Dog Whisperer Star Cesar Millan Investigated for Animal Cruelty [Updated]

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In news that you probably shouldn't tell that aunt who only watches the Nat Geo Wild channel, authorities are investigating former Dog Whisperer host Cesar Millan following reports of animal cruelty on his current show, Cesar 911. According to Entertainment Tonight, the report stems from an online video that showed a dog with a history of violence biting the ear of a potbellied pig during a training session. Nat Geo Wild, in a statement, has refuted claims about the clip, which has spurred online protests and petitions against the show. "The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress," the statement reads. The channel also provided video footage to give more context for the incident. Authorities visited Millan's Dog Psychology Center on Thursday evening, but the trainer was not present at that time. He has been given a 24-hour notice to get in contact with the authorities, who "would like to inquire about the whereabouts and well-being of the pig."

Update: In an interview with the Associated Press, Millan has called the animal cruelty claims "misguided." "I do have a large group of fans and a small group of people who don't agree with me. They are taking this the wrong way and blowing it way out of proportion," Millan said, adding that the pig involved in the incident was fine, and that the dog had been rehabilitated. The self-taught dog trainer also said that he would cooperate with the authorities when he returns from his speaking tour.