â┬╢m was there for the whole thing, and at least one production staffer was worried about the way the crew was treating the dog.
Both Universal Pictures and Amblin Partners are aware of the video and told the outlet:
“Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”
Considering five dogs worked on this film, we sure hope so!
Click here to watch the disturbing clip.
[Image via Universal Pictures.]