Amazon Prime Video has canceled humans-and-their-dogs competition “The Pack” after just one season, TheWrap has learned. The “Amazing Race”-style series was hosted by Olympian Lindsey Vonn.
Last month, TheWrap obtained and published editing room-floor footage of dogs being put into seemingly dangerous situations. PETA condemned the footage in a statement to TheWrap.
“Video footage of a dog dangling in midair from someone’s harness and paddling in a futile effort to gain his footing before getting swung into a rock face shows exactly where producers’ priorities lay for ‘The Pack,'” PETA wrote. “It seems that this clip ended up on the cutting room floor because producers knew that the dog was not enthusiastic and happy, but distressed. This senior dog should be curled up on a sofa, not thrown into one dangerous situation after another for the sake of ratings. No dog would choose to be part of this ‘pack.'”
PETA also sent a letter addressed to Amazon’s head of unscripted programming, Chris Castallo, in which they say the footage “establishes exactly why real dogs and other animals don’t belong in films or on TV, as well as the way their safety and well-being are sacrificed for ratings.
Read the full letter from PETA here. You can also see the leaked footage by following that link.
The videos, taken from raw footage of a challenge in the show’s third episode, show the tasked human-dog teams rappelling down the 108-foot Los Campesinos Falls in Costa Rica. The clips are unedited and were shot with a cell phone off an editing machine, according to a source with knowledge of the post-production, and did not make it air. The source added that the editor was told to cut around these parts to make the scene work.
Amazon and Renegade83 did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the cancellation news.