Dog Whisperer's Cesar Millan Cleared in Animal Cruelty Investigation
04/11/2016 AT 03:45 PM EDT
Los Angeles County Animal Control officials have cleared Millan of wrongdoing after investigating reports of possible animal cruelty last month after a dog was seen nipipng a pig's ear during an episode of the star's Nat Geo WILD series Cesar 911.
"I am pleased but not surprised by this news – our animal handling procedures are safe and humane," Millan says in a statement to PEOPLE. "Just like LA County Animal Control, my team and I are 100 percent dedicated to the proper care of all animals, including the farm pig in this case. I am continuing my work rescuing and rehabilitating even the most difficult problem dogs, which has saved the lives of thousands of animals that otherwise would have been euthanized."
In the episode of Cesar 911 in question, Millan was working with a French bulldog-terrier mix named Simon who had a history of attacking his owner's pot-bellied pigs. At the time the investigation was launched, officials noted Millan took precautions before allowing the dog to run free around the pig, which was being used to rehabilitate the dog.
"We appreciate Animal Control's comprehensive, independent, and fair investigation, which Cesar Millan actively cooperated with throughout," Millan's attorney Brian Klein tells PEOPLE in a statement. "We were always confident that Animal Control would conclude that Cesar and his team did nothing wrong and that there would be no charges. We are very glad to learn that is the case."
Last month after the investigation was launched, Millan told PEOPLE his show was "about helping dogs in crisis."
"To me that's what the real story is here, some people would like to make it bigger than what it is, they're taking this story out of proportion. If they watch the episode they can see clearly that the dog and the pig became best friends."