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    PETA's 'Dog's Purpose' protest set for Friday night at ArcLight Hollywood

    Josh Gad voices the dog and Dennis Quaid stars as Ethan in the film "A Dog's Purpose." (Joe Lederer / Universal Pictures)
    Josh Gad voices the dog and Dennis Quaid stars as Ethan in the film "A Dog's Purpose." (Joe Lederer / Universal Pictures)

    Family-friendly film "A Dog's Purpose" remains at the center of a maelstrom of controversy after video of a frightened German shepherd being forced into rushing water during filming went viral last week.

    Though distributor Universal Pictures canceled the film’s red carpet premiere and promotional press junket, PETA announced Thursday plans to protest the opening night of "A Dog's Purpose" at ArcLight Hollywood.

    "No amount of spin from Hollywood will change the fact that being forced to do a terrifying stunt is not a dog's purpose," said PETA's senior vice president, Lisa Lange, in Thursday's statement. "PETA is calling on kind people to boycott this film and send the message that animals should be treated humanely, not exploited and abused as movie props."

    PETA's protest is scheduled to take place at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

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