Pet owner comes to Cesar Millan's defense in dog-bites-pig incident

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The animal cruelty complaint against dog behavior specialist and TV host Cesar Millan is apparently on its way to becoming not much more than a shaggy-dog-bites-pig story.

Millan, whose "Cesar 911," show airs on Nat Geo WILD, was named in a citizen complaint that was filed against his dog psychology center in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Thursday. TMZ reported Thursday that Simon, a dog brought to Millan for training, bit a pig in a pen during a training session seen on "Cesar 911." Officials with Los Angeles County Animal Control investigated the complaint.

But the woman who owns Simon, a bulldog-Boston terrier mix, has since come to Millan's defense. TMZ reported this morning that the woman identified as Sandy, spoke on Millan's behalf, defending Millan in a video testimonial.

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Pet owner comes to Cesar Millan's defense in dog-bites-pig incident
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: American dog trainer and television presenter Cesar Millan performs live on stage with his dogs 'Benson' (L) and 'Junior' (R) during his show at Max-Schmeling Hall on September 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stefan Hoederath/Redferns via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: World-renown dog behaviorist and TV personality Cesar Millan and his dog Junior visit the Empire State Building to promote the new season of the TV series 'Cesar 911' on National Geographic WILD in New York, New York on February 4, 2016. Photo Credit: Rainmaker Photo/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Cesar Millan discusses season 3 of his show 'Cesar 911' at AOL Studios In New York on February 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Cesar Millan discusses season 3 of his show 'Cesar 911' at AOL Studios In New York on February 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
Cesar Millan arrives at the Fox Network 2015 Programming Upfront at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Monday, May 11, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Dog behaviorist Cesar Millan attends the Premiere of Nat Geo Wild's 'Cesar 911' Season 2 at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on March 13, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Cesar Millan, Andy Cohen, Mark Duplass and John Oliver -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PLANTATION, FL - NOVEMBER 08: Cesar Millan attends Cesar Millan's Pawsitive Leadership Event on November 8, 2014 in Plantation, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - APRIL 11: Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan, star of Nat Geo WILDs new series Leader of the Pack, speaks at Route 66 Casinos Legends Theater on APRIL 11, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Steve Snowden/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - AUGUST 22: Cesar Millan attends 'Elephant Parade: Welcome To America Unveils Herd Of 30 Life-Size Elephants Painted by Star Studded Artist Line-Up at St. Regis' Monarch Beach Resort on August 22, 2013 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
Dog Whisperer host Cesar Millan, center, poses with his elephant sculpture during the Elephant Parade kickoff event on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in Dana Point, Calif. 30 life-size elephant sculptures made their first public debut in Southern California in an effort to bring awareness to the endangered Asian Elephant species. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Oct. 18, 2012 photo, Cesar Millan poses with his English Bull Dog George at his Dog Psychology Center, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Millan has a new television show, book, tour and documentary. "Cesar Millan: The Real Story" airs on Nat Geo Wild on Nov. 25, 2012. It will also launch a global speaking tour. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
In this Oct. 18, 2012 photo, Cesar Millan poses with his horse Conquistador at his Dog Psychology Center, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Millan has a new television show, book, tour and documentary. "Cesar Millan: The Real Story" airs on Nat Geo Wild on Nov. 25, 2012. It will also launch a global speaking tour. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Cesar Millan is interviewed at Global Toronto's "The Morning Show" on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Cesar Millan, aka "The Dog Whisperer," waves to photographers at the 24th Annual Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
File - This file photo taken Sept. 8, 2009 shows Cesar Millan celebrating his 40th birthday at the East Valley Animal Shelter in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. Millan's National Geographic television show "Dog Whisperer" is seen in more than 80 countries, he's got three best sellers and another book due out in October and he is a frequent guest star on any number of TV talk shows. He's adding a magazine. Cesar's Way will be published twice this year and six times next year. The inaugural issue is due out Tuesday Sept. 15. Tips for traveling, eating, playing and dying are included in the 120-page magazine. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel/File)
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"I had asked for Cesar's help because Simon had a lifelong history of aggression towards animals, including my two potbellied pigs," Sandy says in the video. "During the filming of Simon's rehabilitation, he did nip the ear of a large farm pig and the ear began to bleed. However, the farm pig was not seriously injured and within an hour of the incident Simon and the pig were walking calmly and peacefully together."

Sandy continued: "I feel so blessed to have had Cesar's help and it upsets me profoundly that people have mischaracterized what really happened."

That line of thought was much the same as that of Chris Albert, a National Geographioc Channel senior vice president, who announced on Friday that Millan would face no discipline from the channel. "Why would we punish him?" Albert told TheWrap. "He didn't do anything wrong,"

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