Celebrity crimes often seem to fit their biggest passions. When you first heard Elmo Muppet operator Kevin Clash was being charged with sexual misconduct, instantly you knew it was for crimes against minors (that case was later dismissed). Now that word of Cesar Millan's criminal investigation is out, the mind instantly goes to crimes against animals. And you would be right! Known as the Dog Whisperer, the man is being investigated for swine abuse.
Star of Cesar 911 and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, the home of Cesar Millan was raided by California animal control's major investigation unit. He is suspected of possible animal cruelty. The Los Angeles County Animal Control officials began targeting the 46-year-old TV host after a dog was seen biting the ear of a pig during an episode of Cesar Millan's Nat Geo WILD series Cesar 911. Here's what Nat Geo WILD officials had to say in a statement.
"Cesar Millan is and will continue to fully cooperate with authorities in any investigation. He is confident that the investigation will show there was no wrongdoing."
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office spokesperson later explained that Sheriff's deputies were required to 'stand by' as the investigative unit searched through Cesar Millan's home. In this most recent episode of Cesar 911, the host was attempting to get a very aggressive French bulldog-terrier mix under control. Named Simon, the dog has a storied history of attacking his owner's pot-bellied pigs. It has been stated that Cesar Millan took the proper precessions before allowing Simon to run free amongst the pigs for his TV cameras. The official statement goes onto report these facts.
"A short clip from the episode was shared online and showed Simon chasing a pig and nipping its ear, causing it to bleed. The pig that was nipped by Simon was tended to immediately afterward, healed quickly and showed no lasting signs of distress."
Animal welfare officials received a flood of calls immediately after the footage aired on Nat Geo WILD. Within 24 hours, a notice was issued for the dog behaviorist. The cable network goes onto point out that Cesar Millan has long been dedicated to helping dogs and rehabilitating them. In the past, he has shown how the most difficult and problematic canines can be reformed. Nat Geo WILD appear to be standing behind their host, and it doesn't sound like he is in fear of losing his job at this time. It is noted that Cesar Millan successfully rehabilitated Simon, and the dog did not need to be separated from his own or the distressed pigs. And the dog escaped being euthanized.