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Wonderwall Logo By Megan Riedlinger of Wonderwall | Slide 2 of 17: It was pretty much a guarantee that animal lovers were going to show up in droves to see "A Dog's Purpose" in 2017 -- at least until a video surfaced that featured a potential case of animal cruelty. Yep, a video emerged on TMZ that showed a distressed dog being thrown into a pool. American Humane, which supervised the treatment of animals on set, claimed that the dog in question, a German shepherd named Hercules, was specially trained for those scenes and wasn't ever forced to swim. (It also later cited a third-party independent investigation that found the clip was "deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public and stoking public outrage.") But since the video seemed to show otherwise, it led to massive boycotts and likely dampened box office results.

It was pretty much a guarantee that animal lovers were going to show up in droves to see "A Dog's Purpose" in 2017 -- at least until a video surfaced that featured a potential case of animal cruelty. Yep, a video emerged on TMZ that showed a distressed dog being thrown into a pool. American Humane, which supervised the treatment of animals on set, claimed that the dog in question, a German shepherd named Hercules, was specially trained for those scenes and wasn't ever forced to swim. (It also later cited a third-party independent investigation that found the clip was "deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public and stoking public outrage.") But since the video seemed to show otherwise, it led to massive boycotts and likely dampened box office results.

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