Amazon Prime has reportedly cancelled The Pack after PETA slammed the show over leaked footage showing dogs dangling over a steep drop and slamming into rocks while strapped to humans rappelling down a cliff face.
The Amazing Race-style series, hosted by Olympian Lindsey Vonn and her dog Lucy, featured humans and their pooches competing in challenges described by the animal rights group as ‘dangerous situations,’ The Wrap reported.
Editing room floor videos, which appear to be taken from a cell phone, show the pups hanging between their owner’s legs while slamming into the cliff face and flailing their paws in a desperate bid to scramble to safety.
The videos, taken from raw footage, were shot at the 108-foot Los Campesinos Falls in Costa Rica for the show’s third episode, The Wrap reported.
The show was released on Amazon Prime on November 20 and 10 episodes of the show are available for streaming. The leaked footage was not used in the episode.
Daily Mail has reached out to Amazon for confirmation and additional information.
Lewis Crary, PETA’s Assistant Manager of Pets Animals in Film and Television Division, told DailyMail.com that the organization was ‘so thrilled that Amazon made the compassionate decision to cancel this show.’
‘Whenever dogs are used for film and television they get the short end of the stick. On a set, time is money and animal needs are compromised in the name of ratings,’ Crary said.
‘Nothing says 2020 like a reality show dangling dogs over water falls and swinging them into rock faces. Animals are individuals and they are not props and gimmicks to use for reality TV.’
Crary added that the organization was responding to the ‘disturbing images’ in the repelling videos, but was additionally concerned about the possibility of other unused content.
‘It’s really the unknown of – if this series was comfortable with that scene, then what else didn’t we see and what else Amazon executives knew that forced their handle to cancel this,’ he said.
‘Being a part of a pack means protecting your companion, not strapping them to a harness and helplessly lowering them down a cliff. PETA hopes everyone involved takes a lesson from the footage and Amazon’s moment of clarity.’
Amazon touted its focus on animal safety in marketing leading to the show’s premiere, according to a report in Variety.
Dog trainers were brought on to teach the pups specific skills needed to compete and consulted on challenge development.
‘All of the dogs ride in crash-tested harnesses or carriers, and we didn’t just put the harnesses on the dogs,’ trainer Nicole Ellis said.