She told me they were investigating how this could happen and would hold those responsible to account: what I wanted to hear.Cynically, I could say that the executives at the studio were looking to protect their asset, and that is true, but I also know they are all dog lovers and caring people, and I believe they were genuinely concerned about the welfare of all the animals on the movie.

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When the dog didn't want to do the scene from the new position, they cut, though not soon enough, and then went back to the original position.

The dog was comfortable and went in on his own and they shot the scene.

Also, in the rehearsal footage, it's clear that there is a safety diver and a trainer in the pool to protect the dog in case of a problem, as well as two trainers, a stunt coordinator, and a safety officer on the deck, and that there are platforms built into the pool where the dog can swim to and stand, if need be.

The pool was heated to between 80 and 85 degrees, causing it to steam.

Seeing that distraught dog in the video did not comport with what I had observed in the prior weeks of production.

As soon as the video was displayed on TMZ, PETA called for a boycott of the movie and I began receiving messages on Twitter that ranged from polite questions about what happened to harsh anger.The American Humane Association (AHA) representative who is paid by the production to "ensure the safety and humane treatment of animal actors," as its website states, should have also intervened immediately on both of those parts of the filming. Those individuals should be held accountable and never used again by that studio or its affiliates.I also hold myself accountable because, even though I was not present, I knew and had written about how ineffective AHA has been over the years.Last Thursday, I went to Amblin's office and watched all the film shot on the day in question, as well as saw video from the trainers and still photographs.As with the TMZ video that you saw, two things were evident: 1) the dog handler tries to force the dog, for 35 to 40 seconds, into the water when, clearly, he didn't want to go in; and 2) in a separate take filmed sometime later, the dog did go into the water, on his own, and, at the end, his head is submerged for about 4 seconds.I am a vegan who has fewer close friends than most and no relatives with whom I speak regularly.