Although filming was done in and around Los Angeles, AHA was never notified of the use of animals in the production.
According to the animal trainer’s statement, the shooting action was accomplished by putting the dogs on a tether-line with thin cord wrapped around the dogs’ front legs. When the end of the line was reached, the dogs’ front legs were jerked out from under them, causing them to tumble into a fall. This technique is similar to the rigging of a Running W wire trip on a horse. As tripping is unnecessary and stressful to any animal, AHA did not sanction this type of animal action and thus rated the film Unacceptable.
The ongoing expansion of the AHA Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media has raised the standard of care for animal actors worldwide. In addition, technological advancements have created safe alternatives to risky action, enabling filmmakers to maintain their creative vision without compromising the welfare of animal actors. AHA continues to be a vigilant watchdog for animals in film and television and acknowledges the groundbreaking history of this program while expanding and refining procedures to reflect increased knowledge and new challenges.